We found 5 interventional cardiologists who accept United Healthcare Compass near Altoona, PA.

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Dr. Saurin Ramabhai Patel M.D.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Saurin Patel's specialty is interventional cardiology. He attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 4.68 stars (171 ratings)
1414 9th Avenue; Station Medical Center
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. George Jabbour is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Jabbour a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Jabbour completed residency programs at American University of Beirut Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Jabbour (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

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Roy Elie Abrahamian MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1915 Valley View Boulevard; 1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Roy Abrahamian sees patients in Altoona, PA and Everett, PA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Abrahamian attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Abrahamian (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Abrahamian is professionally affiliated with UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial.

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine
1321 11th Avenue
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Amit Nanavati's specialty is interventional cardiology. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Nanavati attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Dr. Ziad Khoury M.D.
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
average rating 2.75 stars (4 ratings)
1915 Valley View Boulevard
Altoona, PA
 

Dr. Ziad Khoury is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist in Altoona, PA and Everett, PA. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His professional affiliations include UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial. Dr. Khoury graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Khoury takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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