Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty

Opening constricted heart valves


By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: March 07, 2011



Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty

A cardiac treatment to open constricted heart valves as an alternative to heart valve replacement, percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty involves a balloon being used to open the restricted valve.

 

In a procedure similar to a coronary angioplasty, a catheter is placed through a vein, usually in the groin. A balloon is attached to the end of the catheter and is inflated once inside the valve. The inflated balloon opens the valve and allows blood to flow normally between the chambers of the heart.  

 

When is percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty used?

Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is a recommended cardiac treatment for teenagers and young adults with constricted heart valves. It is often used to widen the heart valves of elderly placement who are unable to have heart valve replacement surgery or as a 'bridge' treatment until heart valve replacement surgery can be scheduled.













Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player



Copyright © 2010 WhereismyDoctor.com. All rights reserved

This article was written by the medical research team at WhereismyDoctor.com
WhereismyDoctor.com does not intend for any of the information on this site to be regarded as medical advice - it is meant as a starting point for understanding treatment details and options before contacting a registered, licensed doctor. We advise all patients to seek medical advice from a doctor.
View sources


© 2010 Medstar LLC. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of WhereismyDoctor.com' s terms of use and privacy policy.

The information on this site is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are experiencing a serious medical condition call your local emergency services or your doctor.