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We found 4 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Saint Cloud, FL.

Dr. Dianne S Zullow, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Dianne Zullow's area of specialization is adult cardiology. She is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, Dr. Zullow performed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zullow accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando A Gonzales-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gonzales-Portillo has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
2906 17th Street
St. Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Khan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3505 Progress Lane
Saint Cloud, FL
 

Dr. Sanjay Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at PinnacleHealth. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (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.