We found 3 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Health Alliance near Lake Forest, IL.

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Dr. Barbara Jane Deal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 110
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Barbara Deal works as a pediatric cardiologist. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in syncope (fainting) and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Dr. Deal is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Centegra Health System. Dr. Deal takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Deal speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart problems, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), congenital heart disease, tachycardia (very fast heart rate)

All Interests: Heart Problems, Tachycardia, Arrhythmias, Syncope, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Congenital Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger Andrew O. De Freitas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
800 N. Westmoreland Road Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Roger Defreitas is a physician who specializes in pediatric cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in electrophysiological (EP) study, congenital heart disease, and non-invasive cardiology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Defreitas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Defreitas attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Defreitas has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, congenital heart disease

All Interests: Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Electrophysiological Study, Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Marleta Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Pediatric General Surgery
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Campus Lake
Forest, IL
 

Dr. Marleta Reynolds' area of specialization is pediatric general surgery. Her areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Reynolds honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Reynolds trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Reynolds has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Abdominal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Thoracic Surgery ... (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.
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