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A balloon valvotomy is a preferred treatment for mitral valve stenosis. It is a procedure that widens the mitral valve so that blood flows more easily through the heart. A balloon valvotomy is a minimally invasive procedure. A doctor uses a thin flexible tube (catheter) that is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and threaded into the heart. When the tube reaches the narrowed mitral valve, a balloon device located on the tip of the catheter is quickly inflated. The narrowed or fused mitral valve leaflets are separated and stretched open as the balloon presses against them. This process increases the size of the mitral valve opening and allows more blood to flow from the left atrium into the left ventricle. Balloon mitral valvotomy or valvuloplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to increase the opening of a narrowed (stenotic) valve. It is a treatment for mitral valve stenosis. The Mitral Valve In the human body, blood passes through a valve before leaving each chamber of the heart. There are four valves within the heart. These valves make sure blood flows in only one direction through the heart.  Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body to keep them working. Blood carries carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the lungs, kidneys and digestive system to be removed from the body. Blood also fights infections and carry hormones around the body. Blood is the transport system of our body.  Our mitral valve is located between the left upper and lower chambers of the heart. It has two leaflets that open and close like a double door. The mitral valve separates the left atrium from the left ventricle and its leaflets open to left blood flow from the left atrium into the left ventricle, during half of a heartbeat.  Mitral valve leaflets close to keep blood from flowing backward into the left atrium when the ventricles contract during the other half of the heartbeat. The normal heartbeat rate of an adult is 60–100 heartbeats per minute, while for children is 70–100. The leaflets are attached to and supported by a ring of tough and fibrous tissue, the annulus. The annulus is that which helps to maintain the proper shape of the valve.  The leaflets are also supported by the:
  • Chordia tendineae, which are tough fibrous strings supporting a parachute.
  • Papillary muscles, which are part of the inside walls of the ventricles.
The chord tendineae and papillary muscles help keep the leaflets stable to prevent blood from flowing backward. Mitral Stenosis Mitral stenosis is the narrowing of the mitral valve. Stenosis of the mitral valve hinders the forward movement of the blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle. This can result in a backup of the blood and fluid in the lungs. Mitral stenosis most commonly develops duevti rheumatic fever a person had some years ago


• Shortness of breath, especially with exertion or when you lie down
• Fatigue, especially during increased physical activity
• Swollen feet or legs
• Heart palpitations sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat
• Dizziness or fainting
• Coughing up blood
• Chest discomfort or chest pain

Symptoms Of Mitral Stenosis

The most common symptoms of a stenosis of the mitral valve, include all shortness of breath.

  • Fatigue
  • Quick weight gain
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cough with or without blood
  • Respiratory infections
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, and/or abdomen.
  • Heart palpitations (irregular heartbeats)
  • Chest pain


Mitral stenosis is mostly caused by rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is an inflammation of the joints and the heart, following a respiratory infection with streptococcus. 

A streptococcus is a spherical, gram-positive (dark blue or violet) bacterium of the genus Streptococcus. Although commonly found benignly in the human mouth and gut, and though many species are non-pathogenic, other species can cause diseases including strep throat, rheumatic fever, and more serious conditions.

Though many patients diagnosed with mitral stenosis don't recall hearing about the disorder, mitral stenosis mostly develops as a result of rheumatic fever someone had a few years ago. During rheumatic fever, the value becomes inflamed. Over time, the leaflets of the inflamed valve become sticken together and become scarred, thickened, and rigid, thereby limiting its ability to open completely. 

Mitral Valve Stenosis Diagnosis

The common tests taken to diagnose the stenosis of the mitral valve include the below:

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram : Sound waves are directed at your heart from a transducer held on your chest to produce video images of your heart. 
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram : To see if your heart is producing blood clots. It uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the structure of your heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) : To measure your heart's electrical activity.
  • Chest X-ray
  • Cardiac catheterization.

Treatment Of Mitral Valve Stenosis

  • Anticoagulants Or Blood Thinners: These reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Beta-blockers: These slow down your heart rate.
  • Antiarrhythmics: These treat abdominal heart rhythms.
  • Diuretics: These reduce the buildup of fluids through increased urine output.
  • Balloon Mitral Valvotomy : A definite treatment of mitral valve stenosis includes percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy (PBMV).


