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Dr. Jose Manuel Wiley, MPH, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
143-05 Hillside Avenue
Jamaica, NY
 

Dr. Jose Wiley is an interventional cardiologist in Bronx, NY, Jackson Heights, NY, and New York, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiley include coronary angioplasty (PTCA), coronary artery disease, and heart stent placement. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Wiley's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Stent Placement, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac Catheterization, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Timothy Gihan Jayasundera, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
117-14 Rockaway Boulevard
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Timothy Jayasundera is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and angina. Dr. Jayasundera is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jayasundera attended Ross University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Dr. Jayasundera (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical 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 Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1110 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 14
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Puma is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Puma (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Puma's education and training includes medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Long Island College Hospital. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Puma honors. He has received the following distinctions: Ernst Weber Scholastic Award, Polytechnic Institute of New York; Intern of the year, Long Island College Hospital (Department of Medicine); and John Edson Award for Outstanding Resident, Long Island College Hospital (Department of Medicine).

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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.
    98.7%
    (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 275 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: 0.6 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 253 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
88 Siegel Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Alvaro Dominguez-Echevarria is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dominguez-Echevarria include heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Dominguez-Echevarria honors Amerigroup, Family Health Plus, and Elderplan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of the Republic Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Dominguez-Echevarria completed his residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Dominguez-Echevarria (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. He is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

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Clinical interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Catheterization, Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease

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: 0.5 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 435 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 431 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Rakesh P Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
90-33 Springfield Boulevard
Queen Village, NY
 

Dr. Rakesh Gupta specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Filipino, and Japanese. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. After attending the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school, Dr. Gupta completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Gupta has an open panel.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Associates; 56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Stylianos Papadakos' specialty is interventional cardiology. Dr. Papadakos (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Greek. His areas of expertise include rheumatic heart disease, atherosclerosis, and carotid artery disease. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, and St. Francis Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Papadakos performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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Clinical 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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Dr. Eric Andre Gauthier, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
 

Dr. Eric Gauthier practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gauthier's clinical interests encompass heart problems, peripheral vascular interventions, and cardiac catheterization. He takes POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Clinical 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. Antonio Pablo Madrid, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
163-03 Horace Harding Expressway; Suite 100
Fresh Meadows, NY
 

Dr. Antonio Madrid practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Madrid average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Madrid accepts Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Elderplan, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Madrid (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and German. He is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital.

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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.
    99.3%
    (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 270 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: 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 230 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
107-06 Liberty Avenue
Ozone Park, NY
 

Dr. Sidharth Yadav is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Hempstead, NY and Ozone Park, NY. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Yadav is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Dr. Joseph Lillo Musso, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
94 07; 156 Avenue
Howard Beach, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Musso is a Howard Beach, NY physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Musso studied medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed his residency training at Winthrop University Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Musso average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, MagnaCare, Child Health Plus, and more. Dr. Musso (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with St. Francis Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, and North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He 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.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.2 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 15 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: 0.3 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 15 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Amgad Emeal Botros, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6685 Forest Avenue
Ridgewood, NY
 

Dr. Amgad Botros' areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. He graduated from Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Dr. Botros honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Fidelis, and more. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Anvar Abdunaimovich Babaev, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
97-85 Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Anvar Babaev is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in New York, NY, Rego Park, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Babaev attended medical school at Tajik State Medical University. His clinical interests include stent placement (stenting), renal artery stenosis, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Babaev has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Babaev (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Stenosis, Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Heart Valve Problems, Stent Placement, ... (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.
    99.6%
    (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 562 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: 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 543 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Gregory M Gustafson, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Gregory Gustafson is a specialist in interventional cardiology. Dr. Gustafson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Mandarin, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and St. Francis Hospital. Dr. Gustafson obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He takes Amerigroup, Elderplan, Healthfirst, and more.

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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.
    98.8%
    (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 466 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: 1.1 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 425 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
107-06 Liberty Avenue
Ozone Park, NY
 

Dr. Ankur Shah works as a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include diabetes, heart failure, and exercise stress test. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Vytra, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then he performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
134-20 Jamaica Avenue; First Floor
Jamaica, NY
 

Dr. Suresh Jain works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Jamaica, NY and New York, NY. Dr. Jain is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Amritsar and Government Medical College, Nagpur and a graduate of Ochsner Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Jain (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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: 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 518 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: 1.1 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 385 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Sameet Arun Palkhiwala, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
42-07 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Sameet Palkhiwala is a specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He works in Astoria, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Palkhiwala include renal artery stenosis, coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Palkhiwala is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Fidelis, and Family Health Plus, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Palkhiwala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Italian, and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Doppler Ultrasound, Electrocardiogram, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiac Stress Testing, ... (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: 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 722 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: 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 721 patients (2009-2011)
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What is Interventional Cardiology?

Interventional cardiology is the treatment of heart disease without surgery, through the use of catheters. Primarily this is via a procedure called cardiac catheterization, where a long, thin, flexible tube, called a catheter, is threaded through a vein or artery up towards the heart. The catheter can be used to inject dye for x-rays, open narrowed artery walls, widen heart valves, place stents, or perform other tests and procedures.

Cardiology is a large specialty, and covers many diseases and disorders of the heart as well as several different kinds of treatments. What makes interventional cardiologists special is their ability to use minimally invasive procedures to treat heart disease. Interventional cardiologists may treat coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease, where blood vessels become narrowed or blocked. They also may repair or replace damaged heart valves.

During a cardiac catheterization, the interventional cardiologist inserts the catheter into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin or arm. It is then threaded to the blocked artery or into the heart, where tiny tools can be passed through the tube. These tools are used to perform percutaneous coronary interventions, or procedures done to the heart and arteries via catheter. Procedures may include:
  • Angioplasty, or opening of blocked arteries, often via the inflation of a balloon
  • Atherectomy, the physical cutting away of plaque buildup
  • Stenting, the placement of metal springs to hold artery walls open
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Closure of holes in the heart

That these procedures can be performed without the pain and recovery time of traditional surgery is truly amazing.
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