Heart valve disease

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our heart valve disease experts offer the latest treatments not found at other hospitals in our region. Our team has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating aortic, mitral, pulmonary, and tricuspid valve diseases, and is devoted to improving quality of life for our heart valve disease patients. 

What is heart 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. 

Heart valve disease 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. 

There are two main types of heart valve disease:

  • 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.

  • Regurgitation occurs when one of the heart valves does not close entirely, allowing blood to leak backwards.  

Symptoms of heart valve disease

The symptoms of heart valve disease can include:

  • Dizziness or fainting

  • Difficulty breathing 

  • Chest pain 

  • Heart rhythm problems

  • Swelling in the abdomen, ankles or legs 

  • Tiredness 

  • Weakness

  • Weight gain 

Left untreated, heart valve disease can put a strain on the heart and eventually lead to:

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you experience symptoms of heart 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 valve diseases.

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. 

Watch to learn what makes us the most comprehensive valve program in the region.

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 heart 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 [link to new valve disease treatment page], 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.

To learn more about heart valve disease treatment at The Christ Hospital, please call 513-206-1222.