We found 9 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept HealthLink 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 works as an adult cardiologist and transplant hepatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ewald include heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ewald is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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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 is an adult cardiology specialist. Dr. Rich has a special interest in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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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 a specialist in adult cardiology. The average patient rating for Dr. Braverman is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Braverman has a special interest in heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Braverman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, 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. Philip A Ludbrook, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Philip Ludbrook is an adult cardiology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ludbrook include congenital heart disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences. His residency was performed at Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital. Dr. Ludbrook's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, 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 Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Lasala's clinical interests encompass cardiac catheterization. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and 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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krone include cardiac catheterization. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Krone speaks 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. Robert E Kleiger, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Kleiger is a specialist 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 honors. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kleiger's training includes residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is not accepting 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 sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Makan speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass echocardiogram (echo). He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Washington University Physicians. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Panama School of Medicine and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Makan is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in pediatric emergency medicine. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His clinical interests include pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and emergency care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Renz takes. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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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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