We found 11 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept PacifiCare Signature Value HMO near San Carlos, CA.

Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith, who practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith has a special interest in heart problems and nuclear scan. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Smith's training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Her areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kong obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kong's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Girish A Narayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Girish Narayan is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Narayan's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. In his practice, Dr. Narayan focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil. Dr. Narayan is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Narayan is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Drug ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald Anthony St. Claire Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Donald St. Claire is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. St. Claire's areas of expertise consist of heart problems and cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. St. Claire is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center.

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Dr. Roger Allan Winkle, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Roger Winkle is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. In his practice, Dr. Winkle focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated Dr. Winkle highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Winkle trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Bruce Allan Benedick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Benedick's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology; he sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. His areas of expertise consist of heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Dr. Benedick is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Utah School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benedick's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. David A Kurzrock, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
100 S. San Mateo Drive; Suite 400
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. David Kurzrock's specialty is adult cardiology. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is especially interested in heart problems. Dr. Kurzrock is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurzrock is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He has an open panel.

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Dr. Erik Tyler Price, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Erik Price practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Price focuses on heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Price has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Drug Eluting Stent, Angiogram, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jared James Herr, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Jared Herr's medical specialty is adult cardiology. His clinical interests include heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Herr accepts. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Herr's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Gregory Engel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Engel works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. In his practice, Dr. Engel focuses on heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Engel is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. William L Mullen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. William Mullen is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. His clinical interests include heart problems. Dr. Mullen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Mullen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Attack

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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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