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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute partners with group for free exams

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s CHOICE program, in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Education and Research Foundation and more than 20 medical organizations from across the United States, will host a first-of-its-kind, one-day free cardiovascular screening and diagnostic examination event at four WVU Medicine locations in North Central West Virginia on Oct. 20.
“This screening is an opportunity for people to receive the most advanced cardiac examinations using state-of-the-art technology without worrying about financial constraints,” Dr. Partho Sengupta, chief of Cardiology at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said. “This is the first time a screening with this level of technology and number of professionals from across the country has been done in the United States. Not only is this an opportunity for the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute to serve residents of West Virginia, but it is an opportunity for us to learn more about cardiac health in rural communities.”
Screenings will be available at these WVU Heart and Vascular Institute locations:

  • 1 Medical Center Dr., Morgantown
  • 1325 Locust Ave., Fairmont
  • 527 Medical Park Dr., Suite 304, Bridgeport
  • 812 Gorman Ave., Elkins

This event will demonstrate the capability of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s smart clinic. Each volunteer physician and healthcare professional will carry out a state-of-the art technology enabled cardiac exam for every patient, which will include the world’s first Ultrasound-on-a-Chip technology that converts a smartphone into an ultrasound system. The event will also feature artificial intelligence and cloud-based services, including a fingertip EKG reading and other mobile health technologies offered on tablet computers.
Patients who merit a full ultrasound examination will receive a comprehensive exam on a high-end ultrasound system with best image quality and features. Patients who are identified to have heart diseases will be given opportunity to follow-up with WVU Medicine clinics for further consultation and follow-up care.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s CHOICE program is made possible through a grant from Edward Lifesciences.
Volunteers from these groups make this screening event possible: Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Cardiac Care Consultants of New Mexico, Duke University, Mohawk Valley Health System, St. Elizabeth Hospital Campus, Hospital Sisters Health System, St. John’s Hospital, Aurora Healthcare, Duke University, University of Utah Hospital, University of Kentucky, Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Palms West Hospital, University of California Davis Medical Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Hoboken University Medical Center, Valley Health System, Atlanticare Mission Health, University of Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh, Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, ASE, and the ASE Foundation.
“Some of the best minds in cardiology across the United States will be involved in this event,” Dr. Sengupta continued. “For one day, the entire cardiology profession will focus its talents and energies on West Virginia. People should take this opportunity to learn about their own heart health and determine what risks they might have.”
Data collected from this screening will be used to further research in the field of cardiology and early intervention. IRB approval is on file.
Appointments are limited, and pre-registration is available at or by calling the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at