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 an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Matthews's areas of expertise consist of stent placement (stenting), heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: 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

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

Dr. Prediman Shah sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: myocarditis, angina, and heart attack. He 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). These areas are among his clinical interests: electrophysiological (EP) study, heart attack, and ventricular tachycardia. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goodman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goodman 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)

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

Dr. Christina Economides is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Economides include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and heart attack. Dr. Economides is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Economides accepts.

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

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

Dr. Florian Rader is a specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Rader speaks German. His areas of expertise include the following: angina, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before performing his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Rader attended Medical University of Vienna for medical school. Dr. Rader is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Danny Ramzy specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ramzy's areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). He 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 the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks 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)

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

Dr. Katrine Zhiroff's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. She practices in Los Angeles, CA. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Zhiroff's areas of expertise include heart valve disease, angioplasty, and heart attack. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zhiroff accepts. Dr. Zhiroff (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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.