Percutaneous Mitral Valvuloplasty
A valvuloplasty may be used to treat stenosis (narrowing) of the mitral valve.
During valvuloplasty, a thin catheter (tube) with a balloon tip is used to stretch or open the mitral valve. The catheter is threaded to the heart from the blood vessels in the groin. The catheter placement is guided by X-ray. The procedure which is done in the Cardiac Cath (catheterization) Lab takes 1-2 hours and requires an overnight hospital stay.
Before a mitral valvuloplasty, you will need certain tests. This includes a transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram. The test uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasounds) to look at how the various parts of the heart work. The resulting images show the size, shape and movement of the valves and the extent of the mitral valve disease.
If you need a mitral valvuloplasty, a diagnostic cardiac catheterization is done at the same time as the valvuloplasty.
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For more information regarding percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312-NM-HEART (664-3278) or request a first time appointment online.