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

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 Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Vardi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French. Dr. Vardi's professional affiliations include Christian Hospital, Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, and St. Luke's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Saint Louis, MO. He has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kenzora honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kenzora trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

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

Dr. George Kichura specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kichura takes Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine 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 received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Kichura is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list. Dr. Kichura's hospital/clinic affiliations include Christian Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and St. Luke's Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. He is especially interested in cardiac catheterization. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kovacs attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kovacs's 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 is a medical specialist in pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Shahanavaz attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) speaks the following 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.