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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 is an adult cardiologist in Houston, TX. After attending Sapienza University of Rome for medical school, Dr. Ugolini completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Ugolini average 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Ugolini is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine. He practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Barker has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Barker is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Barker is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Stents, 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Torre is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Torre takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Torre's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Park's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Park accepts. Her practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Park's training includes a residency program 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 works as a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Bree's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and mitral valve prolapse. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Bree has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 areas of specialization are adult cardiology and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Dr. Chang's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Chang trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Kleiman's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kleiman has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult cardiology and general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Kurrelmeyer is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Kurrelmeyer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kurrelmeyer attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Zoghbi include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Zoghbi is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. On average, patients gave Dr. Zoghbi a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His practice is open to 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 is an adult cardiology specialist in Houston, TX. He attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His 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. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kunapuli include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. Dr. Kunapuli is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. 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. Dr. Kunapuli welcomes 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 specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Pratt studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pratt honors 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Quinones's clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Quinones has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahmarian's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mahmarian is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at 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 is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Winters include heart valve disease, heart failure, and stroke. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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 practices adult cardiology in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Nielsen's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Nielsen is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nielsen's office for an appointment.

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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.