We found 6 providers with an interest in cardiac resynchronization therapy and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near East Palo Alto, CA.

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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 works as an adult cardiologist, cardiac electrophysiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Smith is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in heart problems and nuclear scan. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Winkle is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winkle accepts. He is open to new patients. Dr. Winkle is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Kong honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Kong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and Monterey, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mead accepts. Dr. Mead's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Mead attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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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 works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in East Palo Alto, CA, San Jose, CA, and Redwood City, CA. Dr. Engel's areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. The average patient rating for Dr. Engel is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engel honors. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Engel attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Engel is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). He welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in Redwood City, CA, East Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Salcedo focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Salcedo takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Salcedo welcomes new patients.

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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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