We found 54 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Susan Denfield's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Denfield include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. She is affiliated with Texas Children's West Tower, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Denfield welcomes 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 the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

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

Dr. Myung Park, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. She obtained her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Temple University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Park include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Park is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Amin Karim works as a cardiologist in Houston, TX. Patients gave Dr. Karim an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and ValueOptions. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Karim (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Karim is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Colin Barker's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Barker's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Barker has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Barker welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Valentina Ugolini's specialty is adult cardiology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Ugolini include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ugolini 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. Ugolini accepts. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ugolini is a graduate of 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. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Aneurysm, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (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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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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Dr. John Charles Isaac, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Isaac is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Isaac accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Isaac trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Isaac is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, ... (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. Akira Nishikawa, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Akira Nishikawa is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Nishikawa is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Keio University. Dr. Nishikawa's residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer is a specialist in adult cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kurrelmeyer average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Kurrelmeyer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kurrelmeyer has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kurrelmeyer is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6400 Fannin; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Hausknecht practices adult cardiology. Dr. Hausknecht's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Hausknecht has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hausknecht's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Aortic Aneurysm, Stent, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, ... (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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