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 specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in stent placement (stenting), heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Matthews honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Matthews attended Creighton University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Dr. Matthews as voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in .. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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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 is an adult cardiologist. His areas of expertise include the following: myocarditis, angina, and heart attack. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Government Medical College, Jammu. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goodman include electrophysiological (EP) study, heart attack, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Goodman attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Goodman (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Arabic.

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

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

Dr. Christina Economides' specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. She practices in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and heart attack. Dr. Economides accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Economides's residency was performed at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is 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
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; Floor 3
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Florian Rader sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rader include angina, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Rader is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Rader attended Medical University of Vienna for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Rader is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

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

Dr. Danny Ramzy's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramzy include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Ramzy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Ramzy has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in French. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Katrine Zhiroff is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zhiroff's clinical interests include heart valve disease, angioplasty, and heart attack. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhiroff (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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