Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is balloon valvuloplasty invasive?
No, balloon valvuloplasty is not an invasive procedure. Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is a minimally invasive treatment done by inserting a catheter through the groin. The catheter has a little deflated balloon at its tip, which is used to open constricted heart valves.
2. How effective is balloon valvuloplasty?
Balloon valvuloplasty is an effective procedure for aortic valve stenosis in children, teenagers, and young adults, but it gives little success in older adults.
3. How long does a balloon valvuloplasty surgery take?
Valvuloplasty normally takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.
4. Why is Balloon Valvuloplasty not advised for the elderly?
Due to restenosis, balloon valvuloplasty is ineffective in older persons, as the valve narrows again within 6 to 12 months following the treatment.
5. How long does a balloon mitral valvuloplasty last?
Balloon mitral valvuloplasty typically lasts five to seven years in children and young adults, and it is safe to repeat the treatment. However, in older adults, the valve narrows again (restenosis) within 6 to 12 months following the treatment.
6. How successful is balloon valvuloplasty?
Balloon valvuloplasty is a typically effective treatment for aortic valve stenosis in youngsters, but its efficacy in older individuals is restricted.
7. Is valvuloplasty a long-term treatment for aortic stenosis?
No, valvuloplasty isn't a long-term fix. Adults may benefit from balloon valvuloplasty for immediate alleviation and improved heart function, but there is a high risk of restenosis, necessitating valve replacement in the future.
8. What is aortic stenosis and how does it affect you?
Aortic stenosis is a form of valve disease in which the valves gradually harden due to calcium deposition on the valves, causing the valves to stiffen and not fully open. This narrows the passageway for blood to pass through. To pump blood through this narrower hole, the heart must work harder.
9. What is the treatment for aortic stenosis?
If you have mild or moderate aortic valve stenosis, your doctor will monitor you on a regular basis. You will most likely wait till your stenosis is severe before having surgery. Balloon valvuloplasty is a procedure that enlarges the valve opening in some young persons or pregnant women. If you have significant stenosis, a valve replacement is likely. An open-heart surgery or a minimally invasive method can be used to replace a valve.
10. What happens if you don't treat severe aortic stenosis?
If you have significant stenosis and do not receive treatment, you run the danger of dying abruptly or having heart failure.