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 at Berkeley Medical Center, we perform bovver 1,500 procedures 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 at Berkeley Medical Center include:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Clot extraction
- 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 Echocardiogram
- Preoperative cardiac evaluation prior to non-cardiac surgery
- Renal and peripheral artery stenting
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 rist 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.
Information and Appointments
For more information visit the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute – Region page.
For an appointment call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).
If you are a community provider and wish to make a referral to the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we will work closely with you to ensure both you and your patients have a personalized experience. To refer a patient, you can call 800-982-6277 or call our clinics directly.