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 a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lai include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lai graduated from National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lai speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Stress Echo, Heart Problems, Stress Testing, Stroke, Atherectomy, Coronary Angiogram, Cardiac ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Amar Pohwani works as a cardiologist and nuclear medicine specialist in Modesto, CA. Dr. Pohwani's clinical interests include heart problems. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. His training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. Dr. Pohwani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include heart problems. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Tsai has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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

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

Dr. Walter Chien specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in Modesto, CA. In his practice, Dr. Chien focuses on heart problems. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. Dr. Chien has an open panel.

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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.

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