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We found 4 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois near Hammond, IN.

Dr. Guy Robert Randolph, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Guy Randolph's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic and Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Randolph is especially interested in newborn care, congenital heart disease, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Randolph is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, congenital heart disease

All Interests: Fetal Echocardiography, Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, Congenital Heart Disease, Newborn Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Joseph Weigel, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Thomas Weigel is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. Dr. Weigel's areas of clinical interest consist of fetal echocardiography and congenital heart disease. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Weigel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, congenital heart disease

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Dr. Peter Ralph Koenig, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
1950 45th Street; Suite 202
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Peter Koenig practices pediatric cardiology. He is especially interested in heart problems, fetal echocardiography, and cardiac (heart) MRI. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Koenig is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's residency program. Dr. Koenig speaks German.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Heart Problems, Stress Testing, Fetal Echocardiography, Education, Echocardiogram, Cardiac CT, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Paul Gordon's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Gordon has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). He studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gordon completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , coronary artery disease

All Interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease

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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.