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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 works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX. Dr. Balakrishnan's areas of expertise include the following: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Balakrishnan attended Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency.

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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 practices adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Barker include heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Barker is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Barker at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network 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. Dr. Barker's practice is open to 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. The average patient rating for Dr. Chang is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chang include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang accepts. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 is an adult cardiology specialist. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Pratt include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Pratt's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Pratt's practice 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' area of specialization is adult cardiology. His clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Quinones has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Quinones is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Nagueh's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nagueh accepts. Dr. Nagueh attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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.