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We found 2 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Health Net EPO near Stanford, CA.

Kishor Avasarala MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
(650) 497-8000

Dr. Kishor Avasarala practices pediatric cardiology in Oakland, CA, Brentwood, CA, and Larkspur, CA. Dr. Avasarala is especially interested in heart problems. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Bellary and Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga, he performed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Avasarala (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). He has an open panel.

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All Interests: All forms of congenital and acquired cardiac disease, Fetal cardiac structural and rhythm ... (Read more)

Bruce Allan Benedick MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Cardiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
(650) 617-8100; (650) 363-5262

Dr. Bruce Benedick practices adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Benedick include heart problems, nuclear scan, and cardiac catheterization. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benedick honors. He attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for residency. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benedick is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Positron emission tomography (PET), SPECT radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging, Anatomic ... (Read more)



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What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a progressive disease where the heart muscle isn’t able to pump as effectively as it needs to. When a patient has heart failure, not enough blood is reaching the cells of the body to supply needed amounts of oxygen.

At the onset of heart failure, the body compensates for the reduced blood flow by enlarging the heart muscle, making the heart beat faster, or narrowing the blood vessels to increase blood pressure. Because the body is so adept at compensating for the early stages of heart failure, many people do not notice symptoms until they have been sick for some time. This is one reason annual check-ups are important, especially if you have any risk factors for heart disease. Symptoms a person might feel as heart failure progresses include fatigue, breathlessness, a rapid heartbeat, or swelling in the feet and legs.

A doctor can check for heart failure using blood tests, x-rays, an electrocardiogram, or an exercise stress test. If heart failure is diagnosed, lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes are recommended in order to protect the heart. There are a large number of medications on the market that used to treat heart failure, in several different classes. Some of these are ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and statin drugs. Although it’s not as common, surgery will sometimes be recommended for heart failure, for example if a patient needs a transplant or bypass surgery.