Dr. Hetal Bhakta, MD

Cardiology •  Male • Age 45
  
Dr. Bhakta
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants

78900 Avenue 47 Ste 202 La Quinta, CA 92253

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(760) 883-1600

Dr. Hetal Bhakta, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in La Quinta, CA. Dr. Bhakta has more experience with Electrophysiology, Adult Congenital Cardiac Disorders, and Implantable Cardiac Devices than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Desert Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Bhakta to book an appointment.


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Dr. Bhakta accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze 60 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Bronze 60 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
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Gold 80 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Gold 80 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
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Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Priority Select-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
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Minimum Coverage-CA HMO
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National (BlueCard) PPO
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Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Silver 70 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
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Cigna HMO
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LocalPlus
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First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Bhakta

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Bhakta treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Bhakta treats other conditions, please contact the office at (760) 883-1600.

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiologists monitor, diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms through procedures such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and pacemaker insertionsCompare with other Electrophysiology specialists.

Dr. Bhakta typically treats 64% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Cardioversion, Elective
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Cardiovascular Stress Test
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Adult Congenital Cardiac Disorders

Adult congenital cardiac disorder specialists diagnose and treat heart disorders, such as arrythmias and mitral valve disease, that have been present from birth to adulthood.Compare with other Adult Congenital Cardiac Disorders specialists.

Dr. Bhakta typically treats 69% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Atrial Flutter
Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias
Mitral Valve Disease
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Implantable Cardiac Devices

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Dr. Bhakta typically treats 50% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Cardiac Care

Cardiac care specialists diagnose and treat general cardiac conditions such as high blood pressure, angina, and arrhythmias through procedures including cardiovascular stress tests, ablation therapy, and heart valve surgery.Compare with other Cardiac Care specialists.

Dr. Bhakta typically treats 68% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Heart Palpitations
Heart Disease
Cardiomyopathy
Hypertension
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Bhakta's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Electrophysiology
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure

Dr. Bhakta's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Bhakta

3.6

Based on 34 ratings

5 Stars
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1 Star
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Dr Bhatka is the most condescending person I have ever had the misfortune to come across. My questions are met with intimidation and I feel that my medical needs are not met with this clinic. I was referred by my Cardiologist for an ablation due to AFib and wound up with a loop transmitter implanted in my chest. The Dr. enjoys the monthly checks coming in from the medical trials however he refuses to adequately remedy my AFib and congestive heart failure as if it is not even a concern to him in the least. He has no bedside manner, no communication skills and the entire office treats me the exact same way. The Tech asked me how I was doing ,so I began explaining how bad I feel and about my recent AFIB he replied," I can multitask". He obviously didn't care in the least how I was feeling he should not have even asked. When My loop transmitter tells the doctor that my heart stops beating for 5 seconds HOW THE HELL WILL I BE ABLE TO CALL THE PARAMEDICS? Dr said some pass out some don't.
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dr. Bhakta has to be one of the kindest doctors I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. From the momentbI walked into his offce, every single person I came in contact with, were nothing short of extremely kind, thoughtful and helpful and efficient. I was greeted and helped right away. Taken back to and within minutes hooked up for my EKG. Once my EKG was done. The nurse told me she would leave the room. So I could get dressed and the Dr would be right in. I dressed and waited no more than 3 minutes before Dr. Bhakta walked in and introduced himself. He was extremely kind, explained my treatment plan. I did not for a second feel like he was pressed for time. Nor was I left wondering or questioning anything. He gave me time to gather my thoughts and ask any questions or concerns. I can't say enough positives about my experience. Thank you Dr. Bahkta and your wonderful staff.
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Debby McKee – Aug 17, 2019
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He is actually a very good doctor but it really doesn't do a patient any good if the office staff refuses to give you an appointment - even after your HMO has given you an authorization! I called the office when I went into atrial fib and was told by OFFICE STAFF, "The heart can go fast...the heart can go slow...I can't bother the doctor with every little thing."
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  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
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Aug 22, 2018
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Horrible doctor who insists his patients go on a nasty medication called Amiodarone for one year post ablation. I found him to be condescending and when I questioned him he tried to intimidate me. He has a tremendous ego as well. He may have the newest technology but I would rather place my heart in skilled hands and with a doctor who is genuinely interested in my concerns and welcomes my questions...
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Palm Desert, CA – Jan 10, 2018
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Dr. Bhakta. Is absolutely awesome...he listens to your questions and answers them fully in detail...he does not sugar coat anything...I would definitely recommend him to everyone...you need a good heart dr or surgeon he is the one to go to!!! He saved my life here just recently ?????????????????
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Jennifer Davis in Indio – Oct 16, 2017
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Excellent doctor! I am very greatful to have found him. He was the first doctor to actually diagnosis my heart problem instead of just telling me it was anxiety. He performed an ablation on me and I felt 100% confident in him the whole time. He has excellent bedside manner and always answered my questions thoroughly and with kindness. We need more doctors like him.
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Cathedral City, CA – Jun 04, 2017
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Dr. Bhakta performed a successful AFIB ablation and I, as an informed patient, feel that he is very competent. However his office is far less so, questions to Dr. Bakhta are apparently not forwarded or lost, so that I as a patient, am left twisting in the wind.
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Gene in Indio, CA – Nov 24, 2016
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Good personality, given the state of doctor Care these days he did about the right amount of explanation regarding my icd/pacemaker. JO
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Los Angeles, CA – Oct 04, 2016
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After a long time, a lot of tests, and various specialists with no diagnosis of underlying cause to many symptoms, at my first consultation Dr. Bhakta knew what was needed to obtain the information for a complete, accurate diagnosis and then knew what was needed to resolve my problems. During each step of the process Dr. Bhakta and all of his staff were knowledgeable, professional, efficient, effective and CARING! They make the most of the new technologies to provide safe, effective care!
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Terri in Palm Desert, CA – Sep 21, 2016
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He is a wonderful doctor he took time answer all my questions and his staff was very nice no waiting to see him
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Betty Parker in Palm Desert, CA – Jun 28, 2016
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Dr. Bhatka I felt was very competent, he performed an ablation on me in Oct. 2015, which was successful. The office however- is a bit of a disaster. Don't be surprised if they cancel your appointment and move it to another time without even consulting you. Many times I had my appointment moved. It's a difficult office to get a hold of also.
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LadySherman in Palm Springs, ca – Feb 20, 2016
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One of the most caring, dedicated doctors we have ever interacted with.
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Mark K in Palm Springs, CA – Feb 03, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Our mission is to develop treatment plans which allow our patients to live their lives to the fullest potential. This starts with developing a lasting...Read more

Biography

Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Electromyography

Education

2004
Los Angeles County - U S C Medical Center
Residency Hospital
2002
Los Angeles County - U S C Medical Center
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Spanish

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Locations

Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants

Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants78900 Avenue 47 Ste 202 La Quinta, CA 92253
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants1100 N Palm Canyon Dr Ste 206 Palm Springs, CA 92262
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Desert Regional Medical Center

Palm Springs, CA

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

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