We found 3 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Health Alliance Plan near Detroit, MI.

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Dr. Luis Celestino Afonso, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4100 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Luis Afonso is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. He has a special interest in heart failure. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Afonso (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Peripheral Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Preventive Cardiology, Echocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Rubin, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Michael Rubin practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, Dr. Rubin attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is especially interested in glaucoma, heart failure, and comprehensive ophthalmology. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Retina Problems, Glaucoma, Heart Failure

Dr. Frank M Clark, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3130 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Frank Clark specializes in family medicine and practices in Detroit, MI. Dr. Clark's clinical interests include colposcopy, depression, and adolescent gynecology. He takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit).

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Graves Disease, Guillain-Barre ... (Read more)

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What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a progressive disease where the heart muscle isn’t able to pump as effectively as it needs to. When a patient has heart failure, not enough blood is reaching the cells of the body to supply needed amounts of oxygen.

At the onset of heart failure, the body compensates for the reduced blood flow by enlarging the heart muscle, making the heart beat faster, or narrowing the blood vessels to increase blood pressure. Because the body is so adept at compensating for the early stages of heart failure, many people do not notice symptoms until they have been sick for some time. This is one reason annual check-ups are important, especially if you have any risk factors for heart disease. Symptoms a person might feel as heart failure progresses include fatigue, breathlessness, a rapid heartbeat, or swelling in the feet and legs.

A doctor can check for heart failure using blood tests, x-rays, an electrocardiogram, or an exercise stress test. If heart failure is diagnosed, lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes are recommended in order to protect the heart. There are a large number of medications on the market that used to treat heart failure, in several different classes. Some of these are ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and statin drugs. Although it’s not as common, surgery will sometimes be recommended for heart failure, for example if a patient needs a transplant or bypass surgery.
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