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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's medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is a graduate of Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Balakrishnan trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Balakrishnan's areas of expertise include the following: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Balakrishnan welcomes 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's specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and general internal medicine. He practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. Dr. Barker has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Barker is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Barker is professionally 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. 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; he sees patients in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Dr. Chang's areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Chang trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang has an open panel.

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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 specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Pratt studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pratt honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His 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 specializes in adult cardiology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Quinones's clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Quinones has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 physician who specializes in adult cardiology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nagueh include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He 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. Dr. Nagueh attended medical school at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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.