News and stories featuring our team of global pioneers in cardiac and vascular care, and research.
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 2020
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute receives national recognition as Top Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute has received the prestigious Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation for demonstrating a consistent record of high volumes, superior clinical outcomes, and durability resulting from mitral valve repair. The national recognition by an expert panel of cardiologists and surgeons from across the United States places the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute as one of the top 10 heart programs for mitral valve surgery in the country.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute has been selected as a winner in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Big Data Analysis Challenge: Creating New Paradigms for Heart Failure Research for research on using machine learning to predict ventricular disease done by Partho Sengupta, M.D., WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiology division chief and director of cardiac imaging.
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.
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.
Partho Sengupta, M.D., WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiology division chief and director of cardiac imaging, and an international team of researchers have successfully implemented machine learning as an effective screening tool for early diagnosis of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD), a common form of heart failure.
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.
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute first to implement technology for non-invasive detection of heart disease
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is the first academic medical center to install Genetesis CardioFlux FAC magnetocardiography (MCG) cardiac imaging technology. The FDA-cleared system measures and displays the signals produced by the heart’s electrical activity without the use of radiation, medications, or exercise, allowing doctors to quickly and accurately diagnose heart disease.
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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
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