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Dr. David Allan Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
3340 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. David Hotchkiss works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Hotchkiss's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Dr. Rias K.S. Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1641 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Rias Ali's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Holiday, FL and Port Charlotte, FL. He is especially interested in heart problems and general care. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali is a graduate of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following languages: Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, General Care, Pacemaker Implantation

Dr. Mario J Lopez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
3340 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Mario Lopez is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Lopez is affiliated with Bayfront Health. He graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mountainside Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Lopez an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lopez honors.

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Dr. Ricardo R Martinez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
25097 Olympia Avenue; Suite 102
Punta Gorda, FL
 

Dr. Ricardo Martinez sees patients in Punta Gorda, FL. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Martinez studied medicine at Howard University College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health.

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Dr. Terence P Connelly, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
3340 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL
 

Dr. Terence Connelly's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. Dr. Connelly is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

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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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