Aortic Valve Disease

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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.  Tiredness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, ankle swelling, chest pain or heart rhythm problems can occur. Heart failure, stroke, blood clots and sudden death can result from faulty valves. Lifestyle changes and medicines can help, but eventually the failing valve may need to be replaced.

New Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

In 2011, The Christ Hospital was the first to bring a new minimally invasvie treatment known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to our region and has since developed one of the fastest-growing heart valve programs in the country—improving the lives of nearly 500 patients who were not candidates for open heart surgery.

In the past, this procedure has been reserved for high surgical risk patients. However, as part of a new, randomized study just beginning, The Christ Hospital is one of the first centers in the country, and first in the region, able to offer TAVR to patients with high, intermediate and low surgical risks.

TAVR for aortic stenosis allows physicians to use a catheter-based system to deliver a new heart valve through an artery in the upper thigh for precise placement within the diseased valve, providing increased blood flow almost immediately.

Watch to learn more about the benefits of TAVR and new valve treatments. 

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Treatment:

  • May provide shorter recoveries and fewer complications.
  • May provide a lifesaving option for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery.
  • Most patients experience renewed energy and improved quality of life

New Surgical Options

The Christ Hospital is the only in the region to offer the next evolution in aortic valve replacement performed with open heart surgery.  The Edwards Intuity Elite valve system allows physicians to replace heart valves using a faster, more precise procedure with a tiny 3-stitch incision and quick recovery for patients. Click here to learn more about the Intuity Elite valve system.

Heart Care Close To Home

With a dedicated team of interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other specialists, we provide patients the most treatment options and best possible outcomes.


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 through out Great Cincinnati.