Clinical Research

Patients participating in clinical trials are helping shape the future of medicine for generations to come.

We are helping develop new treatments and finding ways to improve patient care.

As an academic health institution, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded center, we are at the forefront of developing cutting-edge research, and our patients have access to the latest clinical trials.

Clinical Trials

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is a leader in cardiovascular care and research in West Virginia. Our patients have access to the most current procedures and treatments. The experts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies.

For more information about these studies, contact Kimberly Quedado, PhD. at [email protected]


Current Recruiting Studies
A-DUE, Actelion
This study aims to demonstrate that the FDC of macitentan and tadalafil is more effective than therapy with 10 mg of macitentan alone or 40 mg of tadalafil alone. This phase 3 study will evaluate the efficacy and safety at 16 weeks of an FDC (macitentan 10 mg and tadalafil 40 mg) against these two PAH-approved therapies given as monotherapy to further confirm the added value of the FDC

The ALLEVIATE-HF study is a prospective, randomized, controlled, blinded, multi-site, interventional, investigational device exemption (IDE) pivotal study. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of a patient management pathway that utilizes an integrated device diagnostic-based risk stratification algorithm to guide patient care in subjects with NYHA class II and III heart failure, and to demonstrate the safety of the Reveal LINQ™ system and procedure in the study population.

CKJX839, Novartis, Balla

The CKJX839 study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study to evaluate the effect of inclisiran on preventing major adverse cardiovascular events in high-risk primary prevention patients.

Conformal, Conformal Medical, Inc, PI Vikrant Jagadeesan, MD

The CLAAS® device will be evaluated for safety and efficacy by establishing its performance is non-inferior to the commercially available WATCHMAN® and Amulet™ left atrial appendage closure devices in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Patients who are eligible for the trial will be randomized to receive either the CLAAS device or the WATCHMAN or Amulet™ devices and will be followed for 5 years after device implant.

DISCOVER, Bristol Myers Squibb, Christopher Bianco, DO

A Prospective Registry Study to Assess Real-world Patient Characteristics, Treatment Patterns, and Longitudinal Outcomes in Patients Receiving Mavacamten and Other Treatments for Symptomatic Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Obstructive HCM) (DISCOVER-HCM)

DyeMINISH, Osprey

The purpose of this registry-based study is to evaluate the ongoing, real-world clinical performance and safety of commercially available DyeVert Systems during typical clinical use for patients undergoing coronary or peripheral angiography for diagnostic and/or interventional procedures.

EBO5, Edesa

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of EB05 + SOC vs. Placebo + SOC in Adult Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19

ECP, Abiomed Inc., PI Akram Kawsara, MD and Jason Moreland, MD

The Impella ECP Study is a prospective, multi-center, single-arm study evaluating the rate of major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) with the Impella ECP device in adult patients undergoing elective or urgent high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention.

EXPAND II TAVR, Medtronic, Ramesh Daggubati, MD

Multi-center, international, prospective, randomized study. Subjects will be randomized to either transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the Evolut PRO+ TAVR System, or Evolut FX System, and guideline-directed management (GDMT) or GDMT alone.

HAART, Biostable

Multicenter US registry study to assess procedure success and long-term (10-year) performance of the HAART 200 and HAART 300 Aortic Annuloplasty Devices when used during aortic valve repair in a routine cardiovascular practice setting.
PI: J. Scott Rankin, MD

ICE-AF, Atricure

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the AtriCure CryoICE system in performing the Cox-Maze III lesion set, in conjunction with Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) exclusion using the AtriClip device.
PI: Niv Ad, MD

Immune Modulation Strategy Trial, STRIVE CTSN, Jeremiah Hayanga, MD

Strategies and Treatments for Respiratory Infections &; Viral Emergencies (STRIVE): Shionogi Protease Inhibitor

I-SPY, Quantum Leap

The goal of this project is to rapidly screen promising agents, in the setting of an adaptive platform trial, for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients. In this phase 2 platform design, agents will be identified with a signal suggesting a big impact on reducing mortality and the need for, as well as duration, of mechanical ventilation.

