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We found 5 providers with an interest in heart problems and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Taylor, TX.

Dr. Philip David Houck, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
403 Mallard Lane
Taylor, TX
 

Dr. Philip Houck is an adult cardiologist in Taylor, TX, Temple, TX, and Georgetown, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Houck accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Houck has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2011-2015; and Clinical Science Award.

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Relevant Interests: , myocarditis, heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, ischemic cardiomyopathy

All Interests: Myocarditis, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Angel Eduardo Caldera, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine
403 Mallard Lane
Taylor, TX
 

Dr. Angel Caldera is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Caldera attended Luis Razetti School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Cardiology, Houston, TX and Best Cardiology Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine. Section of Cardiology, Houston, TX. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Caldera is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Aortic Valve Surgery, Carotid Artery Stenting, Heart Valve Disease, Peripheral Vascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijay Ganesh Divakaran, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine
403 Mallard Lane
Taylor, TX
 

Dr. Vijay Divakaran is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular medicine (blood vessel disease) specialist. Dr. Divakaran is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Divakaran takes. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Richard Van Reet Award for Outstanding Interventional Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine; Outstanding Graduating Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine; and Chief Fellow Award, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010-2011. Dr. Divakaran (or staff) is conversant in Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Valve Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leticia Kontak Castillo Kontak, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
305 Mallard Lane
Taylor, TX
 

Dr. Leticia Castillo works as a cardiologist. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Castillo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Castillo (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, heart palpitations, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Chest Pain, Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Exercise ... (Read more)

Dr. Sumbal Khalid Khalid, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine
305 Mallard Lane
Taylor, TX
 

Dr. Sumbal Khan practices hospital medicine (hospitalist) in Taylor, TX and Round Rock, TX. After attending Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart failure, and pneumonia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Diabetes, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Pneumonia

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What are Heart Problems?

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. This smooth muscle expands and contracts rhythmically our entire lifetime, pumping blood to our lungs and then to every other cell in our body. When heart problems occur, it becomes difficult for the body to get the nutrients and oxygen it needs via the blood. So while there are a variety of illnesses and disorders that affect the heart, most of them make you feel weak, tired, and short of breath. The most common heart conditions include heart disease, angina, arrhythmia, and valve disorders.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. This includes coronary artery disease, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Some conditions, such as genetics, cannot be controlled. But there are many other things you can do to lower your risk for heart disease. Controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing or stopping smoking, exercising more and losing weight if needed, and eating a diet low in sodium can all protect your heart.

Angina is a squeezing type of chest pain that happens when the muscles around your heart don’t get enough oxygen. It can be regular or infrequent. Usually, angina is caused by coronary heart disease. However, not all chest pain is angina. Chest pain can also be caused by a lung infection or panic attack, for example, so it is important to have any sudden pain checked.

Arrhythmia is the word for when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or irregularly with skipped beats. It can feel frightening, and depending on the type it can be dangerous, but in most cases arrhythmia is not serious and can be treated. It is very common, especially in older adults.

Heart valve problems can happen in any one of the the heart’s four valves that keep blood flowing where it needs to go. Babies can be born with problems in their heart valves, or valves can be damaged by infections. The valves can stiffen and become less mobile, or they can stop closing properly and ‘leak’ when the heart beats. Valve problems can usually be repaired surgically.