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
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Ahmad Arham, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Fairmont
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Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC

Gordon F. Murray Professor and Executive Chair; Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute - Administration
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Chalak Berzingi, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Medicine; Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Elkins
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Robert James Beto, MD, FACC, FSCAI

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

, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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David Church, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport
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Samantha Crites, DO

Fellow, Medicine; Non-Invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Alexandre C. d'Audiffret, MD

Associate Professor; Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Jared Feyko, DO

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

Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute – Glen Dale; Fellow, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Fellow, Medicine
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Khumara Huseynova, MD

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

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

Interventional Cardiologist, Medicine; Interventional Cardiologist, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute - Administration; Interventional Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute – Oakland, MD
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Gerardo Lopez, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor, Medicine
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Luke Marone, MD

Co-Director Heart and Vascular Institute, WVU Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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James D. Mills, MD, FACC

Non-invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Medicine; Non-Invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Grafton
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Jason Moreland, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine
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Anthony Morise, MD, FACC

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

Clinical Instructor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Olusola Oduntan, MD

Assistant Professor, WVU Cancer Institute Clinics; Associate Professor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Lakshmikumar Pillai, MD

Associate Professor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Sameer Raina, MD

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

, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Bryan Raybuck, MD

Co-Director, HVI Outreach, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Anthony J. Roda-Renzelli, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine; Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Institute - Grafton
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Stanley B. Schmidt, MD, FACC

Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine
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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
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David Tingler, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine; Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Institute - Fairmont
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Kevin Tveter, MD

Assistant Professor, WVU Cancer Institute Clinics; Assistant Professor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Lawrence Wei, MD

Associate Professor, Cardiac Rehabilitation
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Pamela Zimmerman, MD

Associate Professor, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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