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

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

Dr. Alan Braverman practices adult cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Braverman include heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. Dr. Braverman is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Braverman honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Joplin, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ewald is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic 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. Philip A Ludbrook, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Philip Ludbrook's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Ludbrook is especially interested in congenital heart disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ludbrook studied medicine at The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Adelaide 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's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include cardiac catheterization. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lasala obtained his medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart attack

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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Heart Care Institute, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Washington University Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krone honors. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Krone completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. Dr. Rich is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He 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: 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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kleiger include heart problems. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Kleiger attended Harvard Medical School. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Kleiger 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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Makan include echocardiogram (echo). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Washington University Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Makan takes. After attending the University of Panama School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Makan speaks Spanish.

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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. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Renz completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Renz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.