LeAAPS, Atricure, J. Hunter Mehaffey, MD

Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion for Prophylactic Stroke Reduction Trial LeAAPS Trial

MK-5475, MERCK, PI Marco Caccamo, DO

This is a two-part (Phase 2/Phase 3) study of MK-5475, an inhaled soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator, in participants with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

OPTIMAL, Vinay Badhwar, MD

The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and compliance of initial intravenous (IV) antibiotics followed by oral antibiotic therapy following uncomplicated IVDA endocarditis. Endocarditis has a high rate of sickness and death, involves a long hospitalization and a long-term use of IV antibiotics necessitating six (6) weeks of in-patient hospital stay, and comes with a high cost.
PI: Vinay Badhwar, MD

PACeS NIH CTSN , PI Vinay Badhwar, MD

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness (prevention of thromboembolic events) and safety (major bleeding) of adding oral anticoagulation (OAC) to background antiplatelet therapy in patients who develop new-onset post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) after isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

PRIMARY, NIH CTSN , PI Vinay Badhwar, MD

This is a prospective, multicenter, open-label, randomized trial comparing mitral valve (MV) transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) to surgical repair (1:1 ratio) in patients with primary, degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR). The trial will be conducted in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, and is designed as a strategy trial. Thus, all devices legally marketed for TEER of primary degenerative MR in a particular country are eligible to be used in this trial

Proactive HF, Endotronix

This is a prospective, open- label, single arm, multicenter clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Cordella PA Sensor System in NYHA Class III Heart Failure Patients compared to a Performance Goal (PG).

ProTECT, Natera

The ProTECT registry is an observational longitudinal, multi-center study observing patients undergoing heart transplant for whom Prospera testing is part of routine clinical care, who are enrolled within 60 days of heart transplantation.

PROTECT IV, Abiomed, PI Ramesh Daggubati, MD

The purpose of this study is to assess if using the Impella® CP (or Impella® 2.5) device during high-risk PCI in patients with reduced left-sided heart function will result in an improvement in symptoms, heart function and health after a heart procedure compared to the current standard of care.
PI: Ramesh Daggubati, MD


The objective of this randomized controlled trial (RCT) is to compare the clinical outcome of MitraClip™ device versus surgical repair in patients with severe primary MR who are at moderate surgical risk and whose mitral valve has been determined to be suitable for correction by MV repair surgery by the cardiac surgeon on the local site heart team.

RESPONDER-HF Trial, Corvia Medical , PI Vikrant Jagadeesan, MD

Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Sham Controlled, Double Blinded Clinical Trial, with; 1:1 randomization

Shionogi S-217622, STRIVE CTSN, Jeremiah Hayanga, MD

Strategies and Treatments for Respiratory Infections &; Viral Emergencies (STRIVE): Shionogi Protease Inhibitor

SMART, Medtronic

The purpose of this trial is to generate clinical evidence on valve safety and performance of self-expanding (SE) versus balloon-expandable (BE) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in subjects with a small aortic annulus and symptomatic severe native aortic stenos

STEMI-DTU, Abiomed

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate whether using the the IMPELLA® CP System temporary circulatory assist device for 30 minutes prior to a catheterization procedure has the potential to reduce the damage to the heart caused by a heart attack, compared to the current standard of care.

SUMMIT, Abbott, PI Vinay Badhwar, MD

Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of Using the Tendyne Transcatheter Mitral Valve System for the Treatment of Symptomatic Mitral Regurgitation

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Our Researh Faculty

Kimberly Quedado

Kimberly Quedado, PhD

Director, Research

Jeremiah Hayanga

J. W. Awori Hayanga, MD

Medical Director

James Mehaffey, MD

J. Hunter Mehaffey, MD

Medical Director