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We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Novato, CA.

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Dr. Steven Chris Hao, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
101 Rowland Way; Suite 220
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Steven Hao is a specialist in interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Hao's areas of expertise consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Hao is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

Dr. Brian Lippman Strunk, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Brian Strunk is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Strunk is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strunk is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Joel Sklar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Joel Sklar specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Sklar attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sklar takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sklar include: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He speaks French. Dr. Sklar is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Arun K Raghupathy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Arun Raghupathy specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Raghupathy has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. His professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Raghupathy's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Coronary Angiogram, Atrial Septal Defect, Cardiac CT, Device Implantation, Coronary Angioplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert T Sperling, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sperling's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sperling is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Sperling has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sperling's professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.