Stroke Reduction Device Offers Hope to At-Risk AFib Patients on Blood Thinners

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Inova Heart and Vascular Institute Among the First to Use Next-Generation WATCHMAN FLX™ Device for Stroke Reduction Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) clinicians are among the first in the Washington, DC region to implant a next-generation stroke risk reduction device for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is an irregular heartbeat that affects as…

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Effects of Alcohol on the Heart: How Much is Too Much?

David Kopin, MD, is a general cardiologist who is board certified in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. You eat well, exercise and try to stay healthy — but you also enjoy a beer while watching the game, or a glass of wine at dinner. Can alcohol ever be part of a heart-healthy diet? Here’s…

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Inova’s Christopher O’Connor to Receive Distinguished Scientist Award from American College of Cardiology


Falls Church, VA (February 4, 2021) The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently announced Christopher O’Connor, MD, MACC, President of the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), was chosen to receive the 2021 ACC Distinguished Scientist Award – Clinical Domain. This award recognizes Dr. O’Connor’s extraordinary career as a trailblazer in cardiovascular and heart failure…

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Review of Inova COVID-19 Cases Lends Insight into Ventilator Mortality Risks

Falls Church, VA – An Inova study of COVID-19 patients sheds light on how patients have responded to advanced ICU interventions. Researchers sought to paint a realistic picture of survival expectations within a single, well-resourced healthcare system, over the patient’s entire length of stay. Christopher King, MD, transplant pulmonologist and critical care physician at Inova Fairfax…

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Inova Fairfax Medical Campus Receives ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) designated Inova Fairfax Medical Campus a Gold Level Center of Excellence for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation- a therapy that has been successful in treating some of Inova’s most critically ill patients, including those with COVID-19. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life support machine that is used during life-threatening reversible…

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Inova Health System Recognized by the ACC in the “Best Hospitals” Issue of U.S. News & World Report

American College of Cardiology acknowledges health systems for their commitment to quality care for heart patients Falls Church, VA, 2020 –  Inova has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report as one of the top health systems in the U.S. for providing…

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Inova Partners with NIH’s NHLBI on New Clinical Trial for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

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Study enrollment complete with topline data expected in April 2021 Falls Church, VA – Inova Lung Services is part of a multicenter Phase 2 investigator-sponsored trial (IST) to evaluate the safety of fostamatinib, an oral spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor, for the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The study is in collaboration with the National…

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Transforming Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Care with the ALTO Abdominal Stent Graft System

Dipankar Mukherjee, MD, the lead investigator for Inova’s clinical trial on the device, discusses how the recently FDA-approved ALTO™ device is transforming treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). With the commercial release of the ALTO™ Abdominal Stent Graft System, Inova’s vascular surgeons are helping to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients with abdominal aortic…

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Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s Schaufeld Family Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center Opens New Space

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Leesburg, VA — Inova Loudoun Hospital is proud to announce the opening of its new Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) – Schaufeld Family Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center in the North Patient Tower. This space is double the size of the previous location with over 6,000 square feet offering space for clinical programs and…

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High Blood Pressure Guidelines: Take Control to Protect Your Heart

Afrooz Ardestani, MD, is a specialty care cardiologist board-certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, adult comprehensive echocardiography and internal medicine. High blood pressure is very common. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have blood pressure above the healthy range. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s no big deal. Untreated, high blood pressure…

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