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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1717 Oak Park Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Lake Charles, LA
 

Dr. Fernando Ruiz is a specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He works in Lake Charles, LA and Lafayette, LA. Dr. Ruiz takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Luis Razetti School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
600 Dr Michael Debakey Drive
Lake Charles, LA
 

Dr. Thomas Mulhearn's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Hospital Medicine
501 Michael Debakey Drive
Lake Charles, LA
 

Dr. Jake Lebeau is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1717 Oak Park Boulevard; Second Floor
Lake Charles, LA
 

Dr. Christopher Thompson is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Thompson studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1717 Oak Park Boulevard; Second Floor
Lake Charles, LA
 

Dr. Jean White specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. White takes. Dr. White is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.

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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.