A heart attack is the result of blocked blood flow to a section of the heart muscle. If the blood flow is not restored quickly, the heart muscle becomes damaged from oxygen deprivation and begins to die.

Heart attack most often occurs as the result of coronary artery disease — a buildup of plaque inside the coronary arteries. Risk factors for coronary artery disease and heart attack include age, family history, smoking, and being overweight or obese.

Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort or pain characterized by an uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. This pain can be mild or strong.
  • Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or before chest pain.
  • Other signs: nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or fainting, or cold sweats.

Treatment

  • The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute has the doctors, technology, and facilities 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.
  • 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.
  • Balloon angioplasty opens coronary arteries, restores blood flow to the heart muscle, and decreases the patient’s risk of disability or death.

If you think you’re having a heart attack …

  • Call 911 immediately.

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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Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC

Executive Chair, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute;, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute - Administration; Executive Chair, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute; Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chair, Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, WVU SOM
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Chalak Berzingi, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Elkins; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Robert Beto, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Bryan Bush, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Surgery
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, Camden Clark Medical Center
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David Church, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Alexandre d'Audiffret, MD

Program Director of Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Jared Feyko, DO

Instructor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Instructor
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Walid Gharib, MD

Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Glen Dale; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, Reynolds Memorial Hospital
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Khumara Huseynova, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Abnash Jain, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI

Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Professor
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Jonathan Lanham, MD

Interventional Cardiologist, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute - Administration; Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Oakland, MD; Interventional Cardiologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Gerardo Lopez, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Luke Marone, MD

Co-Director Heart and Vascular Institute, WVU Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Co-Director Heart and Vascular Institute WVU Medicine; Chief of Vascular Interventional Services
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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James Mills, MD, FACC

Non-invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Non-Invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Grafton; Assistant Director, Stress and Metabolic Imaging; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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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
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Anthony Morise, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Professor
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Takashi Murashita, MD

Clinical Instructor, Heart and Vascular Institute
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Olusola Oduntan, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor of Medicine
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Lakshmikumar Pillai, MD

Associate Professor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Sameer Raina, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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J. Scott Rankin, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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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
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Stanley Schmidt, MD, FACC

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Donald Siddoway, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Connellsville, PA; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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David Tingler, MD

Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Institute - Fairmont; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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Kevin Tveter, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Lawrence Wei, MD

Co-Director, Center for Aortic Surgery and Director, Center for Aortic Valve Disease; Associate Professor of Medicine
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Pamela Zimmerman, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor of Surgery
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, United Hospital Center
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