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The amount of radiation used during a valvuloplasty procedure is considered minimal; therefore, the risk for radiation exposure is very low.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your physician due to risk of injury to the fetus from a valvuloplasty. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may lead to birth defects. If you are lactating, or breastfeeding, you should notify your physician.
There is a risk for allergic reaction to the dye. Patients who are allergic to or sensitive to medications, contrast dyes, iodine, shellfish, or latex should notify their physician. Also, patients with kidney failure or other kidney problems should notify their physician.
For some patients, having to lie still on the procedure table for the length of the procedure may cause some discomfort or pain.
There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.
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