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We found 4 providers with an interest in heart failure near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Roberto Jose Cubeddu, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Other, Nuclear Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Cubeddu is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: mitral valve prolapse, intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) insertion, and heart tumor. Dr. Cubeddu's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Dr. Cubeddu attended medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Insertion, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. John Dylewski works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Coral Gables, FL, and South Miami, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Dylewski include postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), sick sinus syndrome, and syncope (fainting). Dr. Dylewski is affiliated with Arrhythmia Management Institute of South Florida and Mercy Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Dylewski studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dylewski completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Dylewski speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, Tachycardia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Josef Toussaint is an interventional cardiologist and hospitalist in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. He accepts United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Toussaint's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.

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All Interests: Electrocardiogram, Cardiomyopathy, Varicose Veins, Hypertension, Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis Plasencia, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Luis Plasencia specializes in general internal medicine. He attended medical school at Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ). These areas are among Dr. Plasencia's clinical interests: diabetes, obesity, and emphysema. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Plasencia is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Migraine, Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Failure, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease, Thyroid ... (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.