Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty
Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is done to open a constricted heart valve with a balloon. Mitral Valve StenosisCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the puncture site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Lightheadedness, fainting, or inability to talk
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- An arm or a leg that turns blue or feels cold
- Any other new symptoms
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is done to open a constricted heart valve with a balloon.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Any of the heart’s four valves can become deformed. It may happen because of conditions at birth or scarring from disease. A damaged valve can decrease the amount of blood that flows through it. This condition is called
stenosis. Low blood flow can lead to heart failure and death. The valve will need to be opened to restore full blood flow.
and congenital birth defects are two main causes of stenosis. It can also happen due to aging and calcium deposits.
Depending on the overall condition of the valve, relief of symptoms can be expected to last at least two years. Some people have relief of symptoms much longer.
If you are planning to have a valvuloplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Leaking valve
- Damage to the heart or other organs
- Blood clot formation
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
Your risk of complications may be increased if you have blood clots in your heart or the anatomy of your heart is unusual.