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

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kenzora's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Clinical interests: Heart Transplant, Cardiac Catheterization

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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). His areas of expertise include botox injection. Dr. Kichura has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kichura accepts. Dr. Kichura has received the distinction of Dr. Kichura is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list. He is affiliated with Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kovacs include cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Kovacs attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Gil Vardi works as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Vardi (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French. Dr. Vardi's professional affiliations include Christian Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and Gateway Regional Medical Center. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Maimonides Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vardi takes. Dr. Vardi is open to new patients.

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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. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shahanavaz is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Shahanavaz trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Malay, Kannada, and Hindi. She is 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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