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 a cardiologist and transplant hepatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ewald include heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. Dr. Ewald is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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

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

Dr. Robert Kleiger specializes in adult cardiology. His clinical interests include heart problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Kleiger is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kleiger is not currently accepting new patients. He studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Kleiger completed residency programs 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. Philip A Ludbrook, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Philip Ludbrook specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. He is especially interested in congenital heart disease. He is professionally affiliated with Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ludbrook honors. Dr. Ludbrook studied medicine at The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences. His residency was performed at Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Michael Rich is an adult cardiologist in Saint Louis, MO. He has a special interest in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Rich accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at 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 specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. His clinical interests include heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. Dr. Braverman is professionally affiliated with Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Braverman trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Braverman's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. John M Lasala, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Lasala specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Lasala has a special interest in cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He accepts 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. His medical residency was performed 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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Heart Care Institute, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Krone takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Krone is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Krone trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is conversant in French.

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

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

Dr. Majesh Makan is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Makan attended the University of Panama School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He has a special interest in echocardiogram (echo). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Makan speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Heart and Vascular Center.

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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 Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Renz's clinical interests include pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and emergency care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Renz is an in-network provider for 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.
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