We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept United Healthcare EPO near Kyle, TX.

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Dr. Michael G Watkins, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1180 Seton Parkway; Suite 450
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Michael Watkins' specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include second opinions, preventive cardiology, and cardiac rehabilitation treatment. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Watkins is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Watkins's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Medical Center Williamson. Dr. Watkins is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Second Opinions, Consultation, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, Stress Testing, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Vamsi S Krishna, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
1180 Seton Parkway; Suite 450
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Vamsi Krishna is a specialist in interventional cardiology. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Krishna include echocardiogram (echo) and endomyocardial biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krishna honors. Dr. Krishna is affiliated with Seton Smithville Regional Hospital, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Mitral Valvuloplasty, Aortic Valvuloplasty, Heart Stent Placement, Stent, Echocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sachin Mehta, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1180 Seton Parkway; Suite 450
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Sachin Mehta's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Austin, TX, Kyle, TX, and Luling, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mehta attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mehta include peripheral (arm or leg) angiogram and stent. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehta is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Southwest Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Peripheral Angiogram, Hypertension, Stress Testing, Stent, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Francisco Javier Otero, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
135 Bunton Creek Road; Suite 102
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Francisco Otero works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. He studied medicine at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. Dr. Otero is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Otero is professionally affiliated with the University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Northwest Hospital.

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Dr. Steve Lewitton, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
135 Bunton Creek Road; Suite 300
Kyle, TX
 

Dr. Steve Lewitton is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His professional affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Southwest Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lewitton studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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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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