“I wasn’t able to carry my own children, walk upstairs or carry a bag,” recounts 35-year-old Edgar Pacheco, who was born with a congenital heart defect and has had numerous open-heart surgeries. “I had a leaky valve in my heart, and it was getting worse and worse. I had [...]

By uclahealth • September 30, 2019

“It’s a really exciting time for interventional cardiology as new technologies come to light for valvular heart disease,” says Dr. Olcay Aksoy, an interventional cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “At the Heart Failure Symposium, I will be presenting ‘How to Treat Mitral Regurgitation.’ Mitral regurgitation is a complex [...]

By uclahealth • May 13, 2019

On November 5, Maliheh Elmi underwent UCLA’s first successful MitraClip procedure, a percutaneous surgery that repairs the heart’s mitral valve without the need for open-heart surgery. At 90 years old, Maliheh was at a much higher risk for complications during a typical mitral valve surgery, as well as afterward in [...]

By uclahealth • January 25, 2016