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 is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Mitschke's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Mitschke is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Mitschke's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Susan Denfield practices pediatric cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Denfield's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Denfield attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Denfield is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). She is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. His areas of expertise include the following: ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Shih's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After completing medical school at Taipei Medical University, he 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shih has received professional recognition including the following: American Federation For Clinical Research; Trainee Award; and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Mohsin include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Mohsin attended Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mohsin's office for an appointment.

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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 practices adult cardiology in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Karim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and ValueOptions. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Karim is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Karim's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Nishikawa studied medicine at Keio University. His training includes a residency program 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 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 following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a cardiologist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Ugolini attended medical school at Sapienza University of Rome. Her areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Ugolini takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Ugolini is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and angioplasty. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Sartori is a graduate of the University of Parma Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Sartori (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Sartori is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Angiogram, Stents, Arrhythmias, ... (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. Dr. Barker's areas of clinical interest consist of heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Barker speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Torre include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Torre is professionally affiliated with 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. Maher M Nasser, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Maher Nasser is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine and Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Nasser's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nasser honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. John Isaac specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Houston, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Isaac attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave Dr. Isaac a rating of 4.0 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. Isaac is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. David Zhenghan Yao, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Yao is a cardiologist. His clinical interests include heart failure, mitral valve disease, and heart attack. Dr. Yao is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Myung Park's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; she sees patients in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Park include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Park is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Park's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Douglas R Bree, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; #620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Bree practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bree attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and mitral valve prolapse. Dr. Bree is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Bree is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bree's 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 is an adult cardiologist and general internist. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. Dr. Chang is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. Chang has an open panel.

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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.