We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept Aetna HMO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Sandor J Kovacs Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
660 S Euclid Avenue; Campus Box 8086
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sandor Kovacs, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Kovacs's clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension, Heart Failure, MRI, Echocardiogram, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. George M Kichura, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2120 Madison Avenue; Suite 101
Granite City, IL
 

Dr. George Kichura specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests encompass botox injection. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kichura is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Land of Lincoln, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Kichura's medical residency was performed at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). His professional affiliations include SSM Health DePaul Hospital, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital (St. Charles, MO), and Christian Hospital. Dr. Kichura has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Botox Injection

Dr. Joseph L Kenzora, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Kenzora practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests encompass cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Kenzora takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Clinical interests: Heart Transplant, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Gil M Vardi, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
2118 Washington
Granite City, IL
 

Dr. Gil Vardi is an interventional cardiology specialist. His professional affiliations include SSM Health DePaul Hospital, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital (Fenton, MO), and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital (St. Charles, MO). Dr. Vardi takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Maimonides Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Vardi (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and French.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Pacemaker

Dr. Shabana Shahanavaz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Shabana Shahanavaz practices pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Shahanavaz attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school. Dr. Shahanavaz (or staff) is conversant in Malay, Kannada, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Valvuloplasty

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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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