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We found 4 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna near Austin, TX.

Dr. David Michael Zientek, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. David Zientek is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Zientek's areas of expertise include holter monitoring, echocardiogram (echo), and cardiac catheterization. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Zientek graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Stress Testing, Heart Failure, Holter Monitoring, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Clay A Cauthen, MA, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 514
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Clay Cauthen, who practices in Austin, TX and Kyle, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cauthen include echocardiogram (echo) and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Cauthen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia, Dr. Cauthen attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure, diastolic heart failure, systolic heart failure

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Obesity, Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Transplant Procedures, Echocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen James Bekanich, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
601 E 15th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Bekanich works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist in Austin, TX. His areas of expertise include caregiver issues. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Bekanich is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and TriWest. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bekanich's office for an appointment. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Caregiver Issues, Heart Failure

Dr. Brian Lima, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1010 W 40th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Brian Lima practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery in Austin, TX and Dallas, TX. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Lima's areas of expertise include maze procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is affiliated with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. Before performing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Lima attended Duke University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Heart Failure?

Heart failure is a progressive disease where the heart muscle isn’t able to pump as effectively as it needs to. When a patient has heart failure, not enough blood is reaching the cells of the body to supply needed amounts of oxygen.

At the onset of heart failure, the body compensates for the reduced blood flow by enlarging the heart muscle, making the heart beat faster, or narrowing the blood vessels to increase blood pressure. Because the body is so adept at compensating for the early stages of heart failure, many people do not notice symptoms until they have been sick for some time. This is one reason annual check-ups are important, especially if you have any risk factors for heart disease. Symptoms a person might feel as heart failure progresses include fatigue, breathlessness, a rapid heartbeat, or swelling in the feet and legs.

A doctor can check for heart failure using blood tests, x-rays, an electrocardiogram, or an exercise stress test. If heart failure is diagnosed, lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, exercise, sodium restriction, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes are recommended in order to protect the heart. There are a large number of medications on the market that used to treat heart failure, in several different classes. Some of these are ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and statin drugs. Although it’s not as common, surgery will sometimes be recommended for heart failure, for example if a patient needs a transplant or bypass surgery.