We found 2 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Health Net POS near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Amin Karim's specialty is adult cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Karim's areas of expertise include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and ValueOptions. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Karim studied medicine at Dow Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Karim completed a residency program at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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, who practices in Houston, TX, Bellville, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Mitschke's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patients gave him an average rating of 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. Mitschke has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mitschke's office for an appointment.

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