Overview of Valvuloplasty
For some patients, valvuloplasty (or PTBV, for percutaneous transluminal balloon valvuloplasty) is an alternative to open heart surgery for treating a hardened, narrowed heart valve (heart valve stenosis). A catheter with a deflated balloon at its tip is threaded through an artery or vein into your heart. The catheter is positioned inside the narrowed valve and the balloon is inflated. As the balloon expands, it stretches the narrowed valve, separating the valve leaflets (flaps) and helping the valve move better. When the balloon is deflated and removed, blood flows more easily through the treated valve. This reduces the work required of your heart to push blood through the valve.
In valvuloplasty, a balloon expands to stretch the narrowed valve. Valvuloplasty treats a narrow or stiff mitral valve or aortic valve.
Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure from our patient handout:
Review the patient instructions from the cardiovascular (CV) cath lab, where you procedure will take place, for details on pre-registration and arrival time:
Where do I go?
Valvuloplasty is performed in a procedure room in the Cardiovascular (CV) Cath Lab. On the day of your procedure, you will come to Intermountain Medical Center – building 4 (Heart & Lung Center). Follow signs to Patient Registration on the first floor. We will greet you and take you to a room in our Cardiac Procedure and Recovery Unit. When it is time for your procedure, you will be taken to the CV Cath Lab.
Please review the cardiac cath lab patient instructions for information on preregistration, health history form, and scheduling arrival times.
If you have questions please call us: 801-507-4701.
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