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Dr. Steven B Laster, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 240
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Steven Laster's area of specialization is interventional cardiology. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Clinical interests for Dr. Laster include peripheral artery disease (PAD), medical education, and peripheral vascular interventions. Dr. Laster is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Laster has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Peripheral Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Interventions, Medical Education, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. David Mitchim Safley, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 240
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. David Safley is an interventional cardiology specialist in Lees Summit, MO and Kansas City, MO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Safley attended Tulane University School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass peripheral artery disease (PAD), peripheral vascular interventions, and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Safley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Safley is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Peripheral Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Interventions, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Adnan K Chhatriwalla, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 240
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Adnan Chhatriwalla practices interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for his residency. In his practice, Dr. Chhatriwalla focuses on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and coronary artery disease. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. His professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Matthew Clare Bunte, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
20 Ne Saint Lukes Boulevard; Suite 240
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Matthew Bunte practices interventional cardiology in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. His areas of expertise include the following: peripheral vascular disease and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Bunte's hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bunte accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac Catheterization

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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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