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Valves are structures within the heart that prevent blood from leaking backward.
The aortic valve is between the heart's lower left chamber and the aorta. It has three leaflets, or flaps, that open and close to keep blood from leaking back into the heart.
It's a condition where the aortic valve is tight, leaving less space for the blood to go through.
This can occur because the leaflets are very thick or don't open the whole way.
Having stenosis of this valve causes the heart to work harder to push blood through the valve and out to the body.
To refer a patient, doctors can:
In the Heart Catheterization Lab at UPMC Children's Hospital, we use a balloon to widen the aortic valve (valvuloplasty).
During this minimally invasive heart cath procedure, your doctor will:
After treatment, you'll stay overnight in the hospital so we can observe you.
Sometimes this balloon technique doesn’t work — often when the narrowing is above or below the aortic valve. You may need to have heart surgery later to fix the narrowing.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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