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Not all children with aortic stenosis need treatment to fix their aorta or valve. It depends on how severe their condition is. But all children with this condition need lifelong care to monitor their condition in case it starts to get worse.

Some children with aortic stenosis need treatment immediately because their heart cannot deliver enough blood and oxygen to the rest of their body.

Aortic Stenosis Treatment Options

Treatment may be done in the cardiac catheterization lab using a balloon procedure. A balloon is inserted across the valve. When the balloon is inflated, the valve is stretched open. Then the balloon is removed. This is called balloon valvuloplasty.

Some children need surgery to replace their aortic valve with an artificial valve. In some cases the child’s own pulmonary valve can be used to replace the damaged aortic valve.

To meet your child’s long-term healthcare needs, we have a special Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to transition your child to adult care when they’re ready.

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Summer 2014: Good Growing Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Understanding the Power and Influence of Role Models
  • Legal Marijuana Means Greater Poisoning Risks for Children
  • Why Choose Pediatric Emergency Care?

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