Structural Heart and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Structural Heart Program

Patients and families can expect care delivered in a patient and family-centered environment—one which brings cross-departmental expertise together to provide a highly personalized, innovative approach to treating heart valve disease and structural heart conditions. We understand that it is not enough to treat a disease or condition without also considering all aspects of a persons life. We focus on communications, comfort, and convenience.

As an academic health system, we have the capability to offer procedures and tests, from diagnostic evaluations to interventional catheterizations to minimally invasive techniques, as well as traditional open procedures. Open heart surgery has been the common method for treating valvular and structural heart disease; however, there are now procedures available for patients considered too risky for surgery. These can offer the potential benefit of less scarring, less blood loss, less pain and a quicker recovery. One of the latest and most effective procedures is transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

 Congenital Heart Disease Program

When a patient is diagnosed with congenital heart disease this means there is a problem with the structure of the heart that has been present since birth. Although congenital heart disease can be diagnosed in adulthood, it is usually found in infancy or childhood. As breakthroughs in surgical treatment have enabled most children with complex congenital heart disease to reach adulthood, many of these patients consider transitioning from care in pediatric cardiology to adult cardiology. That’s why at UC Health we have built an adult congenital heart disease program as a joint project with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Together, the Center brings together physicians and clinicians with extensive experience in congenital heart imaging, electrophysiology, minimally invasive catheterization and cardiothoracic congenital surgery. This unique program collaborates with specialists from high-risk obstetrics, pulmonary hypertension, aortic disease, advanced heart failure and heart transplantation.

The Region’s Only Academic Medical Center

University of Cincinnati Medical Center offers advanced surgical facilities and imaging devices and has the newest hybrid operating room for non-surgical valve replacements and repairs, minimally-invasive coronary bypass surgery, and stenting of conduits placed early in life for the treatment of common congenital heart diseases.

Treating Complex and Common Conditions

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Mitral Insufficiency/Mitral Stenosis
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Corrected and Non-Corrected Congenital Heart Disease
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects

Procedures and Tests

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Aortic Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Aortic and Mitral Valvuloplasty
  • Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects Closures
  • Alcohol Septal Ablation
  • Minimally invasive endovascular repair
  • Cardiac Ultrasound, MRI, CT, CPET