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 specializes in interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Napa, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hao attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hao trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. Dr. Hao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

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

Dr. Robert Sperling sees patients in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperling accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, Dr. Sperling speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Sperling has an open panel.

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

Dr. Brian Strunk is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Strunk's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He welcomes new patients. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Strunk completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.

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

Dr. Joel Sklar is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. He is conversant in French. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Sklar is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Sklar's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He welcomes 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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. In his practice, Dr. Raghupathy focuses on cardiac catheterization. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raghupathy honors. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Raghupathy trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. 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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