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We found 8 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Unicare near Hammond, IN.

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

Dr. Guy Randolph's specialty is pediatric cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in newborn care, congenital heart disease, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Randolph performed his residency at Mayo Clinic and Texas Children's Hospital. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Randolph has an open panel.

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

Dr. Mohamad Alahdab is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Alahdab include heart failure, second opinions, and coronary artery disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Alahdab a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alahdab takes. Dr. Alahdab is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). He speaks Arabic. Dr. Alahdab is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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

All Interests: Second Opinions, Heart Problems, Consultation, Heart Failure, Endovascular Procedures, Vascular ... (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. These areas are among his clinical interests: fetal echocardiography and congenital heart disease. Dr. Weigel's professional affiliations include 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 rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weigel has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, congenital heart disease

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

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

Dr. Peter Koenig is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. Dr. Koenig's areas of expertise include heart problems, fetal echocardiography, and cardiac (heart) MRI. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Koenig's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Delnor Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

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

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

Dr. Patroklos Pappas is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. Dr. Pappas's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Pappas has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Pappas speaks Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Repair, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic Valve Disease, Heart ... (Read more)

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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bresticker include heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bresticker is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Bresticker trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve disease, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Surgery, Aortic Valve Disease, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Roger Barksdale, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Andrew Barksdale's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Barksdale include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), pleurectomy, and lung cancer surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis. Dr. Barksdale attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Barksdale trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, infective endocarditis, atrial fibrillation

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Infective Endocarditis, Repeat ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paul Gordon is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gordon has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Dr. Gordon attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. 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 has an open panel.

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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.