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Rias Ali MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1641 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL

Dr. Rias Ali is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Holiday, FL and Port Charlotte, FL. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam. Dr. Ali has a special interest in heart problems and internal medicine. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. He is a graduate of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). He completed his residency training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Ali is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Internal Medicine

Dr David Allen Hotchkiss MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 3.37 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
4161 Tamiami Trail; Suite 701
Port Charlotte, FL

Dr. David Hotchkiss practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Port Charlotte, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hotchkiss is affiliated with Bayfront Health. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hotchkiss obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Mario Lopez MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
Average rating 3.8 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
3340 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL

Dr. Mario Lopez is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mountainside Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Lopez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Lopez is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health.

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Ricardo R Martinez MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
Average rating 4.85 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
25097 Olympia Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL

Dr. Ricardo Martinez works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Martinez average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health.

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Terence P Connelly MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
25097 Olympia Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL

Dr. Terence Connelly's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Port Charlotte, FL and Punta Gorda, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Connelly obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health.

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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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