What’s that mean? – mitral valvuloplasty, atrial appendectomy.

A mitral valvuloplasty is performed when a valve in the heart (mitral, aortic, pulmonary or tricuspid) becomes rigid and narrowed preventing normal function of the valve. This requires insertion of a balloon across the valve to split the valve open thus re-establishing function

An atrial appendectomy is a treatment strategy to reduce the risk of left atrial appendage blood clots from entering the bloodstream and causing a stroke in patients with certain heart problems.

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