Valve dilation in the heart catheterization lab

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Valve dilation uses heart catheterization to open a narrowed valve in the heart. Read about valve dilation, possible complications and recovery.

Key points

  • Valve dilation is a procedure to widen a narrowed heart valve.
  • There is a small risk that your child will have complications from the procedure. Your child's doctor will explain the risks to you before the procedure.
  • Your child will need to have an anaesthetic. Your child will probably need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.
Last updated: November 10th 2009