We found 12 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Essential near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

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

Dr. James Post's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Post has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Post has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Christopher H Wilson, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
560 Jackson Street; Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Wilson is a specialist in adult cardiology. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wilson completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Dr. Wilson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Chemical Stress Test, PET Scan, Stress Echo, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Nuclear Scan, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Charles Sheppard, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other, Cardiac Electrophysiology
560 Jackson Street N; Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sheppard specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sheppard include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Dr. Sheppard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Sheppard attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, ... (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 medical specialist in adult cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Sanchez average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanchez include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanchez takes. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Francisco Cardona, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1615 Pasadena Avenue South; Suite 300
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Cardona is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Cardona is especially interested in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Cardona is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He trained at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Invasive Cardiology, Catheter Ablation, Stress ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Crystal Bujold is a cardiologist. Dr. Bujold has a special interest in heart failure and heart attack. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bujold is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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

Dr. Daniel Edward McKenna, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
840 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Daniel McKenna's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. His clinical interests include mitral valve prolapse, holter monitoring, and carotid artery disease. Dr. McKenna is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he performed his residency at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, All Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gerardo Garcia is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Garcia attended medical school at National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Garcia speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Jorge McCormack, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
840 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jorge McCormack works as a pediatric cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests include mitral valve prolapse, holter monitoring, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. McCormack takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. McCormack is affiliated with All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Invasive Cardiology, ... (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'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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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Maze Procedure, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Heart ... (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. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Winton takes. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Winton trained at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Winton's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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