We found 5 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna near Austin, TX.

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

Dr. David Zientek practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Zientek is especially interested in holter monitoring, echocardiogram (echo), and cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Zientek attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center for residency.

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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's area of specialization is adult cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Cauthen's clinical interests: echocardiogram (echo) and cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cauthen trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Raymond Emile Bietry III, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1301 West 38th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Bietry is an adult cardiology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Bietry's clinical interests: heart transplant, heart failure, and left ventricular assist device (LVAD). He is in-network for Amerigroup, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bietry's training includes a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Ventricular Assist Device, Left Ventricular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Lima specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Austin, TX and Dallas, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: maze procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Lima honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Lima has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Stephen Bekanich specializes in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). Dr. Bekanich 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. His areas of expertise include caregiver issues. Coventry, TRICARE, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bekanich takes. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Caregiver Issues, Heart Failure

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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.
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