Interventional cardiologists use non-surgical techniques — usually by running a catheter through the arteries into and around the heart — to repair the blockages that cut off the flow of blood in and out of the heart. Our cardiologists perform angioplasties, in which a balloon attached to the catheter clears the arteries, and are also experienced in the use of stents. In addition to traditional stents, WVU uses drug-eluting stents, which deliver medication directly to the site of the blockage.

At the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we perform between 1,500 to 1,800 angioplasties and stent placements annually.

For a heart attack patient, “door to balloon” is the time from arrival at the hospital until the start of balloon angioplasty. The national goal for “door to balloon” is 90 minutes. The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute far exceeds that goal.

We have the doctors, technology, and facilities, including our cardiac labs, to make a rapid diagnosis and take quick, effective action 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We’ve refined our coordination and teamwork to a science.

Treatments/procedures performed at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute include:

  • Ablation
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • CardioMEMS HF device placement
  • Clot extraction
  • Cutting catheter or “Pac-Man” surgery for patients with chronic total occlusions (CTOs)
  • Diagnostic catheterization for evaluation of coronary artery and valvular heart disease (Intravascular ultrasound and flow wire available)
  • Interpretation of both invasive and non-invasive cardiac testing
  • Noninvasive cardiac evaluation with stress/nuclear and stress/echocardiogram
  • Pacemaker
  • Preoperative cardiac evaluation prior to non-cardiac surgery
  • Renal and peripheral artery stenting
  • Stenting
  • TAVR
  • WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device

Radial Artery Access Cardiac Catheterization
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute interventional cardiologists offer radial artery access, a cardiac catheterization technique that uses arteries in the wrist to reach the heart.

Radial artery wrist access allows for the same tests and procedures as other catheterization methods for diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease, with increased benefit over traditional femoral artery (groin) access.

The advantages of using the radial artery as an access point include:

  • decreased risk of complications from bleeding
  • faster recovery time
  • greater comfort for patients
  • faster mobility
  • shorter hospital stays

Women, older, or obese patients may especially benefit from radial artery access.

Mohamad Alkhouli, MD

Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program; Medical Director of the Structual Heart Program; Interventional Cardiologist
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Ahmad Arham, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Fairmont; Assistant Professor of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Chalak Berzingi, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Elkins; Assistant Professor of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Walid Gharib, MD

Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Glen Dale; Assistant Professor of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Reynolds Memorial Hospital
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Gerardo Lopez, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, United Hospital Center
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Jason Moreland, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Cath Lab Director; Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine, WVU School of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Bryan Raybuck, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Co-Director, HVI Outreach, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Interim Chief, Section of Cardiology; Co-Director of Outreach; Interventional Cardiologist; Director, Cardiac Catheterization Labratory
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Anthony Roda-Renzelli, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Institute - Grafton; Program Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program; Interim Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology Program
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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