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 Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Ahmad Arham, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Fairmont; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC

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

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; MD, Medicine; Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Elkins; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Robert James Beto, MD, FACC, FSCAI

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

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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David Church, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Samantha Crites, DO

Fellow, Medicine; Non-Invasive Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Alexandre C. d'Audiffret, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; Program Director of 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, Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Khumara Huseynova, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Abnash Jain, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI

Cardiology, Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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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; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Gerardo Lopez, MD

Cardiologist, Heart and Vascular Institute - Bridgeport; Assistant Professor, Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Luke Marone, MD

Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery; Professor of Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; 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; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Jason Moreland, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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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, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Olusola Oduntan, MD

Assistant Professor, WVU Cancer Institute Clinics; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Lakshmikumar Pillai, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Sameer Raina, MD

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

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Bryan Raybuck, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Co-Director, HVI Outreach, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Interim Chief, Cardiology; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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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; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Stanley B. Schmidt, MD, FACC

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Cardiology, Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Donald Siddoway, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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David Tingler, MD

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

Assistant Professor, WVU Cancer Institute Clinics; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Lawrence Wei, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown
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Pamela Zimmerman, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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