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Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith is an adult cardiologist, cardiac electrophysiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. In Dr. Smith's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Roger Allan Winkle, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Roger Winkle's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Winkle trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Winkle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Kong is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and a graduate of Duke University Medical Center's residency program. Her areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Robert Hardwin Mead, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Mead's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm); he sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and Monterey, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mead include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mead takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Mead's training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Gregory Engel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Engel is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in East Palo Alto, CA, San Jose, CA, and Redwood City, CA. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Engel focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Engel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Engel attended Stanford University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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Dr. Jonathan David Salcedo, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
East Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Salcedo sees patients in Redwood City, CA, East Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In Dr. Salcedo's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salcedo honors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

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What is Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)?

A cardiac resynchronization therapy device, also known as a CRT or biventricular pacemaker, is a kind of pacemaker that can help the heart work more effectively. In certain kinds of heart failure, the ventricles, or larger chambers in the heart, stop working together. When they are no longer in synch, the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. CRT can help keep the heartbeat regular and the ventricles contracting at the same time.

Just as with a standard pacemaker, a biventricular pacemaker consists of a small battery pack and electrical leads, or small wires that conduct electricity to the heart. CRT pacemakers have two or three leads, placed in the upper and lower chambers of the heart. The device measures the contractions of the heart, and if the heart begins to beat out of time it will send small, rhythmic pulses of electricity to resynchronize (hence the name “cardiac resynchronization therapy) the contractions. This allows the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body more efficiently. Sometimes a CRT is combined with a different kind of device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD, which uses a higher burst of energy to restart the heart if it stops suddenly.

When a biventricular pacemaker is inserted, the wire leads are usually placed via a small incision near the shoulder, then threaded through a vein to the heart. The battery pack is placed under the skin of the chest near the collarbone. Once everything is in place, the leads are connected to the battery, and the CRT can begin helping the heart beat correctly.

It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort as the incisions from surgery heal. It takes time for the heart to adjust to the pacemaker, so vigorous activity should be kept to a minimum for the first few weeks. Strong magnetic fields may affect how the CRT functions, so you may be advised to avoid them. As your heart begins to pump blood more effectively, you should soon begin to feel stronger and less fatigued.

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