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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's medical specialty is interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is especially interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Hao completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Hao has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Hao is accepting 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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Strunk performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He has received professional recognition including the following: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Strunk's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. 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 sees patients in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Sklar has received include Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Sklar is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Robert Sperling practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Sperling attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Sperling is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Sperling speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Sperling is open to 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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. Dr. Raghupathy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Raghupathy has an open panel.

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

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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.