We found 12 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near East Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Smith is especially interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In Dr. Kong's practice, she is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kong honors. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Allan Benedick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Benedick sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benedick accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Benedick's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for residency.

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Dr. Vivian W Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue; 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Vivian Tsai is a cardiologist in Fremont, CA and Palo Alto, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tsai include heart problems. Dr. Tsai is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai takes. Dr. Tsai attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. She is conversant in Mandarin. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tsai is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Girish A Narayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
87 Encina Avenue; Encina Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Girish Narayan is an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Narayan include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Narayan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Narayan studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Narayan's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Drug ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Anthony St. Claire Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Donald St. Claire specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. He is especially interested in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. St. Claire's education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani works as an adult cardiologist. Dr. Ramrakhiani's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In her practice, she is particularly interested in heart problems. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. For her professional training, Dr. Ramrakhiani completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). In addition to English, Dr. Ramrakhiani (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Ramrakhiani's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Roger Allan Winkle, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Roger Winkle is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Winkle include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Winkle a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Erik Tyler Price, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue; Encina Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Erik Price's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Price is especially interested in heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Price honors. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Price is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Drug Eluting Stent, Angiogram, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jared James Herr, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
300 Pasteur Drive
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jared Herr's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Herr obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise include heart problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Gregory Engel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Engel's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Engel is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Engel's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. William L Mullen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue; Encina Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. William Mullen practices adult cardiology in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Mullen is especially interested in heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Mullen honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Attack

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What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical event that happens when the blood supplying oxygen to the heart is cut off, usually because of a blockage in an artery. This results in damage or death of part of the heart muscle. The heart can heal, but like any part of the body that was injured it leaves a scar. This scar tissue does not contract effectively, so the ability of the heart to pump is lowered after a heart attack.

A heart attack, sometimes called a myocardial infarction, can happen without warning. However there are certain factors that raise the risk of heart attack. Some of these are:
  • Age
  • Gender (most heart attack sufferers are male)
  • A family history of heart attacks
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices (lack of exercise, poor diet, too much alcohol or stress)

Heart attacks typically feel like pain or pressure in the chest that can radiate out to the back, arm, or jaw. Some other symptoms can include fatigue or weakness, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.

Treatment aims to increase blood flow to the heart muscle by opening up blocked blood vessels. Medications are sometimes used to dissolve clots in the arteries. Aspirin and other medications such as Plavix can thin the blood and make clots less likely to form. Dilators can widen blood vessels to make room for more blood to flow. Doctors can also use a procedure called catheterization to look at the blood vessels around the heart directly, place stents, or widen vessels using angioplasty. In extreme cases bypass surgery can be used to help blood flow better. After recovery, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle and take any prescribed medications in order to protect the heart.
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