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

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

Dr. Alan Braverman is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Patients gave Dr. Braverman an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Gregory Ewald's medical specialty is adult cardiology and adult transplant hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ewald include heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ewald studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ewald is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Philip Ludbrook's specialty is adult cardiology. 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. Dr. Ludbrook's areas of expertise include congenital heart disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ludbrook is affiliated with 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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lasala's education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Aortic Aneurysm, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Aortic Dissection, Coronary Angioplasty, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ronald Krone works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Krone attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass cardiac catheterization. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krone honors. Dr. Krone is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include 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. Michael W Rich, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Rich's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rich include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rich graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 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. Robert E Kleiger, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Kleiger specializes in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kleiger include heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiger accepts. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Makan has indicated that his clinical interests include echocardiogram (echo). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of Panama School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Makan is conversant in Spanish. His 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's area of specialization is pediatric emergency medicine. His clinical interests encompass pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and emergency care. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Renz attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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.