We found 12 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. James Robert Post, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
1615 Pasadena Avenue; Unit 300
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Post's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient ratings for Dr. Post average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, PET Scan, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Atrial ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Patrick Defrain, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain works as a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Defrain completed residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Felix Jorge Hernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4500 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Felix Hernandez specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Hernandez's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Amerigroup, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Hernandez's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Musculoskeletal Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brien Edwin Pierpont, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
2299 9th Avenue N; Suite 3-c
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brien Pierpont is a specialist in adult cardiology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pierpont is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pierpont accepts. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Pierpont completed his residency training at York Hospital. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dean Allen Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
7111 1st Avenue S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dean Bramlet is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Duke University Hospital's residency program. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bramlet is affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Barry Lynn Winton, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton is a specialist in cardiac surgery. He works in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Winton honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200, The Heart & Vascular Institute of Fl So
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sanchez is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. Patient reviews placed Dr. Sanchez at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanchez honors. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Right Heart Catheterization, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Neal Moss, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4805 49th Street North; Bay Area Heart Center
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brian Moss is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing his residency at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Moss attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Moss focuses on arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Moss's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Stress Echo, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Stroke, Syncope, ... (Read more)

Dr. Crystal Anne Bujold, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1615 Pasadena Avenue; Suite 300
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Crystal Bujold is an adult cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL, Florida, FL, and South Pasadena, FL. She studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical interests encompass heart failure and heart attack. Dr. Bujold is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Dr. Gerardo L Garcia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gerardo Garcia specializes in adult cardiology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Garcia is a graduate of National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Chemical Stress Test, Stress Echo, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao is a general internist in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rao completed a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Dr. Sarah Anne Digby, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby's specialty is general internal medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Digby attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency.

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All Interests: Depression, Immunization, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver ... (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.
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