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WVU Hospitals nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular and stroke care
WVU Hospitals has received five American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating a commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.
Heather Thompson, 45 of Uniontown, PA, first started having heart palpitations when she was pregnant 15 years ago. Her doctors discovered that she had a mitral valve prolapse. Heather and her doctors in Uniontown watched her condition closely over the years, and when her symptoms started to come on more strongly, she talked to her cardiologist, who ordered more tests and referred her to WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute research provides clarity on choice of heart bypass surgery or stenting for coronary disease
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute clinical researchers presented results of a national study highlighting the benefits of coronary artery bypass graft surgery over the use of stenting in specific patients with coronary artery disease and blockages in multiple arteries.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Advanced Heart Failure team was the first in West Virginia to implant the Cordella® Pulmonary Artery Pressure Sensor System as part of the PROACTIVE-HF Pivotal Trial sponsored by Endotronix. The study aims to reduce hospitalization in heart failure patients over two years.
On behalf of the 200 medical professionals and over 1,000 dedicated staff who form the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we are proud to share some of the many tremendous accomplishments this devoted team has provided our state, region, and nation in 2021
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons perform the first completely robotic-assisted aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair, and surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation
“We are doing some of the first robotic procedures here at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute,” Vinay Badhwar, M.D., executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said. “Our teams are global pioneers in the area of robotic operations of the heart, lungs, and esophagus that enable improved outcomes and faster recovery.”
A new cohort study out of West Virginia University suggests one piece of life-support equipment—an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine—can be especially useful for treating some of these COVID-19 patients.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Division of Thoracic Surgery receives highest rating from surgeons organization.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Division of Thoracic Surgery has earned a distinguished three-star (highest) rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its esophageal cancer patient care and robotic esophagectomy outcomes. The three-star 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.
WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has retained its title of number one hospital in West Virginia and ranked 41st in the nation in Obstetric and Gynecological Care according to the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings. Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Ruby Memorial Hospital, were recognized as High Performing in one or more categories.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has received six national recognitions from Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.
WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital has received a Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care designation by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute team leads national study on optimal treatment for mitral valve disease
A team of researchers led by Vinay Badhwar, M.D., professor and executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and including J. Hunter Mehaffey, M.D., assistant professor in the WVU Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and other cardiology and cardiac surgery leaders from across the United States, has provided important clarity on the safety and outcomes of an important surgical treatment of mitral valve regurgitation, or leakage, caused by mitral valve prolapse.
Dhaval Chauhan, M.D., pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, will join the team at WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center and the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute on Jan. 30. He will also serve as an assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
Nark Kumaravelan has gained a new perspective on the holiday season and a much greater appreciation for selfless acts of kindness and giving this year. The 48-year-old Fairmont resident received the gift of life last Thursday, Nov. 19, when the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance, the state’s only multi-organ transplant program, performed West Virginia’s first dual-organ transplant at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. Kumaravelan received both a new heart and kidney from an unnamed donor.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute successfully removed its first COVID-19 patient from ECMO on Tuesday, June 16, after 514 hours of support.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons perform region’s first fully robotic aortic valve replacement.
Surgeons at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute recently performed a fully robotic aortic valve replacement operation done through a small opening in a patient’s side — the first time such a procedure has been done in the Northeastern region of the country.
Robert Parsons, a 61-year-old male from Chesapeake, Ohio, got a new lease on life when surgeons at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance performed West Virginia’s first heart transplant.
HVI in the news
STS 2023: Risk assessment tool “sets a high bar” when considering alternatives to surgery in mitral valve repair
Cardiovascular News I Jan. 24, 2023
CABG bests PCI for multivessel CAD, large new study confirms
Cardiovascular Business I Jan. 20, 2023
An updated look at surgically repairing the mitral valve due to mitral regurgitation
Cardiovascular Business I Jan. 19, 2023
COVID-19 REAL-TIME RESPONSE: Drs. Heather and J.W. Awori Hayanga of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
Stories from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Community” presents a video profile of Drs. Heather and J.W. Awori Hayanga, a cardiac anesthesiologist and a thoracic surgeon at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. Watch now
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health I Jun 15, 2020
WVU Medicine has raised the bar for cardiac care in West Virginia, offering advanced heart failure interventions that residents would have previously been required to leave the state to receive. Read Story
The State Journal I Feb 24, 2020
Patient Story: Peter is “living his life” thanks to the cardiac surgical care he received.
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