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Patients who have been diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, high-risk aortic stenosis or certain blockages of the plumonic valve may benefit from balloon valvuloplasty. These valvular obstructions are relieved using highly specialized balloon catheters. A balloon is threaded into the heart through the vein (femoral) in the groin and temporarily expanded across the narrowed valve. The goal of this procedure is to enhance blood flow across the mitral valve.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!