We found 24 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's specialty is adult cardiology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ugolini's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. After completing medical school at Sapienza University of Rome, Dr. Ugolini performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ugolini is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine and practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Barker is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Barker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Barker honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is open to new patients.

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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 an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Torre is a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Torre's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Park is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Park's clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Park is accepting new patients. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Bree accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bree's education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and general internal medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chang's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chang is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Houston, TX. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kleiman's areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiman takes. Dr. Kleiman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is 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 works as a cardiologist and internist. Patient ratings for Dr. Kurrelmeyer average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kurrelmeyer include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is 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. Kurrelmeyer accepts. She is open to new patients. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated Dr. Zoghbi highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Zoghbi is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Zoghbi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 medical specialty is adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Shah studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. The average patient rating for Dr. Shah is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Kunapuli's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kunapuli has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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's area of specialization is adult cardiology. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Pratt accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Pratt is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Quinones's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Quinones takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Mahmarian is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahmarian include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mahmarian honors 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. He is a graduate of New York Medical College.

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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
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Winters' medical specialty is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Winters include heart valve disease, heart failure, and stroke. Dr. Winters accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Winters attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

Dr. Anton Peter Nielsen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anton Nielsen is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nielsen takes. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, ... (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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