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We found 4 providers matching cardiac resynchronization therapy and who accept PacifiCare Signature Value HMO near Modesto, CA.

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Dr. Peter Yuek Too Lai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Peter Lai is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Lai accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Lai attended National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lai's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Amar L Pohwani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Amar Pohwani is an adult cardiology and nuclear medicine specialist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pohwani include heart problems. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. His residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pohwani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pohwani's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles C Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1409 E Briggsmore Avenue
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Charles Tsai practices adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include heart problems. Dr. Tsai is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Cardiac ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2013 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA
 

Dr. Walter Chien works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Chien focuses on heart problems. Dr. Chien takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. Dr. Chien is accepting new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Pacemaker, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological Study

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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.