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Eric Andre Gauthier, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
 

Dr. Eric Gauthier's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gauthier include heart problems, peripheral vascular interventions, and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Gauthier is affiliated with The University of Vermont Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Gauthier's training includes a residency program at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. He accepts POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Heart Problems, Peripheral Vascular Interventions, Cardiac Catheterization

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: 0.9 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 599 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: 0.9 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 490 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Christopher N Irobunda, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Irobunda practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Irobunda is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and coronary artery disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and ColumbiaDoctors. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Irobunda's training includes a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Irobunda is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Heart Problems, Consultation, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, Cardiac ... (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.
    98.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.5 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 122 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%
    (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 120 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. James E Lock, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
160 East 32nd Street; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. James Lock is a medical specialist in pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Lock is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lock has received the following distinctions: Established Investigator, Aha Nadas Professor, Harvard and National Merit Scholar. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Manish Ashwin Parikh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
51 West 51st Street; Suite 330
New York, NY
 

Dr. Manish Parikh is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Patients gave Dr. Parikh an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), angina, and cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parikh honors. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Parikh attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Parikh (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Heart Problems, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Angina, Cardiac Catheterization

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.
    99.9%
    (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 985 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.
    99.9%
    (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 958 patients (2009-2011)
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Philip Green, MD, FACC
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
161 Fort Washington Avenue Hip 6-610; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Philip Green's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Eastchester, NY, Pleasantville, NY, and New York, NY. In Dr. Green's practice, he is particularly interested in cardiac catheterization. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and ColumbiaDoctors. He honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Green graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Green completed a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Green include: Honors and Awards; American College of Cardiology Foundation, Merck Fellowship Award; and Residency Mentorship Award. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Endovascular Disease, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Dennis Arthur Goodman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
530 1st Avenue; Hcc, Suite 4f
New York, NY
 

Dr. Dennis Goodman's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goodman include stent placement (stenting), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and exercise stress test. He takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Goodman speaks Hebrew. He is affiliated with Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men's Health.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Hypertension, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Exercise Stress Test, Obesity, Arrhythmias, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
339 Hicks Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Niki Kantrowitz works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Her clinical interests include heart problems, electrocardiogram (EKG), and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Kantrowitz accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Kantrowitz has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kantrowitz (or staff) speaks Spanish, Polish, and Italian. She is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Electrocardiogram, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

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.
    98.8%
    (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 277 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.
    99.3%
    (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 202 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Judah Z Weinberger, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
903 Park Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Judah Weinberger's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in New York, NY. Dr. Weinberger attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: stent placement (stenting), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and heart failure. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weinberger is in-network for Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Weinberger (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Yiddish. Dr. Weinberger is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone.

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Clinical Interests: Hypertension, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Consultation, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Heart ... (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: 0.3 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 24 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: 0.6 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 24 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Timothy Gihan Jayasundera, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
550 1st Avenue; 14th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Timothy Jayasundera sees patients in New York, NY, Queens, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After completing medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Jayasundera performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and angina. The average patient rating for Dr. Jayasundera is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jayasundera takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE. Dr. Jayasundera (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA), heart stent placement, cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Aortic Stenosis, Cardiac Stress Testing, Hypertension, Heart Stent Placement, High Cholesterol, ... (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: 0.3 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 308 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: 0.4 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 308 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiology
920 Broadway; Suite 600
New York, NY
 

Dr. Klaus Rentrop's specialties are nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Rentrop is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. He graduated from Heidelberg University. He completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic and Detroit Receiving Hospital. Dr. Rentrop has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Rentrop (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and German. His professional affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 21
  • Charge (avg.): $2,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $346

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
370 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Vinod Patel specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Brooklyn, NY. These areas are among his clinical interests: mitral valve prolapse, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and exercise physiology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. Before performing his residency at Resurrection Health Care, Dr. Patel attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Patel is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Electrodiagnostic Testing, Atrial Fibrillation, Exercise Physiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Martin Bert Leon, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
130 E 77th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Martin Leon's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leon is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. Dr. Leon has received the distinction of One of America's Top Doctors. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and ColumbiaDoctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Heart Valve Disease, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
275 Seventh Avenue; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. John Coppola's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coppola include exercise stress test, chest pain, and heart attack. Dr. Coppola is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and NYU Langone. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE. He graduated from New York Medical College. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Coppola (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Exercise Stress Test, Chest Pain, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac ... (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.
    98.8%
    (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 130 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: 0.8 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 120 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Stylianos Panagiotis Papadakos, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
550 1st Avenue; 14th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stylianos Papadakos is an interventional cardiologist in Flushing, NY, Astoria, NY, and Bayside, NY. These areas are among his clinical interests: rheumatic heart disease, atherosclerosis, and carotid artery disease. He honors Coresource, Vytra, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Papadakos is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. In addition to English, Dr. Papadakos (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Greek. Dr. Papadakos's professional affiliations include NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, and St. Francis Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Atherosclerosis, Heart Failure, ... (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.
    98.8%
    (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 757 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.
    99.2%
    (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 710 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
156 William Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sudhesh Srivastava is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems, carotid artery stenting, and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Srivastava is affiliated with NYU Lutheran Associates. Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Srivastava accepts. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac catheterization

All Interests: Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Endovascular Procedures, Endovascular Surgery, Carotid Artery ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Wissam Hoyek's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoyek's professional affiliations include NYU Lutheran Associates and Staten Island University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Hoyek is a graduate of Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Hoyek completed a residency program at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Hoyek (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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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%
    (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 579 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: 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 514 patients (2009-2011)
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What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure done to check on the health of the heart. A tiny, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel through a very small opening, usually in the groin, and threaded through the blood vessel up to the heart. Once the catheter is in place, it can diagnose problems in the heart and perform certain corrective procedures.

A coronary catheter can be used to:
  • Take blood samples
  • Inject dye for an angiogram
  • Check for valve defects
  • Measure oxygen and pressure levels within the heart chambers
  • Take a biopsy
  • Perform a percutaneous coronary intervention, or procedure to clear blocked arteries
  • Widen narrowed valve openings

Because all of this can be accomplished without the need for open surgery, cardiac catheterization has become a popular option.
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