Patient Safety at Ohio State

During this time of public health concern, the Heart and Vascular Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center remains open for appointments, including telehealth or video visits. For all in-person visits, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our locations are safe. We've taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected. 

To schedule an appointment, call 614-293-ROSS. Visit our COVID-19 page to get the latest information about how Ohio State is handling the outbreak.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. Don’t wait and don’t risk driving yourself to the hospital. 

What is the aortic valve?

The aortic valve is one of the four valves in the heart. The aortic valve is the final “door” that opens to allow oxygen rich blood to flow out of the heart and back into the body. When the aortic valve does not open properly, the heart has to work harder to pump blood.

What are common aortic valve diseases?

Aortic Valve Stenosis
A condition in which the aortic valve does not close properly, creating a backflow of blood from the aorta into the left chamber of the heart.

Aortic Valve Regurgitation or Insufficiency
A narrowing of the valve between the heart and aorta that prevents it from opening or closing properly.

Atrial Septal Defect
A hole between the heart’s two upper chambers.

Congenital Heart Defect

A congenital heart defect is a condition that occurs when the heart – or blood vessels near the heart – do not develop normally before birth

Common aortic valve disease signs include:

  • fainting, fatigue, inability to exercise or lightheadedness
  • murmur or enlarged heart
  • chest pressure or shortness of breath

How Ohio State treats aortic valve disease

As a leading regional academic medical center, Ohio State offers several options to treat valve and structural heart disease. Ohio State is one of only a handful of centers in Ohio able to replace the aortic valve through a catheter approach called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. TAVR is a closed-chest, catheter-based valve replacement procedure that is an alternative to traditional open heart surgery. If you have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, you may be a candidate for this procedure.

Advanced age should not be a factor in determining not to have aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis. Patients in their 80s and even 90s often benefit dramatically from aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis.

Advancing Care for Heart Valve Diseases at Ohio State

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Minimally invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis

How the TAVR Procedure Works

This video shows how the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure is performed.

Our Providers

Share this Page