17191 St. Luke’s Way, Suite 1A
The Woodlands, Texas 77384
Do you have hip, leg or calf pain while walking or climbing stairs? Have you noticed that one leg is colder than the other or that you have persistent sores on your toes, feet or legs that will not heal? If so, you may be one of the 18 million Americans suffering from peripheral artery disease, or PAD.
PAD is a problem that occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and obstructs the flow of blood to the lower limbs or feet. Smokers, diabetics, obese people or those with high blood pressure and cholesterol are most at risk for developing PAD, which is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases. Forty to 60 percent of patients with PAD also have coronary artery disease and cerebral artery disease, so it is important to seek treatment.
The physicians at College Park Heart & Vascular Center provide high quality, cost-effective cardiovascular and endovascular services in a patient-centered environment. “We offer very personalized attention and allow our patients to avoid the red tape they would encounter in a traditional hospital setting,” said Arindam Banerjee, M.D. “Our nurses and techs have been handpicked from the best of the best in the area.”
“At College Park Heart & Vascular we have access to new PAD treatment technology that not many places have,” said Ali Rizvi, M.D. “We use Avinger’s Lightbox with an Ocelot Catheter. This is a special therapy designed to treat 100 percent blockages in the peripheral arteries. The traditional way to treat this condition involved major surgery. That had side effects and the result was not as good. Balloons and stents always have issues. This new therapy is minimally invasive and allows us to safely and effectively clear blockages.”
“There is a big difference between PAD when an artery is 80-90% blocked and when it is 100% blocked,” said Dr. Banerjee. “80-90 percent is more straight forward because the physician can still see the path where the catheter needs to go,” When the tunnel is completely blocked, this poses more of a challenge because you have to break through a barrier you can’t see. The Lightbox is image-guided technology that allows us to see. It is more accurate and precise and that gives us better results.”
The physicians at College Park Heart & Vascular Center treat their patients like individuals instead of a number. “Unlike at a hospital, our focus is limited. We are a group of doctors who take care of the heart and PAD. Studies have shown that patient outcomes are better when they seek treatment from clinicians who specialize in their particular issue,” Dr. Rizvi said.
Being treated for cardiac issues can be emotionally stressful, but at College Park Heart & Vascular the staff strives to create a friendly, caring and compassionate environment to put patients at ease. The physicians are especially passionate about what they do. “I wanted to go into a specialty where I could have the greatest impact. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, so cardiology is where I could save the most lives,” said Dr. Banerjee.
Dr. Rizvi agreed. “Interventional cardiology is a new and dynamic specialty. It’s always changing and the amount we can do to improve the lives of our patients is very exciting,” he said. The team of Registered Nurses and Registered Radiologic Technologists at the Center has over 100 years of combined experience in cardiac intensive care, interventional radiology and cardiac catheterizations.
You can come to College Park Heart & Vascular Center for more than the treatment of PAD. They do many cardiac procedures and treatments, including cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty and angiograms, peripheral angiography and intervention, pacemaker implantation, placement of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and cardioversion for treating arrhythmias.
At your first appointment, you can expect to have a complete medical history taken, including any family history of cardiac or related issues. If you have your records from any other doctors you have seen about your particular condition, bring them with you for the cardiologist to review. Expect to meet with your doctor for an hour or so to go over your chief complaints and come up with a diagnostic strategy.
If you need treatment for cardiac issues or PAD, don’t delay. Put yourself in experienced, compassionate hands and make your appointment with a College Park physician today.
Procedures performed at College Park Heart & Vascular Center:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Coronary artery angioplasty/stenting
- Peripheral angiography
- Peripheral artery angioplasty/stenting
- Permanent pacemaker implantation
- Automatic internal cardiac defibrillator implant
- Electrophysiology studies
- Implantable cardiac event recorder
Meet the Physicians
Arif Abdullah, M.D., graduated from the Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute in 1991 and is board certified in
Adnan Afzal, M.D., graduated from Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences in 1991. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology.
Arindam Banerjee, M.D., graduated from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 2003. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology.
Paul Cunningham, M.D., graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 2001. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology.
Hussein Yamani, M.D., graduated from the University of Texas at Galveston/Medical Branch in 2004. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology
Shashi Bellur, M.D., graduated from Karnatak University-J.N. Medical College. He is board certified in interventional cardiology.
Vinay Julapalli, M.D., graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1998. He is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.
Michael Nguyen, M.D., graduated from the University of Texas at Galveston/Medical Branch. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and vascular radiology.
Mobolaji Odelowo, M.D., graduated from the University of Ilorin, Faculty of Health Sciences. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and vascular radiology.
Dustin Agan, M.D., graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 2001. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology.
Ali Rizvi, M.D., graduated from Aga Khan Medical College, Aga Kahn University in 1989. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and interventional cardiology.
Hina Siddiqui, M.D., graduated from Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences in 1996. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.
James Strickland, M.D., graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1999. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology