New Treatment Options Are Saving Lives
Our team of experts are changing the lives of those affected by heart valve disease. First in Greater
Cincinnati to provide exceptional and innovative care in traditional valve
repair/replacement surgery, our groundbreaking work is advancing care with new treatments for both the aortic and mitral valves.
Every year, nearly five million Americans learn they have heart valve disease.
When symptoms begin, life expectancy can be between one and two years without
treatment. The condition alters the flow of blood through the heart. The
condition primarily affects people over the age of 60 as a result of changes in
the valve structure. Awareness and early detection of heart valve disease can
Heart valves typically fail in one of two ways:
- Stenosis, the most common form of valve disease, occurs when a valve becomes stiff and will not completely open, preventing blood from circulating. Stenosis typically impacts the aortic valve.
- Regurgitation occurs when one of your heart valves does not close entirely, allowing blood to leak backwards. This often affects the mitral valve and is also referred to as mitral regurgitation.
Effects of Valve Disease
Both stenosis and regurgitation can put a strain on the heart. Tiredness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, ankle swelling, chest pain or heart rhythm problems may occur. Heart failure, stroke, blood clots and sudden death can also result from faulty valves. Lifestyle changes and medicines can help, but eventually the failing valve may need to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately, there are now many treatments available at The Christ Hospital to treat heart valve disease and improve the quality of life of our patients.
Care Close to Home
Advanced heart and vascular care is now more accessible than ever. To speak to a valve specialist, call 513-206-1234. Click here
for information on our The Christ Hospital Physicians - Ohio Heart & Vascular locations throughout Great Cincinnati.
Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals
The Christ Hospital has been named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S. by Truven Health Analytics for 11 years.