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Our team of experts share in-depth information on many of the cutting-edge treatments and procedures available at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.

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Robotic cardiac surgery is heart surgery done through very small cuts in the chest. With the use of tiny instruments and robot-controlled tools, surgeons are able to do heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than open-heart surgery.

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Why use robotics in cardiac surgery

How is it performed?

The recovery process

Aortic valve repair is performed to treat aortic valve insufficiency with outcomes comparable to the valve replacement. When performed in a high volume center with adequate expertise, a wide variety etiologies of aortic insufficiency can be repaired including sub valvular and supravalvular repair.

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What is Aortic Insufficiency?

Advantages of Aortic Valve Repair

How are Aortic Valve Repairs performed?

Aortic Valve Repair Recovery

Aortic Dissection Video Series with Dr. J. Hunter Mehaffey

An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery (aorta). Blood rushes through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to split (dissect). If the blood goes through the outside aortic wall, aortic dissection is often deadly.

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What is aortic dissection?

How are aortic conditions corrected?

Aortic heart surgery risks

Aortic heart surgery recovery process

Coronary artery disease is a common heart condition. The major blood vessels that supply the heart (coronary arteries) struggle to send enough blood, oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. Cholesterol deposits (plaques) in the heart arteries and inflammation are usually the cause of coronary artery disease.

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Coronary Artery Disease Treatments

What is the CABG Procedure?

What are the risks with CABG procedure?

How is the CABG procedure performed?

What is the CABG recovery process?


Mitral valve disease is a problem with the valve located between the left heart chambers. The upper left heart chamber is called the left atrium. The bottom left heart chamber is called the left ventricle.

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What is Mitral Valve Disease?

What are the risk of Mitral Valve Surgery?

What are the treatment options?

Congenital heart disease is one or more problems with the heart’s structure that has existed since birth. Congenital means that you’re born with the condition. Congenital heart disease in adults and children can change the way blood flows through the heart.

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What is congenital heart disease?

What are the risks?

How are the surgeries performed?

What is the recovery?

Aortic Stenosis – TAVR with Dr. Akram Kawsara

Aortic stenosis — is a type of heart valve disease (valvular heart disease). The valve between the lower left heart chamber and the body’s main artery (aorta) is narrowed and doesn’t open fully. This reduces or blocks blood flow from the heart to the aorta and to the rest of the body.

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What is aortic stenosis?

What are the treatment options?

What is the TAVR procedure?

Risks of TAVR

Recovery process for TAVR procedure

Angioplasty with stent placement is used to treat the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls, a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a common cause of blockages in the heart arteries. Blockage or narrowing of these blood vessels is called coronary artery disease.

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What is a Coronary Intervention?

Coronary Intervention risks

Coronary Intervention procedure

Coronary Intervention recovery process

Heart Failure – LVAD with Dr. Marco Caccamo

Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. When this happens, blood often backs up and fluid can build up in the lungs, causing shortness of breath.

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What is a heart failure?

LVAD Procedure

LVAD Recovery

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular and often very rapid heart rhythm. In catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation, a doctor inserts long, thin tubes (catheters) into your groin and guides them through blood vessels to your heart.

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What is Atrial Fibrillation?

What are the treatment options?

What are the risks?

How is it Catheter Ablation performed?

What is the recovery process?

Lung Cancer – Lobectomy, with Dr. Robert Herron

A lobectomy is a surgery to remove one of the lobes of the lungs. A lobectomy may be done when a problem is found in just part of a lung. The affected lobe is removed, and the remaining healthy lung tissue can work as normal.

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What is a Lobectomy?

Lobectomy Risks

Lobectomy Procedure

Lobectomy Recovery

An aortic aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta. Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to manage abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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Monitoring and Repair

How is EVAR performed?

What is the recovery process?

Preoperative care is the preparation and management of a client during the preoperative period, which is the time period between the decision to perform a surgery and the beginning of the surgical procedure.

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