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We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept Aetna HMO near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Joseph Lewis Kenzora, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Kenzora is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. He is especially interested in cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kenzora honors. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Gil Moshe Vardi, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
2118 Washington
Granite City, IL
 

Dr. Gil Vardi is a physician who specializes in interventional cardiology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Vardi graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Vardi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Gateway Regional Medical Center. Dr. Vardi welcomes new patients.

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Dr. George M Kichura, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2120 Madison Avenue; Suite 101
Granite City, IL
 

Dr. George Kichura's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kichura is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Kichura has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Kichura is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list. He is professionally affiliated with Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sandor J Kovacs Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
660 S Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8086
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sandor Kovacs is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Kovacs's clinical interests encompass cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kovacs is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension, Heart Failure, MRI, Echocardiogram, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Shabana Shahanavaz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Shabana Shahanavaz practices pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) speaks Malay, Kannada, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Valvuloplasty

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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.