Heart valve disease treatment 

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our heart valve disease experts offer the newest, most advanced treatments not available at many hospitals in the region. We offer leading-edge surgical and minimally invasive heart valve disease treatments, including a surgical procedure not offered at nearby facilities, and minimally invasive procedures that shorten recovery time. 

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.  

Heart valve disease diagnosis 

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

  • Cardiac catheterization—A minimally invasive test where a thin tube called a catheter is inserted through a vein in your leg or groin, and guided to your heart to diagnosis heart valve disease.

  • Chest X-ray—An imaging test that takes a picture of your chest to identify potential heart valve problems.

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan—An imaging test that produces detailed images of your heart to detect valve problems.

  • Echocardiogram—A noninvasive test that uses ultrasound technology to produce images of your heart.

  • Electrocardiogram—A noninvasive test that records the electrical activity of your heart.

  • Exercise test—A test where you walk or jog on a treadmill while your doctor checks your heart's function.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—An imaging test that uses radio waves, a magnetic field and a computer to produce images of your heart.

Heart valve disease treatments

Initially, lifestyle changes and medications can help manage heart valve disease, but eventually, the failing valve will need to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately, there are many treatments available at The Christ Hospital to treat heart valve disease and improve the quality of life in our patients.

Aortic valve disease treatment

We offer treatments for both aortic stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation. 

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. In the past, this procedure was 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 increases 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. 

Mitral valve disease treatment

For symptomatic patients diagnosed with moderate-severe or severe mitral regurgitation, surgery is generally recommended to repair or replace the mitral valve. This typically involves open-heart surgery with the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass.  

The Christ Hospital is the only hospital in the region to offer a new surgical loop technique for mitral valve repair, shown to reduce the risk of future heart valve complications.

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair

Our heart surgeons have expertise in the full range of minimally invasive approaches for mitral valve repair, enabling us to offer individualized treatment for each patient.

Procedures include:

  • Right mini-thoracotomy—A 2-inch incision is made on the right side of the chest and a surgeon uses small instruments to repair the mitral valve.

  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair—The MitraClip procedure is a minimally invasive catheter-based therapy. Your doctor will insert a thin tube called a catheter through a vein in your leg. Using real-time imaging, he or she will guide the tube to your heart to administer treatment, thereby avoiding open-heart surgery. This treatment increases the options for patients with significant, symptomatic, degenerative mitral regurgitation who are not candidates for surgery.

  • LVAD—Patients with severe valve disease and heart failure may benefit from a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted to help a failing heart pump more effectively.

Benefits of minimally invasive mitral valve disease treatment typically include:

  • A shorter recovery with fewer complications

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

  • A renewed energy and improved quality of life for most patients

Soon, we will offer clinical trials for the following minimally invasive mitral valve procedures:

  • Transcatheter mitral valve replacement

  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair

Watch as Mitral Valve Disease specialist, Dr. Castillo-Sang, explains what Mitral Regurgitation is and what the Mini Mitral Procedure does to fix it.

Pulmonary valve disease treatment

For pulmonary valve disease patients without symptoms, intervention may not be necessary. For those who do have symptoms, we can treat the condition with:  

  • Medications to address poor blood flow, blood clots, abnormal heartbeat or fluid buildup

  • A surgical procedure called valvuloplasty, which can stretch and enlarge the walls of the valve to increase blood flow

  • Valve replacement surgery in severe cases

Tricuspid valve disease treatment

Depending on the severity of disease, we can treat tricuspid valve disease with:

  • Medications that manage symptoms, such as heart failure or arrhythmia drugs

  • Transcatheter tricuspid intervention if a patient has a prosthetic tricuspid valve already in place

  • Tricuspid valve repair surgery for patients with severe, symptomatic tricuspid regurgitation

To learn more about heart valve disease treatment at The Christ Hospital, please call 513-206-1234.