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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's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Defrain is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System.

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

Dr. Brien Pierpont's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pierpont accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at York Hospital. Dr. Pierpont has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, 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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Pinellas Park, FL. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Sarah Digby is a Pinellas Park, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, BayCare Health System, 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. Digby honors. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Digby trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for her residency.

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Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Natoli's clinical interests include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Natoli accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, Dr. Natoli attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He speaks Italian.

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Dr. Lauren Marie Natoli, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Lauren Natoli's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Natoli attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Natoli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Dr. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales works as a general practitioner and family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abinales include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. The average patient rating for Dr. Abinales is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abinales honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Polyclinic Medical Center, Dr. Abinales attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Abinales's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Health System, and Northside Hospital.

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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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