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How can balloon valvotomy help with treating heart valve disease?

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Balloon valvotomy can make the opening of a narrowed (stenotic) valve wider. Also called balloon valvuloplasty, doctors sometimes recommend it for people who have:

  • Mitral valve stenosis (narrowing of the mitral valve) with symptoms
  • Aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve), but aren’t able to have surgery
  • Pulmonic stenosis (narrowing of the pulmonic valve)

From: Treatment for Heart Valve Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

National Institutes of Health. 

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?”’

American Heart Association: “Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse.”

Mayo Clinic: "Valvuloplasty."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

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