We found 8 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept First Health near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Foster Curtis Bryan II, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6006 49th Street N; Suite 310
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Foster Bryan is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Bryan has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He 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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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Pulmonary ... (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 honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Defrain attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Texas Heart Institute and a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure, heart valve disease, heart block, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan specializes in general internal medicine. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. She graduated from Stanley Medical College and then she performed her residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a medical specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. She accepts 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 Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rao takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for residency. Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Asthma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli works as a general internist. Clinical interests for Dr. Natoli include depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Natoli honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Dr. Natoli is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, heart attack

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Ann Grill, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5425 Park Street North; Suite 5 W
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Grill's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Grill's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Immunization, Osteoporosis, Electrocardiogram, Heart Problems, Pelvic Exam, Diabetes, Spirometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3831 16th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nadarajah Nirmalan practices general internal medicine in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nirmalan include depression, heart problems, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Dr. Nirmalan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He is conversant in Tamil.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

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

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What are Heart Problems?

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. This smooth muscle expands and contracts rhythmically our entire lifetime, pumping blood to our lungs and then to every other cell in our body. When heart problems occur, it becomes difficult for the body to get the nutrients and oxygen it needs via the blood. So while there are a variety of illnesses and disorders that affect the heart, most of them make you feel weak, tired, and short of breath. The most common heart conditions include heart disease, angina, arrhythmia, and valve disorders.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. This includes coronary artery disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Some conditions, such as genetics, cannot be controlled. But there are many other things you can do to lower your risk for heart disease. Controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing or stopping smoking, exercising more and losing weight if needed, and eating a diet low in sodium can all protect your heart.

Angina is a squeezing type of chest pain that happens when the muscles around your heart don’t get enough oxygen. It can be regular or infrequent. Usually, angina is caused by coronary heart disease. However, not all chest pain is angina. Chest pain can also be caused by a lung infection or panic attack, for example, so it is important to have any sudden pain checked.

Arrhythmia is the word for when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly with skipped beats. It can feel frightening, and depending on the type it can be dangerous, but in most cases arrhythmia is not serious and can be treated. It is very common, especially in older adults.

Heart valve problems can happen in any one of the the heart’s four valves that keep blood flowing where it needs to go. Babies can be born with problems in their heart valves, or valves can be damaged by infections. The valves can stiffen and become less mobile, or they can stop closing properly and ‘leak’ when the heart beats. Valve problems can usually be repaired surgically.