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We found 4 interventional cardiologists who accept Kaiser Permanente near Baldwin Park, CA.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Pauline Woo specializes in interventional cardiology. Dr. Woo honors Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance. She studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Sarah De Guzman's specialty is interventional cardiology. Dr. De Guzman graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Kaiser Permanente insurance.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Mark Speakman is an interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Speakman takes Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance. He attended medical school at the University of Leicester Medical School.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard
Baldwin Park, CA
 

Dr. Martha Mercado works as an interventional cardiologist in Baldwin Park, CA. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Mercado takes Medicare and Kaiser Permanente insurance.

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What is Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is the treatment of heart disease without surgery, through the use of catheters. Primarily this is via a procedure called cardiac catheterization, where a long, thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is threaded through a vein or artery up towards the heart. The catheter can be used to inject dye for x-rays, open narrowed artery walls, widen heart valves, place stents, or perform other tests and procedures.

Cardiology is a large specialty, and covers many diseases and disorders of the heart as well as several different kinds of treatments. What makes interventional cardiologists special is their ability to use minimally invasive procedures to treat heart disease. Interventional cardiologists may treat coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease, where blood vessels become narrowed or blocked. They also may repair or replace damaged heart valves.

During a cardiac catheterization, the interventional cardiologist inserts the catheter into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin or arm. It is then threaded to the blocked artery or into the heart, where tiny tools can be passed through the tube. These tools are used to perform percutaneous coronary interventions, or procedures done to the heart and arteries via catheter. Procedures may include:
  • Angioplasty, or opening of blocked arteries, often via the inflation of a balloon
  • Atherectomy, the physical cutting away of plaque buildup
  • Stenting, the placement of metal springs to hold artery walls open
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Closure of holes in the heart

That these procedures can be performed without the pain and recovery time of traditional surgery is truly amazing.