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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 in Modesto, CA. In his practice, Dr. Lai focuses on heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Lai is a graduate of National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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

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. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Pohwani has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pohwani (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Sindhi, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). Dr. Pohwani is accepting 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, who practices in Modesto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He has a special interest in heart problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Tsai obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). His practice is open to new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He is especially interested in heart problems. Dr. Chien is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. Dr. Chien is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Central Valley Medical Group. He 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.