Before The Procedure,

Tests were done a day before the procedures are:

  • Blood test.
  • ECG
  • Echocardiogram.

Notify your doctor if you are on any blood-thinning medications such as coumadin (warfarin). He or she may prescribe an alternative method for you. If you are diabetic, inform your doctor so he or she can adjust your medications on the day of the test.

You should not eat after midnight, before the day of the procedures. Leave all your valuable items at home before coming for the procedures. Come with your dentures, glasses, and/or a hearing assist device (as applicable). Plan to wear them during the procedures, to aid communication.Tell your doctor if you have any allergies.  

During The Procedure,

The procedures are non-surgical and performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory by a cardiologist. The below are involved in this stage of procedures:

  • Long slender tubes (catheters) are inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and guided into the chambers of your heart.
  • A tiny hole is created in the walls between the two upper chambers of your heart. This home provided access to the left atrium with a special catheter that has a balloon at the tip (hence, the name of the nonsurgical term: “Balloon Mitral Valvotomy).
  • When the tube reaches the narrowed mitral valve, the balloon device located on the top of the catheter is immediately inflated. 
  • The stenotic (narrowed) valve leaflets are separated and stretched open as the balloon pressure presses against them. 
  • This process (repeated many times) increases the size of the mitral valve opening and allows more blood to flow from the left atrium into the left ventricle. 


There will be an improvement as per the symptoms of mitral valve stenosis observed before the procedures were conducted, happening between 1 to 3 weeks. Please inform your doctor if there seems to be no good improvement. Sometimes, these symptoms are due to the mitral valve narrowing again (this situation is known as restenosis).

Restenosis might happen some years (about 2–5 years) after the treatment procedures. Symptoms can also reoccur due to the state of other valves, heart, or lungs, especially when they develop long after the valvotomy procedures. 


Balloon valvotomy is catheter-based, not a surgical procedure, and therefore, has a lower risk of complications and death when compared with an open-heart surgery like a commissurotomy or valve replacement surgery. 

It should, however, be noted that a balloon valvotomy does not cure the condition or make the valve normal. It helps the valve perform its functions normally to let the blood flow through the heart. It is the improved blood flow that relieves the symptoms. Blood pressure inside the left atrium reduces and helps also relieves symptoms of lung congestion.


Complications that happen after a balloon mitral valvotomy include:

  • Mitral valve regurgitation.
  • A leaking heart condition might happen in 2–10 people out of every 100. In such cases, the heart might be damaged so that it doesn't close normally. This will cause blood to leak backward in the heart. A leaking valve can cause the heart to overwork.
  • Restenosis.
  • The valve becomes narrow again. Here, valve replacement surgery may be an option, if the condition of your valve does not support another balloon valvotomy.


Risk during valvotomy procedures is not common. Serious complications might happen in 1–12 people out of 100. Death from the procedure might likely happen in 1–3 people out of 100. All the same, it is of note that a lot of experience doing balloon valvotomies tends to reduce complication rates and heighten success rates. 



  • Who is the right candidate for balloon valvotomy?

The beneficiaries of percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy are:

  1. Patients who have mitral valve stenosis with its symptoms.
  2. Older patients who have aortic valve stenosis, but are not able to undergo surgery.
  3. Certain patients with pulmonic valve stenosis.
  • Can a mitral valve be repaired without open-heart surgery?

Some heart patients have not yet been able to access the growing trend towards minimally invasive procedures. A new clinical trial makes it a form of mitral valve repair an option without open-heart surgery.

  • Is exercise good for mitral valve regurgitation?

Your doctor might recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week and a limit on the amount of sitting you do. It is important to learn how to cope with stress healthily. It can trigger a heart attack or chest pain in some people.

  • If you have mild regurgitation, can it go away?

If you have mitral regurgitation, it is not ever going away. Medications may ease the symptoms, but they can't address the structural problem.

  • How serious is mitral valve stenosis?

If left untreated, mitral valve stenosis can result in complications, such as pulmonary hypertension, which condition increases pressure in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your lungs (pulmonary arteries), causing your heart to work harder. Heart failure may result.