We found 3 interventional cardiologists who accept Gold Navigate Plus 1000 near Washington, PA.

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Dr. Christopher Carl Allen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA
 

Dr. Christopher Allen is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Allen average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Allen attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Princess Margaret Hospital and Howard University Hospital for residency. Dr. Allen's hospital/clinic affiliations include UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian.

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Dr. John F Pensock, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA
 

Dr. John Pensock is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Washington, PA, Uniontown, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA. He is professionally affiliated with UPMC Shadyside. He attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. Patients rated Dr. Pensock highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate.

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Dr. Bryan C Donohue, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA
 

Dr. Bryan Donohue is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Donohue is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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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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