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Possible alternatives to mitral valve replacement surgery include taking prescription medications to improve the effectiveness of each heartbeat, remove excess fluids, and control blood pressure. These medications only treat the symptoms associated with mitral valve problems; they do not address the cause of them. Other alternatives to mitral valve replacement include an invasive procedure known as percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty.

Alternatives to Mitral Valve Replacement: A Summary

Alternative treatments to a mitral valve replacement include taking prescription medications or having a different type of surgery.
 
Therapy through medications only serves to treat the symptoms of valve problems rather than the cause of them. Specific medications are administered to:
 
  • Improve the effectiveness of each heartbeat
  • Remove excess fluids
  • Control blood pressure.
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But these medications will not make your mitral valve better.
 
A possible alternative surgical treatment to mitral valve replacement surgery is called percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty. This is only used in cases of mitral narrowing that have minimal damage around the affected mitral valve. This procedure does not require major surgery, but it is invasive. It consists of a long catheter being fed through an arterial IV that then reaches the mitral valve and breaks open the mitral narrowing through the use of a balloon. However, results of this procedure have not been promising, and it suffers from a high complication rate.
 
If you have questions about these alternatives, you should discuss them with your doctor and decide which one, if any, is appropriate for you.
 
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