We found 8 interventional cardiologists near Temple, TX.

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Sanjay Pandya, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiology (Heart Disease), General Practice, Adult Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 1905 1905 H K Dodgen Loop, Temple, TX 76502
Roger Belbel
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiology (Heart Disease), General Practice, Adult Cardiology
Average rating 4.19 stars out of 5 (17 ratings)
Address: Ramcon Dr, Temple, TX 76504
Clinical Interests: echocardiogram (echo), stress testing, chest pain ... (Read more)
Dr. Timothy A. Mixon M.D.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 4.8 stars out of 5 (38 ratings)
Address: 2401 S 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508
Phone: 254-724-6782
Robert Jay Widmer PHD, MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
Address: 2401 S 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508
Phone: 254-724-2150
Clinical Interests: heart problems
Dr. Mark E. Lawrence D.O.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
Address: 2401 S 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508
Phone: 254-724-6782
Dr. David Scott Gantt D.O.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
Average rating 4.65 stars out of 5 (71 ratings)
Address: 2401 S 31st Street, Temple, TX 76508
Phone: 254-724-2150
Dr. Nagaprasadrao V. Pokala M.D.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Adult Critical Care, Adult Cardiology
Address: 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive, Temple, TX 76504
Dr. Rajiv Gupta M.D.
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Adult Cardiology
Address: 1901 S 1st Street, Temple, TX 76504
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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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