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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 sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and Napa, CA. His medical specialties are interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His areas of expertise consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Hao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hao's residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Hao is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study

Dr. Robert T Sperling, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Robert Sperling practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Sperling average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sperling honors. Dr. Sperling has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Marin General Hospital (MGH) and Novato Community Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Brian L Strunk, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Brian Strunk works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and Brown & Toland Physicians. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. On average, patients gave Dr. Strunk a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His distinctions include: 'Best cardiologists' in San Francisco magazine; Best Doctors in America; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Strunk is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Joel Sklar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Joel Sklar, who practices in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Sklar attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sklar accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sklar include: Best Doctors in America, multiple years and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Sklar is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital (MGH), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Arun K Raghupathy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
75 Rowland Way; Suite 140
Novato, CA
 

Dr. Arun Raghupathy sees patients in Larkspur, CA and Novato, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Western Health Advantage, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Raghupathy's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Raghupathy has received the following distinction: [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. His professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital (MGH), Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus, and Novato Community Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Coronary Angiogram, Atrial Septal Defect, Stress Echo, Cardiac CT, Device Implantation, Peripheral ... (Read 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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