Sentara is a leader in treating all types of heart valve disease. When appropriate, we use minimally invasive procedures for a faster recovery. We also offer treatments for people with complex anatomies, including a new heart valve replacement treatment for people who have small or diseased femoral arteries.
Our complete range of heart valve treatments includes:
This minimally invasive procedure repairs aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves that have a narrowed opening (stenosis). Stenosis decreases your blood flow. The procedure widens your valve opening to improve your blood flow.
During balloon valvuloplasty, your doctor:
- Inserts a long, thin tube (catheter) through a blood vessel in your arm or groin, which has a balloon at the end
- Inflates the balloon to widen your valve's opening
- Deflates the balloon and removes it