We found 7 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Ray Vern Matthews, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ray Matthews is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: stent placement (stenting), heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Matthews accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Matthews obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Dr. Matthews as voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in ..

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All Interests: Stent Placement, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac Catheterization

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; A-3307
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Prediman Shah specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include aortic valve regurgitation, myocarditis, and angina. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Jammu and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah accepts. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Myocarditis, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Septal Defect, Electrocardiogram, Chest Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1245 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 703
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Christina Economides, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Economides include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and heart attack. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Economides obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed her residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Economides speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Chest Pain, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
8631 W Third Street, Medical Towers; Suite 445e
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). These areas are among Dr. Goodman's clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, heart attack, and ventricular tachycardia. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Goodman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Arabic. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Ventricular Tachycardia, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Atrial Fibrillation, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; Floor 3
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Florian Rader works as an adult cardiologist. In addition to English, he speaks German. His clinical interests include angina, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Rader is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended Medical University of Vienna for medical school and subsequently trained at MetroHealth Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Rader has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Pheochromocytoma, Endocarditis, Electrocardiogram, Cardiomyopathy, Bicuspid ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1245 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 703
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Katrine Zhiroff works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Zhiroff (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Her areas of expertise include the following: heart valve disease, angioplasty, and heart attack. Dr. Zhiroff is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Zhiroff takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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All Interests: Chest Pain, Heart Valve Disease, Uterine Fibroid Embolization, Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; Suite A3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danny Ramzy is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. He studied medicine at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. His clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Ramzy takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks French. Dr. Ramzy is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Women's Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, ... (Read more)

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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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