We found 6 providers with an interest in cardiac resynchronization therapy and who accept Aetna Choice POS near East Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Smith is especially interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Loop Recorder, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In Dr. Kong's practice, she is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kong honors. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Roger Allan Winkle, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Roger Winkle is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Winkle include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Winkle a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Gregory Engel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Engel's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Engel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Engel's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Jonathan David Salcedo, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
East Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Salcedo is a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. His clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Salcedo attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salcedo takes. Dr. Salcedo's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Robert Hardwin Mead, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. R. Mead is a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In Dr. Mead's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mead is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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What is Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)?

A cardiac resynchronization therapy device, also known as a CRT or biventricular pacemaker, is a kind of pacemaker that can help the heart work more effectively. In certain kinds of heart failure, the ventricles, or larger chambers in the heart, stop working together. When they are no longer in synch, the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. CRT can help keep the heartbeat regular and the ventricles contracting at the same time.

Just as with a standard pacemaker, a biventricular pacemaker consists of a small battery pack and electrical leads, or small wires that conduct electricity to the heart. CRT pacemakers have two or three leads, placed in the upper and lower chambers of the heart. The device measures the contractions of the heart, and if the heart begins to beat out of time it will send small, rhythmic pulses of electricity to resynchronize (hence the name “cardiac resynchronization therapy) the contractions. This allows the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body more efficiently. Sometimes a CRT is combined with a different kind of device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD, which uses a higher burst of energy to restart the heart if it stops suddenly.

When a biventricular pacemaker is inserted, the wire leads are usually placed via a small incision near the shoulder, then threaded through a vein to the heart. The battery pack is placed under the skin of the chest near the collarbone. Once everything is in place, the leads are connected to the battery, and the CRT can begin helping the heart beat correctly.

It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort as the incisions from surgery heal. It takes time for the heart to adjust to the pacemaker, so vigorous activity should be kept to a minimum for the first few weeks. Strong magnetic fields may affect how the CRT functions, so you may be advised to avoid them. As your heart begins to pump blood more effectively, you should soon begin to feel stronger and less fatigued.

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