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Dr Steven C Hao MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
101 Rowland Way; Suite 220
Novato, CA

Dr. Steven Hao, who practices in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Napa, CA, is a medical specialist in interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Seton Hospital, and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Hao completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hao accepts. Dr. Hao has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

Dr Robert T Sperling MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 4.44 stars out of 5 (18 ratings)
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA

Dr. Robert Sperling's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is rated highly by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH) and Novato Community Hospital. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sperling takes. He has an open panel. Dr. Sperling attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. Dr. Sperling has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr Brian L Strunk MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA

Dr. Brian Strunk's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Strunk attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Strunk has received professional recognition including the following: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and Brown & Toland Physicians. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr Joel Sklar MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA

Dr. Joel Sklar is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. Dr. Sklar accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Sklar is open to new patients.

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Arun Raghupathy MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA

Dr. Arun Raghupathy specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. In Dr. Raghupathy's practice, he is particularly interested in cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH), Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Raghupathy is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for his residency. Dr. Raghupathy has received professional recognition including the following: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.

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Clinical interests: Cardiac Catheterization

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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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