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 an interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hao graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Sign Language. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and CPMC - St. Luke's Campus. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

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

Dr. Brian Strunk's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Strunk is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Strunk accepts. His distinctions include: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Strunk 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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. Dr. Sklar is an in-network provider for 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Sklar's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes 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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Sperling is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sperling is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sperling accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Sperling completed his residency training 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.

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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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. In his practice, Dr. Raghupathy focuses on cardiac catheterization. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Raghupathy has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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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