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

Dr. Vivian Tsai is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. In her practice, she is particularly interested in heart problems. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tsai attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She has a closed panel.

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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's specialties are adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice 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 physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Narayan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Narayan is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is conversant in Tamil. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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 practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winkle accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Winkle's training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani is an adult cardiology specialist. 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's areas of expertise include heart problems. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ramrakhiani honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Ramrakhiani (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ramrakhiani welcomes new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include heart problems. Dr. Price is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Price obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Price is conversant in Spanish.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. She is especially interested in heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Kong is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology; he sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. These areas are among Dr. Benedick's clinical interests: heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He studied medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Benedick is open to new patients.

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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 works in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. St Claire include heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. St Claire accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. St Claire attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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. His clinical interests encompass heart problems. Dr. Mullen is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mullen's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Engel works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Engel graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Engel trained at Stanford University Medical Center. His clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. The average patient rating for Dr. Engel is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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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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