We found 22 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Hue-Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
6400 Fannin; #2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm); he sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shih include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Shih is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Taipei Medical University and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Shih an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His distinctions include: American Federation For Clinical Research Trainee Award and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs Affiliate-In-Training Travel Award. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Charles Mitschke, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1631 North Loop W; #520
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Mitschke specializes in adult cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mitschke average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Mitschke's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Mitschke performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Stent, ... (Read more)

Dr. George P Mammen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Mammen practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. On average, patients gave Dr. Mammen a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mammen include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Mammen's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, High Cholesterol, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajen Kanu Mehta, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rajen Mehta's medical specialty is adult cardiology. On average, patients gave Dr. Mehta a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mehta's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Preventive Cardiology, Coronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Attiya Shaheen Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
1631 North Loop W; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Attiya Khan's area of specialization is adult cardiology. She graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women and then she performed her residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include holter monitoring, angioplasty, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Khan is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Hypertension, Stent, Heart Failure, Peripheral Angioplasty, Electrocardiogram, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip C Haas, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2000 Crawford Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Philip Haas' specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Haas accepts. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Haas attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Haas's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Masroor Abdul-Qadir Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Masroor Khan specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include heart failure, angioplasty, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Khan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Stent, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anil C Odhav, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anil Odhav's specialty is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Odhav include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Odhav's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Zambia School of Medicine. Dr. Odhav's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Odhav honors. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Surgical Procedures, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Pareshkumar K Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2000 Crawford Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Pareshkumar Patel's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Patel studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Y Sunew, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Sunew practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Fulshear, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Sunew is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Sunew performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Attack, ... (Read more)

Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balakrishnan include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Balakrishnan obtained his medical school training at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Biswajit Kar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Biswajit Kar specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Houston, TX. He has indicated that his clinical interests include advanced heart failure. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Kar attended medical school at the University of Delhi. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. Dr. Kar has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC).

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure

All Interests: Advanced Heart Failure

Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6410 Fannin Street; 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer's specialty is adult cardiology. In his practice, Dr. Taegtmeyer focuses on diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. Dr. Taegtmeyer is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Texas Heart Institute (THI), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before performing his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Taegtmeyer attended the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Failure

Dr. Leo Simpson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1290
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Leo Simpson is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Simpson is affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI) and CHI St. Luke's Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson honors. He graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure, heart failure

All Interests: Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Electrophysiological Study, Heart Failure, Percutaneous Coronary ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew B Civitello, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1200 Binz Street; Suite #1290
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andrew Civitello is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Civitello include advanced heart failure. Dr. Civitello is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Civitello completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure

All Interests: Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Catheterization, Mechanical Circulatory Support ... (Read more)

Dr. Kennedy R Thiagarajan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2000 Crawford Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kennedy Thiagarajan's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Thiagarajan include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and heart attack. Dr. Thiagarajan is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thiagarajan accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Brain AVM, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, ... (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.
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