WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital unveils new cath lab


WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital is working to serve the Ohio Valley and its specific needs.

That is why they completely renovated their cath lab with state of the art technology to help prevent or diagnose cardiovascular issues.

Dr. Walid Gharib is the hospital’s interventional cardiologist.

“It makes all the difference for how to better treat these patients. It tells you whether or not you need to have things like surgeries or stints, or whether you just need medications. Things will vary from patient to patient,” said Dr. Gharib. 

It is all part of WVU Medicine’s mission to branch out and serve rural communities right in their heart instead of referring patients out to Morgantown.

“We have a lot of people that have high risk by diet or by family history or by smoking, so we want to bring this type of technology and this type of access into our community so that access is not a problem for them,” said President and CEO Dr. David Hess. 

While contrast is injected into the patient, the machine will use radiation to take photos of the arteries. 

They will then look for narrowing in the arteries, or stenosis, on the large monitor. 

“It’s almost like the idea of going from a tube television to a 4K television, so we’re actually improving the quality, reducing the power consumption, reducing radiation, and giving the same level quality that you would see in say Cleveland Clinic or in Morgantown,” said Dr. Gharib. 

Not only is this new technology better for patients, it is also better for the nurses and doctors who will be exposed to less radiation.

The first patient to use the new equipment in the cath lab is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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