balloon valvoplastyA method used to treat stenotic cardiac valves, including
1. Pulmonic valve, where balloon valvoplasty is considered by some to be an optimal therapy.
2. Mitral valve The results may be suboptimal if the valve ring is extensively calcified, but good if the valve is pliable or.
3. Aortic valve Valvoplasty is considered the optimal therapy only for frail, elderly Pts who are otherwise poor surgical candidates; recurrence of symptoms, restenosis and death occur in 50%. See Inoue balloon.
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