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Gary E. Oppenheim, MD

Languages: English
  • Cardiology
    • Interventional Cardiology
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
I perform coronary stenting and other interventional procedures, but my passion is in cardiac prevention. Early detection of coronary artery disease is critical, as nearly 50% of men and women will die of cardiovascular disease. By the time that a person has cardiac related chest discomfort or a positive stress test, coronary stenting and/or coronary bypass graft surgery are often required; waiting for symptoms to occur is also not a good option given that 1/2-2/3 of cardiac patients will first present with a heart attack or death. We now know that we can reduce the risk of heart attack or death from heart disease in up to 90% of individuals by appopriate changes in diet, exercise, and body weight, abstention from cigarette smoking, and if appropriate, medications. We can detect coronary/vascular disease BEFORE cardiac events occur by noninvasive testing, such as with EBT (which is a low radiation CT scan that evaluates for calcium in the coronary arteries as a marker for coronary disease, a so called "Mammogram of the Heart"), or by carotid IMT (which uses ultrasound to evaluate for vascular disease in the carotid artery). These techniques, in conjunction with advanced lipid testing (Berkeley Heart Labs and others) can help guide changes in lifestyle and medications so that the risk of heart attack and dying from cardiac disease can be markedly reduced.
Stanford University, CA
University of Chicago, IL
New England Deaconess Hospital
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Medical School
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal calcium score
  • abnormal coronary angiography
  • abnormal ecg
  • abnormal stress test
  • acute bacterial endocarditis
  • aortic stenosis
  • aortic valve disorder
  • arrhythmia
  • atherectomy
  • atherosclerosis
  • atherosclerosis of aorta
  • athletic heart syndrome
  • atrial fibrillation
  • atrial flutter
  • atrial tachycardia
  • atrioventricular block
  • atrioventricular septal defect
  • autoimmune pericarditis
  • av nodal arrhythmia
  • bicuspid valve repair
  • blood clot
  • bradycardia
  • cardiac angina
  • cardiac arrest
  • cardiac catheterization
  • cardiac conduction defects
  • cardiac disease in pregnancy
  • cardiac risk assessment
  • cardiac sarcoma
  • cardiomegaly
  • cardiomyopathy
  • cardiospasm
  • catheter
  • chest pain
  • cholesterol disorders
  • complication cardiac catheterization
  • conduction defects
  • congenital anomaly of coronary artery
  • coronary angiography
  • coronary angioplasty
  • coronary artery anomaly
  • coronary artery disease
  • coronary artery fistula
  • coronary bypass graft
  • coronary stent
  • coxsackie endocarditis
  • diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • dyspnea on exertion
  • elevated creatine kinase
  • enhanced external counterpulsation
  • familial arrhythmia
  • familial dyslipidemia
  • family history heart disease
  • heart biopsy
  • heart murmur
  • heart racing
  • holter monitor
  • hypertension
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • infiltrative disorders of the heart
  • in-office echocardiogram
  • in-office stress test
  • intra-aortic balloon pump
  • intravascular ultrasound
  • ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • left bundle branch block
  • left-sided heart failure
  • malignant hypertension
  • microvascular dysfunction
  • minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • minimally invasive mitral valve repair
  • mitral regurgitation
  • mitral valve insufficiency
  • myocardial infarction
  • myocarditis
  • myxoma
  • palpitations
  • papillary muscle disorders
  • paravalvular leak repair
  • paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
  • paroxysmal tachycardia
  • paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia
  • patent foramen ovale
  • patent foramen ovale closure
  • pericarditis
  • postural tachycardia syndrome
  • premature beats
  • premature ventricular contractions
  • preventative cardiology
  • prinzmetals angina
  • pulmonary artery stenosis
  • pulmonary edema
  • pulmonary valve disorders
  • pulmonary valve insufficiency
  • pulmonary valve stenosis
  • refractory angina
  • rheumatic mitral regurgitation
  • rheumatic mitral stenosis
  • rheumatic mitral stenosis with insufficiency
  • rhythm disorder
  • right bundle branch block
  • right ventricular hypertrophy
  • stent thrombosis
  • stenting
  • sudden cardiac death
  • supraventricular tachycardia
  • syncope
  • tachycardia
  • tee
  • thrombosis
  • transesophageal echocardiography
  • transthoracic echocardiogram
  • tricuspid regurgitation
  • valve stenosis
  • valvular endocarditis
  • valvuloplasty
  • vasovagal syncope
  • ventricular tachycardia

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.9 out of 5 (69 Ratings, 14 Comments)


I can ask Dr. Oppenheim questions and he is very present in replying.

Dr.Oppenhiem iis the best Cardiologist I've had he is a great Doctor

I'm willing to refer Dr. Oppenheim to friends and family

excellent care provider


I would only hesitate because of the scheduling issues and because his support staff doesn't follow up. I've had many appointments rescheduled with this particular provider in the past.

He listened carefully to my complaint and explained the plan for my care. I felt safe and cared about with him. I trust him, so glad I found him!!! I know I will get excellent advice & care.

Dr Oppenheim is outstanding and a careful communicator.

Dr. Oppenheim is very thorough, caring and kind. He explained everything and listened to my questions and concerns.

MD dismissive of my concerns re: medication side effects.

I am not pleased that I may not see the doctor on my next visit to discuss my labs and 4 tests ordered but may see the nurse practioner; I think I should be seeing my doctor for this 2nd visit, especially since it will determine my treatment for my problem;

Dr was being rushed to make up for a staff meeting held prior to our appointment.

Dr. Oppenheim is an excellent cardiologist, loved by staff.

Dr. spent a long time with me. It was a bit confusing but I left knowing what I needed to do.
Swedish Heart & Vascular - Cherry Hill
550 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Affiliated Facilities
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