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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 is an adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Smith a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Kong has indicated that her clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Vivian Tsai is a specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Tsai has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her clinical interests encompass heart problems. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tsai takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Tsai completed a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She is conversant in Mandarin.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He practices in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benedick attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benedick honors. He is open to new patients.

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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 a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Dr. Narayan's clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient ratings for Dr. Narayan average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Narayan is conversant in Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Palo Alto, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. Her clinical interests encompass heart problems. Dr. Ramrakhiani takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Ramrakhiani attended SMS Medical College, Jaipur for medical school. Dr. Ramrakhiani (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Winkle's practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winkle honors. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Winkle attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His clinical interests encompass heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Dr. St. Claire takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. St. Claire is accepting new patients.

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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, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Engel is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Engel attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

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 areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Price attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include heart problems. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Price honors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Price is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. William Mullen is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Before completing his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Dr. Mullen attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mullen include heart problems. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mullen honors. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mullen welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Jared Herr's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He has a special interest in heart problems. Dr. Herr's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herr takes. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Herr attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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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.