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We found 6 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2211 E Broadway Street
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan, who practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Colin Macleod Barker, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 230
Pearland, 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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All Interests: Stents, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Su-Min Min Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 230
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Su-Min Chang's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and general internal medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Chang performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chang is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Murdoch Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
8520 W. Broadway; Suite 230
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt practices adult cardiology in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Pratt's clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Pratt is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Miguel Adolfa Quinones, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2950 Cullen Parkway; Suite 111
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Quinones' medical specialty is adult cardiology. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Quinones honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Quinones is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Quinones's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sherif Fathalla Nagueh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 230
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Sherif Nagueh is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Nagueh is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nagueh 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: Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Arrhythmias, ... (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.