We found 3 interventional cardiologists who accept Gold Navigate Plus 1000 near Washington, PA.

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Dr. Christopher C Allen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA

Dr. Christopher Allen's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology; he sees patients in Washington, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Allen obtained his medical school training at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Princess Margaret Hospital and Howard University Hospital. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. His professional affiliations include UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian.

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Dr. John F Pensock, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA

Dr. John Pensock sees patients in Washington, PA, Uniontown, PA, and Pittsburgh, PA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. The average patient rating for Dr. Pensock is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. He trained at Allegheny General Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside.

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Dr. Bryan C Donohue, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
50 Berry Road
Washington, PA

Dr. Bryan Donohue specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Washington, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. He is affiliated with UPMC Shadyside. Dr. Donohue's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, 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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