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We found 52 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 medical specialist in adult cardiology. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. These areas are among Dr. Mitschke's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitschke has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is 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. Hue-Teh Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Shih's clinical interests include ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Shih attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shih 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. Dr. Shih's hospital/clinic 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's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Mohsin's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and angioplasty. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mohsin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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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's specialty is pediatric cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Denfield include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). 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. Dr. Denfield takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

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

Dr. Amin Karim is an adult cardiology specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Karim include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and ValueOptions. He studied medicine at Dow Medical College. Dr. Karim completed his residency training at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In addition to English, Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Karim 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 works as an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and general internist in Houston, TX. Dr. Nishikawa attended Keio University for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, 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. Dr. Nishikawa has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to 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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Ugolini's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ugolini welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Sapienza University of Rome, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Ugolini has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Other, Nuclear Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Cyril Tawa works as an interventional cardiologist and nuclear medicine specialist in Cypress, TX and Houston, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Tawa speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Houston Methodist. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Tawa is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Tawa has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Ali Jalilian Marian, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ali Marian's specialties are general practice and adult cardiology. He practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Marian 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 attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Texas Heart Institute (THI), and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Marian's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypotension, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Genetic Issues, 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 areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine; he sees patients in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Barker attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Barker include heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Patients gave Dr. Barker an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Barker speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Barker 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's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Sartori's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and angioplasty. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sartori has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Parma Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Sartori (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Italian.

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

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

Dr. John Isaac sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Isaac's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patient reviews placed him 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. Isaac honors. Dr. Isaac studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Isaac completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart ... (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 in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Dr. Park's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is open to new patients. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Temple University Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (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 in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lisman attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Lisman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lisman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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

Dr. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Torre average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Torre honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Torre has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His professional 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. Karla Marie Kurrelmeyer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kurrelmeyer's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She accepts 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kurrelmeyer's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Aortic ... (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.