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We found 6 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 physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His education and training includes medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic. Clinical interests for Dr. Matthews include 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 .. Dr. Matthews is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Goodman sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include electrophysiological (EP) study, heart attack, and ventricular tachycardia. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goodman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Goodman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Arabic. Dr. Goodman 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
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; A-3307
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Prediman Shah's specialty is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include myocarditis, angina, and heart attack. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended Government Medical College, Jammu and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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

Dr. Christina Economides practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Economides's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and heart attack. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She 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)

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

Dr. Katrine Zhiroff's medical specialty is interventional cardiology. Her areas of expertise include heart valve disease, angioplasty, and heart attack. Dr. Zhiroff accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Zhiroff's training includes a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zhiroff (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She 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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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
127 S San Vicente Boulevard, Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion; Suite A3600
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Danny Ramzy is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramzy include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), myocarditis, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Ramzy is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ramzy 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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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.