We found 3 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Humana HMO near Grayslake, IL.

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Dr. Paul J Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, Other
1475 E. Belvedere Road
Grayslake, IL

Dr. Paul Kim is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. He has a special interest in heart problems. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, North Sound Emergency Medicine (NSEM), and CHI Franciscan Health. Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kim is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Outpatient Care, Heart Problems, Stress Testing

Dr. Michael Andrew Paul, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
755 S Milwaukee Avenue; Suite 224
Libertyville, IL

Dr. Michael Paul is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. He works in Hoffman Estates, IL, Geneva, IL, and Aurora, IL. His areas of clinical interest consist of holter monitoring, congenital heart disease, and echocardiogram (echo). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Paul graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Paul trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Vista Health System, and Delnor Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, congenital heart disease

All Interests: Heart Problems, Electrocardiogram, Holter Monitoring, Echocardiogram, Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Ray Weldon Helms, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
114 W. Rockland Road; Suite 202
Libertyville, IL

Dr. Ray Helms is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Libertyville, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and catheter ablation. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Centegra Health System. Dr. Helms is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois, Dr. Helms attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)

All Interests: Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator, Catheter Ablation, Pacemaker, Arrhythmias

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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.
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