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

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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 is a specialist in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. In Dr. Smith's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Smith welcomes 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, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Winkle accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Winkle is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Kong include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Kong takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kong's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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. Robert Mead, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and Monterey, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of expertise for Dr. Mead include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Engel attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Engel's areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. The average patient rating for Dr. Engel is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Engel's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Redwood City, CA, East Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His areas of expertise consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salcedo accepts. Dr. Salcedo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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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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