Advanced Heart Failure

Heart failure is the most common heart-related reason for hospital admission and readmission in West Virginia and surrounding regions.

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Trust your heart care with the only multidisciplinary heart failure team in the state.

At the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, our board-certified, and fellowship-trained advanced heart failure specialists treat patients with state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to properly diagnose and treat all severities of heart failure.

As the only multidisciplinary heart failure team in the state, our team includes pharmacists, specialty-trained nurses, exercise physiologists, social workers, dietitians, and expert physician team members, who go above and beyond to bring the highest quality and most comprehensive service for patients across the region. Having a multidisciplinary team means our patients have someone to assist in every aspect of their care.

Our treatment goals are to:

    • Relieve symptoms and improve quality of life
    • Slow disease progression
    • Reduce the need for emergency room visits and hospitalization
    • Help people live longer
    • Treatment options depends on the type, cause, symptoms and severity of the heart failure. Usually, more than one therapy is used.
QUICK FACTS
  • Recognized as High Performing in Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2019-20 Best Hospitals in the United States.
  • The first in West Virginia to successfully implant the life-saving heart pump known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Now, patients in West Virginia and nearby states no longer need to leave the state to obtain this advanced heart failure therapy.
  • Only center in West Virginia to offer both oral and intravenous therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  • First center in West Virginia to offer heart transplant – Patients no longer need to leave the state for this life-saving therapy.
  • West Virginia’s only dedicated cardio-oncology program. We provide specialized care to assist in the prevention, detection, monitoring, and treatment of cardiovascular toxicities related to cancer therapy, as well as delivering optimal care to those with cancer and established cardiovascular disease.
  • Recognized for Excellence in Heart Failure, receiving the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. View Certificate

Conditions and Treatments

Heart failure is the most common heart-related reason for hospital admission and readmission in West Virginia. Although heart failure is a serious condition that progressively gets worse over time, certain cases can be reversed with treatment. Even when the heart muscle is impaired, there are a number of treatments that can relieve symptoms and stop or slow the gradual worsening of the condition.

Conditions and treatments include:

The Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Cardiology Support

The Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Cardiology Support, the only such center in the region, is an area of special care at WVU Medicine. It provides IV inotropic therapy to stable outpatients with advanced heart failure, with a goal of improving functional level and avoiding hospitalization.

The center is an important resource for the state, reducing the number of emergency room visits and lowering health costs for heart patients. Many patients receive treatment through medication. The treatments are especially useful for patients who are at the maximum dosage of other heart drugs, people awaiting a heart transplant, or people who have a heart muscle disease. The treatment also helps patients breathe more easily.

CardioMEMS HF System

It is estimated that patients who monitor their congestive heart failure with the CardioMEMS system may reduce their risk for sudden hospital readmission by almost 37 percent. We are designated as one of 16 national sites of excellence by the device manufacturer, and we are the only site in West Virginia currently offering this procedure. WVU Heart and Vascular Institute physicians are proud to be able to offer this technology to our patients.

Patient Support Groups

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Heart Failure Facebook Support Group
This private Facebook group is a resource where patients diagnosed with heart failure can connect with others while learning about their condition and its management. To join the group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/wvuheartfailure. For details, contact Debra Hairston at (304) 285-7900 or email debra.hairston2@wvumedicine.org.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020-21

Six WVU Medicine hospitals were designated as High Performing in Heart Failure.

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American Heart Association, 2020 Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

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Second Opinions

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Clinical Research

The experts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies.

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Academics & Fellowship Programs

Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

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Our Advanced Heart Failure Faculty

George Sokos, DO

Associate Professor of Medicine,  Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Director, Advanced Heart Failure, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Christopher Bianco, DO

Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Advanced Heart Failure, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Marco Caccamo, DO

Associate Professor, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Assistant Director of Pulmonary Hypertension and Assistant Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support in the Advanced Heart Failure Program, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Luigi Lagazzi Garros, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute

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Vinay Badhwar, MD

Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Executive Chair, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and Service Line

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Lawrence Wei, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Director, Cardiac Surgery; Co-Director of the Center for Aortic Surgery; Director of the Center for Aortic Valve Disease; Director of Robotic Revascularization, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Locations

Through partnerships and affiliations with local hospitals and clinics, we bring access to complete comprehensive care for patients across West Virginia, and into surrounding regions, including Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and beyond.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Main Campus at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital

1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 877-988-4478
Services: Clinic, Surgery

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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Summersville Regional Medical Center

400 Fairview Heights Road
Summersville, WV 26651
Phone: 855-988-2273
Services: Telemedicine, Clinic

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Waynesburg - Clinic

451 Murtha Drive
Waynesburg, PA
Phone: 855-WVU-CARE
Services: Clinic

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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Wheeling Hospital

1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304-243-3000
Services: Clinic, Surgery

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For more information or to schedule an appointment,
call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273) or schedule online.