We found 4 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Unicare near Hammond, IN.

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

Dr. Peter Koenig specializes in pediatric cardiology. He is especially interested in heart problems, fetal echocardiography, and cardiac (heart) MRI. Dr. Koenig honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Koenig attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Koenig has an open panel.

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Dr. Patroklos Steven Pappas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Patroklos Pappas is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is especially interested in heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. Dr. Pappas honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Pappas completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pappas's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve disease

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Dr. Mohamad Mohamad Alahdab, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine
10010 Don Powers Drive
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Tarek Ahdab's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Ahdab is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahdab include heart failure, second opinions, and coronary artery disease. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahdab takes. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He speaks Arabic. Dr. Ahdab is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, heart failure, coronary artery disease

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Dr. Michael Andrew Bresticker, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Michael Bresticker specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery and practices in Melrose Park, IL, La Grange, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. Dr. Bresticker is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Bresticker obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve disease, 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.
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