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Dr. Christopher N Irobunda, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Christopher Irobunda works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in New York, NY. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Irobunda's areas of expertise include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and coronary artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Irobunda takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Irobunda has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Consultation, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.5 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 122 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.9 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 120 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
25-20 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Paul Lajos, who practices in New York, NY, Astoria, NY, and Brooklyn, NY, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Lajos's clinical interests include transfemoral (above knee) amputation, renal artery stenosis, and transtibial (below knee) amputation. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lajos is open to new patients. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Doppler Ultrasound, Aortic Disease, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Arteriovenous Malformation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy Gihan Jayasundera, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
550 1st Avenue; 14th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Timothy Jayasundera specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in New York, NY, Queens, NY, and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Jayasundera has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and angina. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jayasundera's education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Jayasundera (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary angioplasty (PTCA)

All Interests: Aortic Stenosis, Cardiac Stress Testing, Hypertension, Heart Stent Placement, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.3 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 308 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.4 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 308 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Lori Lynn Vales Lay, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other, Nuclear Medicine
275 7th Avenue; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Lori Vales Lay is a specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine. Dr. Vales Lay's areas of expertise include the following: heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and angina. The average patient rating for Dr. Vales Lay is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Aetna Medicare, and more. Dr. Vales Lay attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Angina, ... (Read more)

Dr. Manish Ashwin Parikh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
51 West 51st Street; Suite 330
New York, NY
 

Dr. Manish Parikh is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY. Patients gave Dr. Parikh an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), angina, and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Parikh completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Parikh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Angina, Cardiac Catheterization

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.9%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.7 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 985 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.9%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.0 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 958 patients (2009-2011)
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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
370 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Vinod Patel sees patients in Brooklyn, NY. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: mitral valve prolapse, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and exercise physiology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College, Dr. Patel performed his residency at Resurrection Health Care. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Electrodiagnostic Testing, Atrial Fibrillation, Exercise Physiology, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Surgery
300 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Ageliki Vouyouka's specialties are radiology (X-ray and medical imaging) and vascular surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, atherosclerosis, and carotid artery disease. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vouyouka is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Vouyouka (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and Italian. Dr. Vouyouka is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery, Varicose Veins, Carotid Artery Disease, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 11
  • Charge (avg.): $2,350
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $612

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
275 Seventh Avenue; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. John Coppola's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Coppola's clinical interests include exercise stress test, chest pain, and heart attack. His professional affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Coppola accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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Clinical Interests: Exercise Stress Test, Chest Pain, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 130 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    100%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 120 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. George D Dangas, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
196; 03 42nd Avenue
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. George Dangas' areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in New York, NY, Flushing, NY, and Long Island City, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Dangas include renal artery stenosis, atherosclerosis, and carotid artery disease. Dr. Dangas is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at The Miriam Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dangas is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Mitral Regurgitation, Balloon Valvuloplasty, Hypertrophic ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.3 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 388 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.6 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 350 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Nicholas J Morrissey, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Nicholas Morrissey is a vascular surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, carotid artery disease, and carotid artery surgery. Dr. Morrissey is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, Dr. Morrissey completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and Army Commendation Medal.

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Relevant Interests: , renal angioplasty, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), peripheral angioplasty

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Stenosis, Peripheral Angiogram, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Aortic Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Wissam Hoyek sees patients in Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Hoyek attended medical school at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Lutheran Associates and Staten Island University Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 579 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.7 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 514 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Jeffrey T Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
550 1st Avenue; 14th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Shapiro is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, Dr. Shapiro (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Shapiro is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital and NYU Langone. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shapiro honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical Interests: Heart Problems, Cardiac Catheterization

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $1,485
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $673
Dr. Stylianos P Papadakos, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
550 1st Avenue; 14th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stylianos Papadakos is an interventional cardiologist in Bayside, NY, New York, NY, and Manhasset, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: rheumatic heart disease, atherosclerosis, and carotid artery disease. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Papadakos studied medicine at the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Papadakos's medical residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is conversant in Greek. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NYU Langone Cardiovascular Associates, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, and St. Francis Hospital.

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Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Atherosclerosis, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    98.8%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.9 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 757 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.2%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.0 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 710 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. James N Slater, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
530 First Avenue; Hcc14
New York, NY
 

Dr. James Slater is a New York, NY physician who specializes in interventional cardiology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, angioplasty, and heart attack. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Slater accepts. Dr. Slater graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. He is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Health Care System and NYU Langone.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Stenosis, Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Lung Problems, Aortic Valve Disease, MRI, Atrial Septal ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.3%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.1 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 404 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.6%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 0.8 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 356 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Todd Lance Berland, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
530 1st Avenue; Suite 6d
New York, NY
 

Dr. Todd Berland is a vascular surgeon in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include thoracic outlet syndrome, stent placement (stenting), and spider veins. Dr. Berland's professional affiliations include VA NY Harbor Health Care System and NYU Langone. He graduated from Medical College of Georgia and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Berland is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , angioplasty

All Interests: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Stent Placement, Aortic Disease, Spider Veins, Pelvic Problems, Aortic ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 20
  • Charge (avg.): $10,931
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1,112

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Sampath Kumar practices general surgery and vascular surgery. Dr. Kumar studied medicine at Madras Medical College and Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He trained at Lutheran Medical Center for his residency. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with NYU Lutheran Associates.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 23
  • Charge (avg.): $1,525 - $6,604
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $472 - $476

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What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a common, minimally invasive procedure performed to restore blood flow in arteries and veins that have become narrowed or blocked. Age or illness can cause plaque to build up at certain spots within the veins and arteries, and if enough collects, it can restrict the flow of blood. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon at the end of a small, flexible tube to inflate within the narrowed section and open it up again.

Angioplasty may be performed in several different areas of the body and for a variety of reasons, most often:
  • Peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow in the arms or legs
  • Atherosclerosis, or general hardening of the arteries
  • Carotid artery stenosis, or narrowing of the arteries in the neck that supply the brain
  • Coronary artery disease, or narrowing of the arteries near the heart
  • Renal vascular hypertension, or narrowing of the arteries in the kidney, leading to increased blood pressure

During angioplasty, a patient is given a sedative while lying on a table under an x-ray machine. A catheter (a thin, flexible, and hollow tube) is inserted into the patient’s skin in the arm or groin and guided into the blocked artery. Dye is injected via the catheter, and x-rays are used to position the tip of the catheter exactly at the blockage. The tiny balloon is guided through the catheter and inflated with saline. It pushes the plaque out of the way, squishing it against the walls of the artery. The balloon may be inflated and deflated several times to let blood pass by. A stent, a tiny tube of metal mesh like a spring, may be inserted to help keep the artery open. Then the x-ray is used again to check that blood is flowing properly, the catheter is removed, and the tiny incision is bandaged.

There are no nerves within veins and arteries, so an angioplasty is generally not painful. However, there may be some discomfort at the site of the incision and when the balloon is inflated. Overall, angioplasty is a very effective and low-risk procedure, useful for helping patients avoid more difficult bypass surgery.
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