The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Center

The Heart & Vascular Center at The Christ Hospital provides advanced cardiovascular care in a welcoming, healing environment. From wellness and prevention services, to the latest heart and vascular surgical procedures, to groundbreaking clinical research, everything we do is focused on helping people with heart and vascular disease experience the best quality of life possible.

Every doctor, nurse and staff member at the Heart & Vascular Center is dedicated to delivering innovative, exceptional care to you and your family. Our physicians have helped pioneer numerous leading-edge drugs and medical devices. In fact, the Heart & Vascular Center has provided patients with access to every new cardiovascular intervention technology in the last 25 years.

More than 40 cardiologists and surgeons care for patients at the Heart & Vascular Center. Together with our skilled and compassionate nurses and other clinical staff, they provide a program that is truly unparalleled in this region. It's all part of our commitment to upholding The Christ Hospital's long-standing reputation as "Greater Cincinnati's Heart Hospital." 

Advanced cardiovascular testing and treatment

The Heart & Vascular Center is located on the main campus of The Christ Hospital in Mt. Auburn. In addition to providing the most advanced clinical care, every element of the center is designed to promote recovery, with natural features that include a rock garden, a water terrace, rooftop gardens and views of downtown Cincinnati.

Among the many services available at the center are:

  • Comprehensive cardiovascular testing, including advanced cardiac imaging.

  • State-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs and electrophysiology labs.

  • Technologically advanced operating rooms, where surgeons perform heart and vascular surgeries, using the most innovative and minimally invasive techniques possible.

  • The Cardiovascular Step-Down Unit, where patients recover in comfortable, spacious, private rooms while receiving attentive care from our team.

Specialized care for critically ill patients

We provide care for severely ill heart and vascular patients in the center's state-of-the-art Richard T. Farmer Family Cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). Patients in the CVICU are often recovering from a serious event such as a heart attack or aortic aneurysm. Some are in a state of "cardiogenic shock," which can lead to multiple organ failure.

The CVICU offers advanced technology and a level of care that is typically available only at academic medical centers. Physicians in the CVICU work with the center's "shock team" to provide complex therapies including:

  • Advanced mechanical ventilation to help patients breathe when they can't do it on their own

  • Heart pumps and other implantable devices to support blood flow

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a form of life support that can provide a bridge to more advanced therapies such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs)

The 16-bed CVICU is fully staffed around the clock. The team includes many different specialists who consult with one another to make care decisions and provide additional therapies as needed.

Additional heart and vascular programs

Many other specialized heart and vascular services are located on The Christ Hospital main campus and throughout the community, including:

  • The Carl H. and Edyth Lindner Heart Failure Treatment Center, a 28-bed inpatient unit on the seventh floor of The Christ Hospital, offers medically complex care and support to help patients adapt to the challenges of living with heart failure.

  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients recover after a heart procedure or treat other heart conditions. The program includes education and supervised exercise to prevent future heart problems, reduce stress levels and improve each patient's overall sense of well-being.

  • The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education provides international leadership in clinical trials including multiple first-in-man-in-the-U.S. procedures in cardiovascular research. This work transforms cardiovascular care and brings new treatments to patients in Greater Cincinnati—long before those therapies are available elsewhere.

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you experience symptoms of heart or vascular disease, or if you've already been diagnosed, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network, Greater Cincinnati's leader in cardiovascular care.

  • Top 50 heart hospital. The Christ Hospital has been named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by HealthGrades and one of the World's Best Hospitals for Cardiology by Newsweek.

  • Specialized expertise.  We offer the most extensive expertise in the region for the entire spectrum of heart and vascular care.

  • Treatment options.  Our patients benefit from a wider range of personalized treatment options than what is available at many other hospitals.

  • Clinical research. Our doctors have developed many new techniques in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years.

  • Heart and vascular support groups. For patients with heart-related conditions, we offer education and support. We encourage you to share your experiences to learn how to live your healthiest life.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a heart or vascular expert, call 513-713-0999