Medical and Nonsurgical Care for Valve Disease
University of Chicago Cardiac Center cardiologists offer the latest medical and nonsurgical treatments for valve disease.
Some drugs can lessen the symptoms associated with valve disease, while decreasing the chance for further complications. These medicines can increase the heart's pumping ability, control irregular heartbeat, relieve discomfort, and prevent blood clots.
Balloon valvuloplasty is a safe, nonsurgical treatment for narrowed valves (valvular stenosis). The procedure involves the use of thin tubes (catheters) that have tiny balloons attached to the tip. The catheter is threaded into the heart and then into the narrowed valve. After careful positioning, the cardiologist expands the balloon to widen the valve's opening.
Balloon valvuloplasty is an alternative to valve surgery for some types of valve disease. In some cases, balloon valvuloplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis. Our interventional cardiologists have many years of experience performing balloon valvuloplasty for patients with mitral, aortic, or pulmonic valve disease.