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Dr. Peter Y.M. Hui, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2100 Webster Street; Suite 516
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Peter Hui sees patients in San Francisco, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hui include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Hui's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Hui trained at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Drug Eluting Stents, Angiogram, Stents, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 32
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,145
  • Medicare Cost: $600
Dr. Bruce N Brent, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2100 Webster Street; Suite 516
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Brent practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Brent include cardiac catheterization. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Brent attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Brent completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 36
  • Uninsured Cost: $2,140
  • Medicare Cost: $577
Dr. Vipul Gupta, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Vipul Gupta practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in San Francisco, CA, Brentwood, CA, and Antioch, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include heart problems. Dr. Gupta's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gupta's office for an appointment. He attended Topiwala National Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. In addition to English, Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

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What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a common, minimally invasive procedure performed to restore blood flow in arteries and veins that have become narrowed or blocked. Age or illness can cause plaque to build up at certain spots within the veins and arteries, and if enough collects, it can restrict the flow of blood. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon at the end of a small, flexible tube to inflate within the narrowed section and open it up again.

Angioplasty may be performed in several different areas of the body and for a variety of reasons, most often:
  • Peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow in the arms or legs
  • Atherosclerosis, or general hardening of the arteries
  • Carotid artery stenosis, or narrowing of the arteries in the neck that supply the brain
  • Coronary artery disease, or narrowing of the arteries near the heart
  • Renal vascular hypertension, or narrowing of the arteries in the kidney, leading to increased blood pressure

During angioplasty, a patient is given a sedative while lying on a table under an x-ray machine. A catheter (a thin, flexible, and hollow tube) is inserted into the patient’s skin in the arm or groin and guided into the blocked artery. Dye is injected via the catheter, and x-rays are used to position the tip of the catheter exactly at the blockage. The tiny balloon is guided through the catheter and inflated with saline. It pushes the plaque out of the way, squishing it against the walls of the artery. The balloon may be inflated and deflated several times to let blood pass by. A stent, a tiny tube of metal mesh like a spring, may be inserted to help keep the artery open. Then the x-ray is used again to check that blood is flowing properly, the catheter is removed, and the tiny incision is bandaged.

There are no nerves within veins and arteries, so an angioplasty is generally not painful. However, there may be some discomfort at the site of the incision and when the balloon is inflated. Overall, angioplasty is a very effective and low-risk procedure, useful for helping patients avoid more difficult bypass surgery.