We found 9 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept Alliance PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Gregory A Ewald, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Ewald practices adult cardiology and adult transplant hepatology. His areas of expertise include the following: heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. Dr. Ewald honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Ewald attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Ewald's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael W Rich, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Rich's medical specialty is adult cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Rich's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rich honors. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Rich trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan C Braverman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alan Braverman is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. Dr. Braverman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Braverman's medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Lung Problems, Heart Failure, Marfan Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip A Ludbrook, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Philip Ludbrook is a cardiologist. Before completing his residency at Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr. Ludbrook attended medical school at The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ludbrook include congenital heart disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ludbrook's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. John M Lasala, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Lasala sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lasala takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lasala attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Aortic Aneurysm, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald J Krone, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ronald Krone's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is especially interested in cardiac catheterization. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Krone graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Krone speaks French. He is affiliated with Heart Care Institute, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Arrhythmias, Pulmonary Hypertension, Symptoms, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Attack, Angina, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert E Kleiger, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Kleiger specializes in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kleiger include heart problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Kleiger honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time. After attending Harvard Medical School, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Problems, Exercise Stress Test, Heart Failure, Echocardiogram, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Majesh Makan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Majesh Makan's specialty is adult cardiology. He is especially interested in echocardiogram (echo). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Makan takes. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Makan attended medical school at the University of Panama School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Makan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Dobutamine Stress Echo, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Diastolic Heart Failure, Heart Attack, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas Robert Renz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Nicholas Renz is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist in Saint Louis, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and emergency care. Dr. Renz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Renz trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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All Interests: Heart Attack, Pulmonary Embolism, Emergency Care

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What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical event that happens when the blood supplying oxygen to the heart is cut off, usually because of a blockage in an artery. This results in damage or death of part of the heart muscle. The heart can heal, but like any part of the body that was injured it leaves a scar. This scar tissue does not contract effectively, so the ability of the heart to pump is lowered after a heart attack.

A heart attack, sometimes called a myocardial infarction, can happen without warning. However there are certain factors that raise the risk of heart attack. Some of these are:
  • Age
  • Gender (most heart attack sufferers are male)
  • A family history of heart attacks
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices (lack of exercise, poor diet, too much alcohol or stress)

Heart attacks typically feel like pain or pressure in the chest that can radiate out to the back, arm, or jaw. Some other symptoms can include fatigue or weakness, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.

Treatment aims to increase blood flow to the heart muscle by opening up blocked blood vessels. Medications are sometimes used to dissolve clots in the arteries. Aspirin and other medications such as Plavix can thin the blood and make clots less likely to form. Dilators can widen blood vessels to make room for more blood to flow. Doctors can also use a procedure called catheterization to look at the blood vessels around the heart directly, place stents, or widen vessels using angioplasty. In extreme cases bypass surgery can be used to help blood flow better. After recovery, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle and take any prescribed medications in order to protect the heart.
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