The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute offers a comprehensive arrhythmia service that focuses on the latest medical and interventional approaches to arrhythmia management.

The following procedures are offered:

  • Pacemaker implantation and follow-up
  • Defibrillator implantation and follow-up
  • Biventricular pacing for heart failure
  • Laser lead extraction of pacemaker and defibrillator leads
  • Electrophysiologic evaluation of arrhythmias
  • Catheter ablation of SVT, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular arrhythmias
  • WATCHMAN heart implant

In addition to standard mapping and ablation techniques to treat arrhythmias, our center has the ability to incorporate cardiac CT scans into computerized 3D mapping of arrhythmias.

We offer traditional radiofrequency (heating) ablation, irrigated radiofrequency ablation (for deeper lesion depth in certain heart chambers), and even cryoablation (freezing) for special applications.

The full spectrum of cardiac pacemaker and defibrillator care is offered. To meet the needs of our patients, we coordinate care with the referring physician to ease long-term, follow-up issues.

Learn more about arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death through our Q and A.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologists 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 therapy is the only treatment for patients who previously did not have an option to reduce the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation.

Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with AF, and AF-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling. For patients with AF who are at risk for stroke but are unsuitable for blood thinners, the WATCHMAN implant is an alternative to reduce their risk of AF-related stroke. It closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from forming in the LAA and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke is reduced and, over time, patients stop taking blood-thinning medication.

Implanting the WATCHMAN Device is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour. Following the procedure, patients typically need to stay in the hospital for 24 hours.

Stanley Schmidt, MD, FACC

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Donald Siddoway, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Connellsville, PA; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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