We found 29 providers matching angioplasty and who accept MagnaCare near East Setauket, NY.

Dr. Neal B Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
43 Research Way; Suite 108
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Neal Patel's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include stress echo, heart problems, and atherosclerosis. He honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Patel attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Patel is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Francis Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

All Interests: Stress Echo, Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, Coronary Angioplasty, Atherosclerosis Prevention, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 25
  • Charge (avg.): $1,595
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $599
Dr. John P Dervan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. John Dervan's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in East Setauket, NY. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Faulkner Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: coronary angiogram, renal vascular disease, and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). Patient reviews placed Dr. Dervan at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dervan honors. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dr. Dervan graduated cum laude from Boston College; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease; and Diplomate, Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Dervan is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Renal Vascular Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.5%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 304 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.7%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.1 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 293 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. George John Koullias, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Stonybrook University; Department of Vascular Surgery, E Loop Road
Stonybrook, NY
 

Dr. George Koullias, who practices in Hampton Bays, NY, East Setauket, NY, and Stony Brook, NY, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koullias include thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and carotid artery surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koullias honors. After attending Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School, Dr. Koullias completed his residency training at Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, PinnacleHealth, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Koullias (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anil John Mani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
T-16-080 Suny Health Sciences Center; Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Anil Mani is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Stony Brook, NY and Hauppauge, NY. After completing medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore, he performed his residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. His clinical interests include renal vascular disease, heart failure, and heart valve disease. Dr. Mani is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mani (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Renal Vascular Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Problems, Coronary ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.1%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.5 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 590 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.5%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 368 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Jonathan Brett Weinstein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
45 Research Way; Suite 008 & 108
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Jonathan Weinstein is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in East Setauket, NY. After completing medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinstein include heart valve disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). He accepts HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Francis Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

All Interests: Heart Valve Disease, Tests, Hypertension, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, Atherosclerosis ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.3%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.9 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 791 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.3 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 714 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Ezra Deutsch, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
260 Middle Country Road; Suite 214
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ezra Deutsch specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Smithtown, NY and Bay Shore, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Deutsch is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deutsch's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Francis Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Deutsch is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Deutsch performed Dr. Deutsch's residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Deutsch is conversant in Spanish.

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Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.2%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 711 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 635 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
5225 Route 347; Suite #23
Port Jefferson Sta, NY
 

Dr. Michael Rosenband works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Rosenband's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), coronary angiogram, and heart valve disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Healthfirst, and more. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Rosenband attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Rosenband (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Rosenband is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Francis Hospital, and Sinai Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Syncope, Research, Heart Valve Disease, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    97.9%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 362 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.6%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.0 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 330 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Shang Arvin Loh, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Shang Loh, who practices in Centereach, NY and East Setauket, NY, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Loh attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Loh include thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Loh honors several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Bypass Surgery, Vascular Malformations, Vascular Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Jeremias, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Stony Brook Technology Park; 26 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Allen Jeremias is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: renal vascular disease, heart failure, and heart valve disease. Dr. Jeremias accepts Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Jeremias completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Jeremias (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Renal Vascular Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Problems, Coronary ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.2%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.5 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 571 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.6%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.4 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 341 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Antonios Gasparis, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Antonios Gasparis is a vascular surgeon in East Setauket, NY, Huntington, NY, and New York, NY. Dr. Gasparis's clinical interests include renal artery stenosis, spider veins, and stroke. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gasparis takes. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Wounds, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Leg Problems, Renal ... (Read more)

Dr. William Eric Lawson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Level 5
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. William Lawson works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Islandia, NY and Stony Brook, NY. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lawson's areas of expertise include advanced heart failure, coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Lawson attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Lawson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

All Interests: Research, Hypertension, Advanced Heart Failure, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, High ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.1%
    (Worse than state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.9 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 546 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.6%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.4 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 329 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Daniel Ralph Montellese, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Daniel Montellese sees patients in East Setauket, NY. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Montellese include coronary angiogram, renal vascular disease, and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease; Diplomate, Interventional Cardiology; and Diplomate, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Renal Vascular Disease, Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.7 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 167 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.9 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 154 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
5225 Route 347; Suite 23
Port Jefferson Station, NY
 

Dr. Brian Geller is an adult cardiology specialist in Smithtown, NY and Port Jefferson Station, NY. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Geller include coronary angiogram, heart valve disease, and angina. Dr. Geller's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), Sinai Health System, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. He graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Geller average 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve Disease, Implantable ... (Read more)

Dr. Apostolos Konstantinos Tassiopoulos, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
University Hospital; L5
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos works as a vascular surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Tassiopoulos include thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and spider veins. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Tassiopoulos attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Bypass Surgery, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal ... (Read more)

Dr. Travis James Bench, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Hsc T16 080
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Travis Bench is a specialist in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: coronary angiogram, heart valve disease, and angina. He honors several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Dr. Bench is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and a graduate of New York-Presbyterian Hospital's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Valve Disease, Tests, Hypertension, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Stuart Landau, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. David Landau is a vascular surgery specialist in Centereach, NY and East Setauket, NY. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Landau attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. These areas are among his clinical interests: thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and stroke. Dr. Landau is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Viant, and more. Dr. Landau (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Bypass Surgery, Wounds, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

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What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a common, minimally invasive procedure performed to restore blood flow in arteries and veins that have become narrowed or blocked. Age or illness can cause plaque to build up at certain spots within the veins and arteries, and if enough collects, it can restrict the flow of blood. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon at the end of a small, flexible tube to inflate within the narrowed section and open it up again.

Angioplasty may be performed in several different areas of the body and for a variety of reasons, most often:
  • Peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow in the arms or legs
  • Atherosclerosis, or general hardening of the arteries
  • Carotid artery stenosis, or narrowing of the arteries in the neck that supply the brain
  • Coronary artery disease, or narrowing of the arteries near the heart
  • Renal vascular hypertension, or narrowing of the arteries in the kidney, leading to increased blood pressure

During angioplasty, a patient is given a sedative while lying on a table under an x-ray machine. A catheter (a thin, flexible, and hollow tube) is inserted into the patient’s skin in the arm or groin and guided into the blocked artery. Dye is injected via the catheter, and x-rays are used to position the tip of the catheter exactly at the blockage. The tiny balloon is guided through the catheter and inflated with saline. It pushes the plaque out of the way, squishing it against the walls of the artery. The balloon may be inflated and deflated several times to let blood pass by. A stent, a tiny tube of metal mesh like a spring, may be inserted to help keep the artery open. Then the x-ray is used again to check that blood is flowing properly, the catheter is removed, and the tiny incision is bandaged.

There are no nerves within veins and arteries, so an angioplasty is generally not painful. However, there may be some discomfort at the site of the incision and when the balloon is inflated. Overall, angioplasty is a very effective and low-risk procedure, useful for helping patients avoid more difficult bypass surgery.
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