We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Minneapolis, MN.

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Dr. Charles Michael Baker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2530 Chicago Ave. So.; #500
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Charles Baker is a pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Baker trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Super Doctors; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Super Doctors; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Baker's professional affiliations include Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street Building, and Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Marit Elise Thorsgard Spaeth, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2831 N Snelling Avenue
Roseville, MN
 

Dr. Marit Thorsgard specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her professional affiliations include HealthPartners North Suburban Family Physicians - Roseville, Regions Hospital, and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics. Dr. Thorsgard honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, she completed her residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition.

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Dr. Updesh Singh Bedi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2220 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Updesh Bedi works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Saint Paul, MN, Minneapolis, MN, and North Maple Grove, MN. His professional affiliations include Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Riverside Clinic. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry HSA, and Humana HMO. Dr. Bedi studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. He completed his residency training at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Bedi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hindi and Punjabi.

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Dr. Johannes Brechtken, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
640 Jackson Street; Ms 11102m
St. Paul, MN
 

Dr. Johannes Brechtken works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Brechtken accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic. He speaks German. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital.

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Dr. Marko Vezmar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2530 Chicago Avenue S; Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN
 

Dr. Marko Vezmar's specialties are pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Duluth, MN, Minneapolis, MN, and Saint Louis Park, MN. Before performing his residency at The Hospital for Sick Children and Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Vezmar attended St. George's University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Vezmar speaks the following foreign languages: Croatian, Serbian, and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Vezmar's professional affiliations include Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street Building, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street Building, and Regions Hospital.

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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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