We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near La Mesa, CA.

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

Dr. Hassan Kafri's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kafri include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Kafri trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. Dr. Kafri (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and German. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

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 works as a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist in La Mesa, CA and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Rapeport's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Rapeport attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Rapeport has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital. 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 is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems, general care, and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Sherev is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sherev completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Sherev (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Bulgarian, and Russian.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, General Care, Cardiac Catheterization

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

Dr. Ronald Goldberg, who practices in La Mesa, CA, is a medical specialist in interventional cardiology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Goldberg attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center.

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

Dr. Fernando Zamudio is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in San Diego, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Zamudio is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zamudio accepts. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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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