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. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Matthews has a special interest in stent placement (stenting), heart attack, and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Matthews honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 professionally 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's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include myocarditis, angina, and heart attack. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Shah studied medicine at Government Medical College, Jammu. He trained at Montefiore Medical Center for his residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Goodman's clinical interests include electrophysiological (EP) study, heart attack, and ventricular tachycardia. The average patient rating for Dr. Goodman is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goodman has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Goodman (or staff) speaks the following 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, 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Economides's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and heart attack. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency 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 takes.

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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 works as a cardiologist in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. His clinical interests include angina, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Rader is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Medical University of Vienna and then he performed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Rader has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in German. He is 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 specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramzy include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Ramzy takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received the following distinction: 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, 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 a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her areas of expertise include heart valve disease, angioplasty, and heart attack. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Zhiroff completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zhiroff (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Dr. Zhiroff is professionally 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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