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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Abilene, TX. Patients rated Dr. Leverton highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Leverton has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Joji Varghese's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Varghese is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha.

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

Dr. Harvinder Arora works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Abilene, TX and Galveston, TX. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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

Dr. Alexander Armour is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Armour attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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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