PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does balloon valvotomy work in treating heart valve disease?

ANSWER

With a balloon valvotomy, a catheter is put into a blood vessel in the groin and guided to the heart. The tip is steered inside the narrowed valve. Once there, a tiny balloon is inflated and deflated several times to widen the opening.

Once the cardiologist sees the valve has been made wide enough, the balloon is taken out.

During this, the cardiologist may do an echocardiogram (ultrasound of your heart) to get a better look at the 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

NEXT QUESTION:

What is carotid artery disease?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.