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

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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 is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kichura trained at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He has a special interest in botox injection. The average patient rating for Dr. Kichura is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kichura takes Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Kichura is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list. Dr. Kichura is affiliated with SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles, and Christian Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Botox Injection, Laser Treatment

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 has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kovacs's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kovacs attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Gil Vardi's area of specialization is interventional cardiology. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vardi graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Vardi (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. His professional affiliations include SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton, MO, and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Joseph Kenzora's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. His clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kenzora takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Heart Transplant, Cardiac Catheterization

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

Dr. Shabana Shahanavaz's areas of specialization are pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shahanavaz graduated from Kasturba Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) speaks Malay, Kannada, and Hindi.

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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.
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