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We found 50 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 practices adult cardiology. Dr. Mitschke's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Mitschke is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Mitschke's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Stents, ... (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 specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology and practices in Tomball, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mohsin honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Mohsin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Susan Denfield practices pediatric cardiology in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Denfield include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. Dr. Denfield's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Denfield takes. She is open to new patients. Dr. Denfield graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Denfield has received professional recognition including the following: 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 Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. After attending Taipei Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shih's areas of expertise include the following: ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shih include: American Federation For Clinical Research; Trainee Award; and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs. In addition to English, Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Shih is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Amin Karim specializes in adult cardiology. In addition to English, Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karim include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Karim's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Karim's education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, ValueOptions, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Akira Nishikawa's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine. After completing medical school at Keio University, he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Nishikawa accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Nishikawa welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

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

Dr. Valentina Ugolini's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Ugolini attended Sapienza University of Rome and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Her areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ugolini has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ugolini's practice 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 works as an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and general internist in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Barker's areas of expertise consist of heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Barker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He 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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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

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

Dr. Michele Sartori is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sartori include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and angioplasty. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Parma Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Sartori (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Sartori's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Myung Park practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Park's clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Park is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Park completed a residency program at Temple University Hospital. 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. Douglas R Bree, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; #620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Bree specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Houston, TX. He attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Bree completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bree include renal angioplasty, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and mitral valve prolapse. On average, patients gave Dr. Bree a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Torre's areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Torre is a graduate of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His 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. David Zhenghan Yao, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Yao is a specialist in adult cardiology. He is especially interested in heart failure, mitral valve disease, and heart attack. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yao honors. Dr. Yao graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Yao is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Maher M Nasser, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maher Nasser is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nasser include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Nasser's practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine and Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Stents, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Shehzad Sami, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shehzad Sami sees patients in Baytown, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: mitral valve prolapse, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Sami is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Wounds, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Arlie Lisman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
6400 Fannin; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Lisman is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patient reviews placed Dr. Lisman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lisman takes. Dr. Lisman studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lisman has an open panel.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Angiogram, ... (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.