What we do matters – a story of the generational impact of caring for patients

Cleveland Francis, MD, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor at Inova Schar Heart and Vascular. Growing up in small-town West Virginia, Jessica Flanagan heard stories about a wonderful doctor. During the late 1970s, an Alexandria cardiologist had treated her late mother, Susan Flanagan, before she passed away from a congenital heart condition. Jessica was only 3…

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Dr. Garima Sharma receives supplemental AHA grant to study social determinants of the risk of high blood pressure in women of reproductive age

Garima Sharma, MD, Director of Inova’s Cardio-Obstetrics and Cardiovascular Women’s Health program, was recently awarded a supplemental grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to continue work on the project, The Social Determinants of the Risk of Hypertension in Women of Reproductive Age (SAFE HEART). Dr. Sharma is a co-principal investigator of the study along…

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Inova partners with transplant patients to improve patient care experience

In 2020, the transplant team at Inova established a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to enhance healthcare delivery for transplant patients and improve their overall experience. The PFAC serves as a platform for patients and caregivers to share valuable feedback and insights with the transplant team on better meeting patient needs during the various…

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Inova Schar Heart and Vascular receives $1.4 million pediatric heart transplant research grant

Fairfax, VA — A research team at Inova Schar Heart and Vascular recently received nearly $1.4 million to develop a new blood test that doctors can use to optimize the immunosuppression medications needed after pediatric heart transplant. The team will be led by Palak Shah, MD, MS, Director of the Inova Cardiovascular Genomics Center and…

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7 ways to lower blood pressure naturally

Jason Bonomo, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist at Inova Schar Heart and Vascular. Dr. Bonomo is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and internal medicine and has a PhD in molecular medicine and translational science. He practices at the Inova Cardiology – Fairfax and Ballston offices and cares for patients at Inova Fairfax and Inova Fair…

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Inova Schar Heart and Vascular: a premier destination for the highest quality cardiovascular care

Christopher M. O’Connor, MD, MACC, is the President of Inova Schar Heart and Vascular. He is an internationally renowned authority on heart failure and practices at the Inova Cardiology – Fairfax office. Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the nation and in Virginia. The toll is particularly high in those over…

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Latitia got a new heart and new lungs in 2023 – as Inova celebrates a record-breaking 50 lung transplants

Latitia Figgs family

In 2023, Inova established a new institutional record for lung transplants performed in a year, completing a total of 50. That number included four heart-lung transplants, our first HIV lung transplant and our first lung retransplantation with a subsequent kidney transplant the following day. Additionally, Inova has extended the upper age cutoff for lung transplantation…

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Inova Dream B!G announces the inaugural “Young Hearts Go Red STEMinist Event”

A day of empowering discovery in STEM and Cardiovascular Health Fairfax, VA — Inova Fairfax Hospital hosted 50 young women, grades 7th-12th, for a workforce development program designed to encourage students to explore healthcare career opportunities. The  event was dedicated to empowering young minds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and promoting awareness about…

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Inflammation’s role in heart disease

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Jared Spitz, MD, is a board-certified cardiovascular disease physician. He practices at the Inova Cardiology offices in Fairfax, Fair Oaks and Ballston. An elevated cholesterol level is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Increasingly, treatment of inflammation has gained attention as an important part of heart disease prevention. The U.S. Food and…

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