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Dr. Kevin Bernard Rapeport, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
8851 Center Drive, Grossmont Medical Clinic; Suite 401
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Rapeport is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Rapeport is especially interested in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for his residency. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rapeport is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Rapeport's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
8851 Center Drive; Suite 304
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Dimitri Sherev works as a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist. Dr. Sherev (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Bulgarian, and Russian. Dr. Sherev's areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, general care, and cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Sherev is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, General Care, Cardiac Catheterization

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 320
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Hassan Kafri specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Chula Vista, CA and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Kafri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and German. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kafri include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Kafri is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6402 El Cajon Boulevard; Suite 100
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Raghava Gollapudi works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in San Diego, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: general care and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Gollapudi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scripps Clinic. Dr. Gollapudi's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Green Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: General Care, Cardiac Catheterization

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6655 Alvarado Road
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Fernando Zamudio specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Zamudio is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Zamudio average 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zamudio takes. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
5565 Grossmont Center Drive; Building 3, Suite 455
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Goldberg is a physician who specializes in interventional cardiology. After attending the University of Arizona College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Goldberg takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.
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