We found 28 providers matching angioplasty and who accept MagnaCare near East Setauket, NY.

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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Koullias (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Koullias include thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). He is affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, PinnacleHealth, and Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Koullias attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Koullias honors HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

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

Dr. Ezra Deutsch, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
260 Middle Country Road; Suite 214
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Ezra Deutsch is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Deutsch average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deutsch honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Deutsch is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Deutsch completed Dr. Deutsch's residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Deutsch speaks Spanish. Dr. Deutsch's professional affiliations include St. Francis Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Neal Patel's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Patel's clinical interests include stress echo, heart problems, and atherosclerosis. He is in-network for HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. He has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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
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Dr. John P Dervan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. John Dervan sees patients in East Setauket, NY. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Dervan's clinical interests include coronary angiogram, renal vascular disease, and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). His professional affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital. Before completing his residency at Faulkner Hospital, Dr. Dervan attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Dervan accepts Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. 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.

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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. Jonathan Brett Weinstein, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
45 Research Way; Suite 008 & 108
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Jonathan Weinstein specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include heart valve disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Dr. Weinstein honors HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at North Shore University Hospital. 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. 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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mani include renal vascular disease, heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Dr. Mani's training includes a residency program at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mani (or staff) speaks 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. Shang Arvin Loh, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
37 Research Way
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Shang Loh specializes in vascular surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Loh accepts Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Loh attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

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

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
5225 Route 347; Suite #23
Port Jefferson Sta, NY
 

Dr. Michael Rosenband is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Rosenband's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), coronary angiogram, and heart valve disease. His professional affiliations include St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Francis Hospital, and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Rosenband (or staff) speaks Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish.

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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. 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, spider veins, and stroke. Dr. Gasparis accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant. He is a graduate of 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)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
5225 Route 347; Suite 23
Port Jefferson Station, NY
 

Dr. Brian Geller's medical specialty is adult cardiology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, heart valve disease, and angina. Dr. Geller is professionally affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY), St. Catherine of Siena Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Geller is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and a graduate of Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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)

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

Dr. Luis Gruberg is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gruberg include renal artery stenosis, heart failure, and heart valve disease. He honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of San Simon Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Sheba Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), angioplasty

All Interests: Coronary Angiogram, Heart Valve Disease, Renal Artery Stenosis, 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: 1.6 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 619 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: 1.6 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 397 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. William Eric Lawson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Level 5
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. William Lawson specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Lawson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lawson include advanced heart failure, coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Lawson's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in East Setauket, NY. His clinical interests include coronary angiogram, renal vascular disease, and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). He accepts Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Montellese attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Montellese has received include 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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Dr. Apostolos Konstantinos Tassiopoulos, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
University Hospital; L5
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Apostolos Tassiopoulos is a medical specialist in vascular surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tassiopoulos include thoracic outlet syndrome, renal artery stenosis, and spider veins. Dr. Tassiopoulos attended medical school at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. Dr. Tassiopoulos's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 cardiologist in Stony Brook, NY and Southampton, NY. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, heart valve disease, and angina. Dr. Bench is an in-network provider for HealthSmart, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. He attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 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)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
48 Route 25a; Suite 103
Smithtown, NY
 

Dr. Rakesh Patel is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Patel has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart. He graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include North Shore University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center (West Islip, NY), and St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. Dr. Patel is accepting new patients.

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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.
    99.2%
    (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 498 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: 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 386 patients (2009-2011)
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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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