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We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Altoona, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1414 9th Avenue; Station Medical Center
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. George Jabbour is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jabbour is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jabbour accepts. Dr. Jabbour studied medicine at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. His training includes a residency program at Staten Island University Hospital.

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Dr. Ziad Khoury, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Ziad Khoury's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Khoury is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Khoury attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Khoury is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Saurin Ramabhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Saurin Patel specializes in interventional cardiology and practices in Everett, PA and Altoona, PA. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College and a graduate of Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Roy Elie Abrahamian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1915 Valley View Boulevard; 1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Roy Abrahamian is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Altoona, PA and Everett, PA. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. After attending American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Abrahamian completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Abrahamian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
1321 11th Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Amit Nanavati's specialty is interventional cardiology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nanavati trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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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.