We found 4 interventional cardiologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Abilene, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6200 Regional Plaza; Suite 1250
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Robert Leverton is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Abilene, TX. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Leverton trained at Brooke Army Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Leverton average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leverton has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1201 N 18th Street
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Joji Varghese specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Varghese takes.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1201 N 18th Street
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Harvinder Arora is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Arora accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1201 N 18th Street
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Alexander Armour is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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