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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute offers new treatment for atrial fibrillation patients

Mountaineers Go First.

Wissam Gharib, M.D., Robert Hull, M.D., and Samantha Crites, D.O., cardiologists at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, are the first physicians in the state to implant the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant, a new treatment for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. This novel therapy is the only treatment for patients who previously did not have an option to reduce the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation.

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation stroke
  • Eventually eliminates the need for blood-thinning medication
  • One-time procedure that lasts about an hour


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