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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
1615 Pasadena Avenue; Unit 300
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. James Post works as a cardiologist. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Post's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Post has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

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 speaks Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Pierpont attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at York Hospital for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pierpont honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4500 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Felix Hernandez works as an adult cardiologist. He is rated highly by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Hernandez is in-network for Amerigroup, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Defrain is a heart surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Defrain's training includes residency programs at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
7111 1st Avenue S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dean Bramlet is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bramlet takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
6006 49th Street North; Suite 310
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Barry Winton is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery. Dr. Winton attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Winton is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

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

Dr. Robert Sanchez's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Sanchez attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanchez include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally 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)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4805 49th Street North; Bay Area Heart Center
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brian Moss specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Moss include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Moss graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Moss trained at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1615 Pasadena Avenue; Suite 300
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Crystal Bujold is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. She has a special interest in heart failure and heart attack. Dr. Bujold is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. She studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Heart Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gerardo Garcia is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Garcia speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Rao a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sarah Digby works as a general internist. Dr. Digby is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Northside Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Digby attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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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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