Published on October 23, 2017

Give a warm welcome to Dr. Dhar

Sunil Dhar, MD, adds years to people’s lives.

And he might do the same for you now that he’s joined the cardiac team at Nazareth Hospital as Medical Director of the Cath Lab.

Sunil DharDr. Sunil Dhar, an interventional cardiologist, came to us from Bluefield Regional Medical Center in West Virginia. “Nazareth’s excellent reputation and deep community roots brought me here,” he says.

Highly trained and skilled

Dr. Dhar is fellowship trained in three different heart-related specialties: interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and heart transplant, and cardiovascular disease.

In our state-of-the-art cath lab, he uses catheters (thin tubes) and tiny tools and incisions to treat heart and blood vessel problems. He also opens blocked leg arteries—helping patients avoid amputation—and repairs painful varicose veins.

But perhaps Dr. Dhar’s most impressive feat in the cath lab is emergency angioplasty for a heart attack. He uses a tiny balloon to open the blocked artery that triggered the attack. But rather than inserting the balloon through a blood vessel in the groin—the standard technique—he inserts it though one in the wrist. That’s something only a small number of doctors in the U.S. can do. This radial approach speeds recovery and reduces the risk of complications, he says.

Performing procedures in the cath lab is not the only thing Dr. Dhar does to help patients with heart problems. He also specializes in the medical management of:

  • Heart failure
  • Clogged arteries
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels

Dr. Dhar considers himself as much an educator as a surgeon. “I am committed to helping every patient fully understand their condition and how best to improve it,” he says.