We found 26 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept CIGNA Choice Fund near Houston, TX.

Dr. Valentina Ugolini, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Valentina Ugolini is an adult cardiology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ugolini include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ugolini accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Ugolini graduated from Sapienza University of Rome and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Aneurysm, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Colin Macleod Barker, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Colin Barker's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Barker is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Barker accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Barker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Barker has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Stent, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Torre's clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Torre has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Myung Hee Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Myung Park's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Park's education and training includes medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and residency at Temple University Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas R Bree, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; #620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Bree practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Bree is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bree takes. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bree attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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

Dr. Su-Min Min Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine
6550 Fannin Sm 677
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Su-Min Chang specializes in adult cardiology and general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Dr. Chang has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Chang's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chang is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Neal S Kleiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street; F1035
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Neal Kleiman's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Kleiman is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiman honors. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kleiman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Karla Marie Kurrelmeyer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Kurrelmeyer include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Kurrelmeyer has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurrelmeyer takes. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kurrelmeyer has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. William Antoine Zoghbi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Zoghbi practices adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Zoghbi accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Zoghbi has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zoghbi is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Dipan Jogendra Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dipan Shah's specialty is adult cardiology. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Shah is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Shah's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sanjay Kunapuli, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sanjay Kunapuli's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Kunapuli is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kunapuli attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Murdoch Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt works as a cardiologist in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pratt's clinical interests include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Pratt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Miguel Adolfa Quinones, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Quinones specializes in adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Quinones average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Quinones has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. John Joseph Mahmarian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Mahmarian's specialties are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He practices in Houston, TX. Patients gave Dr. Mahmarian an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mahmarian's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Aneurysm, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. William Lewis Winters Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6550 Fannin; Suite 1901
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Winters' medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Winters's areas of expertise consist of heart valve disease, heart failure, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Heart Valve Disease, Heart Problems, Stroke, Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Sherif Fathalla Nagueh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sherif Nagueh, who practices in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nagueh's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Nagueh has an open panel.

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All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Arrhythmias, ... (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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