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 areas of specialization are interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is especially interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hao obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 welcomes 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. Dr. Strunk attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Strunk include: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Strunk's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. His practice is open to 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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Sklar trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Sklar speaks French. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sperling accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Sperling is affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Sperling's practice 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, who practices in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Raghupathy's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical interests encompass cardiac catheterization. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raghupathy accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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