Aortic valve disease treatment at The Christ Hospital Health Network

At The Christ Hospital, our cardiologists have extensive experience in identifying and treating aortic valve disease. Our patients benefit from the latest, most advanced heart valve disease screenings and treatments offered only at The Christ Hospital.

Aortic valve disease diagnosis

Our heart valve disease experts use the most advanced diagnostic practices to detect aortic valve disease. Your physician performs a physical exam and, if he or she suspects heart valve disease, will diagnose the condition using one or more of the following methods:

 

  • Cardiac catheterization

  • Chest X-ray

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan

  • Echocardiogram

  • Electrocardiogram

  • Exercise test

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 

 

Advanced aortic valve disease treatment options

Initially, lifestyle changes and medications can help manage aortic valve disease, but eventually, the failing valve will 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 in our patients.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

In 2011, The Christ Hospital was the first to bring a new minimally invasive treatment known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to our region. We have 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, The Christ Hospital is one of the first centers in the country, and first in the region, 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. The new valve's precise placement within the diseased valve provides increased blood flow almost immediately.

TAVR has numerous benefits including:

  • Shorter recoveries and fewer complications

  • A lifesaving option for patients who cannot undergo open-heart surgery

  • Renewed energy and improved quality of life for most patients

The Edwards Intuity Elite valve system

The Christ Hospital is the only hospital in the Greater Cincinnati region to offer the next evolution in aortic valve replacement performed with open-heart surgery. The Edwards Intuity Elite valve system allows doctors to replace heart valves using a faster, more precise procedure with a tiny three-stitch incision. This technique shortens recovery time for patients.

To learn more about aortic valve disease diagnosis and treatment at The Christ Hospital, call 513-206-1234.