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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Zientek include holter monitoring, echocardiogram (echo), and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Zientek is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is accepting new patients.

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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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in echocardiogram (echo) and cardiac catheterization. Dr. Cauthen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Cauthen is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He welcomes new patients.

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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. In Dr. Bekanich's practice, he is particularly interested in caregiver issues. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Bekanich is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Bekanich trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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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 is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Lima's clinical interests include maze procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. Dr. Lima's education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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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.