Aortic valve disease 

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we offer our patients the latest in aortic valve disease treatments not available elsewhere in our region. Our compassionate, highly trained aortic valve disease experts are improving our patients' quality and length of life. 

What is aortic valve disease? 

Every year, nearly five million Americans learn they have heart valve disease. Awareness and early detection of heart valve disease can save lives, so knowing the symptoms of the disease is important. When symptoms begin, life expectancy is usually one to two years without treatment.

The condition alters the flow of blood through the heart. It primarily affects people over the age of 60 as a result of changes in the valve structure.

Heart valves typically fail in one of two ways:

  • Stenosis is the most common form of valve disease. It occurs when a valve becomes stiff and will not completely open, preventing blood from circulating. Stenosis typically impacts the aortic valve, though it can affect the mitral valve.

  • Regurgitation occurs when one of your heart valve does not close entirely, allowing blood to leak backwards. This often affects the mitral valve and is also referred to as mitral regurgitation.

Symptoms of aortic valve disease

Aortic valve disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

Aortic valve disease is a serious condition that can eventually lead to:

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you experience symptoms of aortic valve disease, or if you've already been diagnosed, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati's leader in cardiovascular care. The Christ Hospital continually researches new techniques for treating aortic valve disease.

  • Top 50 heart hospital.  The Christ Hospital has been named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S. by Truven Health Analytics for 11 years.

  • Specialized expertise.  We offer the most extensive expertise across the spectrum of heart and vascular care. Our doctors are known leaders in cardiovascular care and are focused by specific conditions. 

  • Treatment options.  Our patients benefit from a wider range of personalized treatment options than at many other hospitals. We take a progressive approach to aortic valve disease treatment.

  • Clinical research.  Our doctors have developed many new techniques in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years. Patients have access to treatments, such as the Edwards Intuity Elite valve system not found at many other hospitals.

  • 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.

Please call 513-206-1234 to schedule an appointment with an aortic valve disease expert.