Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem in existence, and West Virginia is a state with a high incidence of the condition. That is why the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Center for Atrial Fibrillation is so important.

By age 70, one in 10 patients may have atrial fibrillation. It’s a disease where the top chambers quiver, rather than beating and contracting in a regular fashion. It can cause significant symptoms, and it can also place patients at risk for stroke.

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is very proud to be the first facility in the state to offer the WATCHMAN device, an implant that looks like a parachute. After being placed in the left atrial appendage, located in the front of the heart, the device helps reduce the risk of stroke.