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 cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in botox injection. Dr. Kichura's hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kichura is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Kichura attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Kichura is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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Clinical interests: Botox Injection, Laser Treatment

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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vardi honors. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Maimonides Medical Center's residency program. 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. Joseph Lewis Kenzora, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Kenzora, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is especially interested in cardiac catheterization. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kenzora graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Kenzora is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Heart Transplant, Cardiac Catheterization

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' areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kovacs's residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cardiac catheterization. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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's medical specialty is pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shahanavaz takes. Dr. Shahanavaz graduated from Kasturba Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) speaks the following languages: Malay, Kannada, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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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