We found 55 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Michael Mitschke's specialty is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mitschke include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Mitschke is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Mitschke attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitschke has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mitschke's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Susan Warren Denfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Susan Denfield is a physician who specializes in pediatric cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Denfield include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). Dr. Denfield accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Denfield is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Denfield attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Hue-Teh Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Dr. Shih's education and training includes medical school at Taipei Medical University and residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shih accepts 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. Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Jamil Chaudhry Mohsin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
6550 Fannin; Smith Tower 1901
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jamil Mohsin is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mohsin include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. Dr. Mohsin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Patient ratings for Dr. Mohsin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mohsin 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. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Amin Haji Karim, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Amin Karim's area of specialization is adult cardiology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Karim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, ValueOptions, and more. Before performing his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Dr. Karim attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Karim is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Stress Testing, Stent, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Valentina Ugolini is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Her areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ugolini is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Sapienza University of Rome. Dr. Ugolini's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ugolini accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Michele P Sartori, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michele Sartori is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Sartori (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and angioplasty. Dr. Sartori is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He graduated from the University of Parma Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Sartori is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Angiogram, Stent, Arrhythmias, ... (Read more)

Dr. Akira Nishikawa, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Akira Nishikawa is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Nishikawa takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nishikawa's office for an appointment. He attended Keio University for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive ... (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. Dr. Barker's areas of clinical interest consist of heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Barker average 4.5 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. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Barker has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Barker is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Anil Odhav specializes in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Odhav include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave Dr. Odhav a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zambia School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Odhav has an open panel.

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

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. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torre include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Torre's professional affiliations include Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Torre accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mammen honors. Dr. Mammen is a graduate of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Myung Park's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Her areas of expertise include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Dr. Park's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (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 is an adult cardiology specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Patient ratings for Dr. Mehta average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Mehta's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Preventive Cardiology, Coronary ... (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 specialties are adult cardiology and general internal medicine. Dr. Chang's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Chang average 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 is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. John Charles Isaac, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Isaac's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Isaac include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Isaac attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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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