At the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, our board-certified physicians are performing groundbreaking procedures using cutting edge techniques. Our nationally recognized team of cardiac experts perform thousands of procedures annually and make your heart their priority.
Interventional cardiologists use non-surgical techniques with catheters, balloons, and stents to repair blockages in the arteries of the heart and other areas of the body. Many patients can go home on the same day of their procedure
For heart attack patients, the national goal for “door to balloon time” (the time from arrival at the hospital until opening the blockage) is 90 minutes or less. The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute far exceeds that goal.
We have the doctors, technology, and facilities, including our cardiac labs, clinics across the eastern panhandle, and cardiac rehab, to make a rapid diagnosis and take quick, effective action 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Treatments and Services
- Balloon angioplasty and stents
- Cardiac catheterization using radial artery access (through the arm)
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
- Lower extremity and renal artery stenting
- Stress testing
Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute interventional cardiologists can perform cardiac catheterization through the wrist instead of through the femoral artery (groin).
The advantages of using the radial artery as an access point include:
- Decreased risk of complications from bleeding
- Faster recovery time
- Greater patient comfort
- Faster mobility
- Shorter hospital stays
Women, older, or obese patients may especially benefit from radial artery access.
For more information visit the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute – Region page.
For an appointment call 304-350-3273
If you are a community provider and wish to make a referral to the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we will work closely with you to ensure both you and your patients have a personalized experience. To refer a patient, you can call our clinics directly.
Locations and Contact Information
At the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, our board-certified, and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeons treat patients with diseases of the chest (thorax), lungs, and upper gastrointestinal system (esophagus and stomach), using the most advanced equipment and latest surgical techniques including minimally-invasive robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
We earned a distinguished three-star (highest) rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for esophageal cancer patient care and robotic esophagostomy outcomes. The rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute among the elite in the United States and Canada for general thoracic surgery. Read full story here.
Treatments and Procedures
Advanced minimally invasive robotic/laparoscopic surgeries
- Robotic anti-reflux/GERD surgery
- Robotic esophagectomy
- Robotic first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome
- Robotic hiatal hernia repair surgery
- Robotic Heller myotomy for achalasia
- Robotic lung preserving/sparing surgery
- Robotic lung cancer surgery
- Robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis and other mediastinal tumors
- Robotic tracheobronchoplasty for tracheomalcia
- Surgery for advanced lung cancer
- POEM (peroral endoscopic myotomy)
- Rigid bronchoscopy/cryotherapy/YAG laser/airway diseases
- Surgery for mesothelioma
- Tracheal resection
- Chest wall and pectus surgery
For more information about the Thoracic Surgery program visit our main campus thoracic surgery webpage.