Center for Atrial Fibrillation

A multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of AF.  We are also a national referral center for atrial
fibrillation.

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Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common heart rhythm abnormality affecting approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.

When someone has AF, 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.

For more information about Atrial fibrillation or to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiologist, call 844-WVU-AFIB (844-988-2342).

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Our Faculty

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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Donald Siddoway, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Electrophysiology, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Chris Cook, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Stanley Schmidt, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Electrophysiology, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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David Schwartzman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Director of Electrophysiology, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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John Lobban, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Electrophysiology, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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Ted Friehling, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Electrophysiology, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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