When you have AFib, choose West Virginia’s most trusted and proven leader.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is one of the nation’s top programs for the comprehensive management of AFib. The WVU Medicine Center for Atrial Fibrillation is the state’s only program with truly dedicated multidisciplinary expertise – electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and heart surgeons all focused on helping you as one team to treat your AFib.
Our team of experts…
- helped write the current national guidelines for the management of AFib
- are national leaders on teaching others how to manage AFib
- have the most experience with ALL treatments of AFib than anywhere in West Virginia
- were the first to perform robotic assisted ablation of AFib
- are leaders in multiple new clinical trials involving innovative therapy for AFib
- are procedural leaders who regularly use novel devices such as cryoballoon, robotics, and the WATCHMAN FLX®
It’s our privilege to offer patients a full range of medical, surgical, and interventional services for the treatment of AFib, including emerging new techniques and devices that are not offered anywhere else in the state.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm abnormality affecting millions of Americans.
It’s estimated that an upwards of six million Americans are affected by AFib. Studies have also shown those affected with AFib have a higher risk of heart failure, and five times greater risk of stroke than those with normal heart rhythms.
When someone has AFib, the sinus node (SA node) doesn’t properly direct the heart’s electrical rhythm. Many different impulses rapidly fire at the same time, causing a very fast and chaotic rhythm in the atria (upper chambers of the heart). Because the electrical impulses are so fast and chaotic, the atria cannot contract and/or squeeze blood effectively into the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). This decreases the heart’s pumping ability and increases the risk for blood clots.
Procedures and Treatments
The Center for Atrial Fibrillation is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of AF. In addition to diagnosing atrial fibrillation, we:
- Have national expertise in current, state-of-the-art atrial fibrillation treatments.
- Help people with atrial fibrillation manage a wide range of healthcare goals, lifestyle choices, and self-monitoring responsibilities.
- Educate our patients and their families about atrial fibrillation. We know from experience that patients who understand their diagnosis become more active in their treatment, which can make a difference in their recovery.
Each of our providers is dedicated to applying the latest atrial fibrillation research and knowledge to offer the safest, most effective options in patient care. It is with this knowledge that we discover atrial fibrillation causes and consequences, and develop treatment options.
One of the goals of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation is to restore and protect good quality of life for people with atrial fibrillation. Through screening, we hope to reach as many people with atrial fibrillation as possible so we can reduce their risk for stroke and other cardiovascular events.
Our center works closely with:
- Primary care physicians to consider atrial fibrillation early in their diagnostic efforts
- Cardiology groups throughout the region and the country to share expert advice and insight
- Colleagues to achieve optimal outcomes for people with atrial fibrillation
By raising public and professional awareness of this condition, we may be able to encourage earlier intervention and avoid the potentially debilitating consequences of atrial fibrillation.
Our team of experts address each patient’s unique symptoms and risk factors to diagnose and develop a personalized treatment plan for each individual. We specialize in a variety of treatment options including:
- Left atrial appendage occlusion using the WATCHMAN and WATCHMAN FLX® Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant
- Advanced catheter-based ablation
- AMPLATZER Amulet Left Atrial Appendage Occluder
- Nation-leading surgical ablation including robotic Cox Maze procedures
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Bryan Raybuck, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Co-Director of Outreach; Director, Cardiac Catheterization Labratory, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute