We found 21 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Plan near Redwood City, CA.

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Dr. Vivian Wen I Tsai, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue; 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Vivian Tsai's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Tsai is conversant in Mandarin. Clinical interests for Dr. Tsai include heart problems. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. On average, patients gave Dr. Tsai a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai honors. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger Allan Winkle, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Roger Winkle's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Winkle is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Winkle is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Holistic Approaches, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Huang Szu-Min Kong, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Kong is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Kong's areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Kong attended Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Kong is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynnette W Lissin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Lynnette Lissin sees patients in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Her medical specialty is adult cardiology. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Lissin's areas of expertise include heart problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lissin at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Lissin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. Dr. Lissin's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith is a specialist in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and nuclear scan. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Girish A Narayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Girish Narayan practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Narayan attended Harvard Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated Dr. Narayan highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Narayan is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is conversant in Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Nuclear Stress Test, Stent Placement, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Drug ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Allen Ruder, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Michael Ruder specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Ruder has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems and nuclear scan. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing his residency at Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Ruder attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Donald Anthony St. Claire Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Donald St Claire practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In his practice, Dr. St Claire focuses on heart problems and cardiac catheterization. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. St Claire accepts. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. St Claire is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Jared James Herr, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Jared Herr's specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Herr has a special interest in heart problems. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Herr attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Herr's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure, heart failure

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Dr. Bruce Allan Benedick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Benedick is a specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. His clinical interests include heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Benedick attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Benedick is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. William L Mullen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. William Mullen's specialty is adult cardiology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mullen average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in heart problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Dr. Mullen attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Mullen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Attack

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Aria Dibiase is a Palo Alto, CA physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: heart transplant, heart failure, and heart valve disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dibiase accepts. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Dibiase performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
87 Encina Avenue; Encina Building, Level 1
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Cheena Ramrakhiani works as an adult cardiologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Ramrakhiani is 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include heart problems. Dr. Ramrakhiani honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Ramrakhiani is a graduate of SMS Medical College, Jaipur. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Ramrakhiani (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital (MPSH), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ramrakhiani's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Renee Marie Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Renee Rodriguez is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez has indicated that her clinical interests include heart problems. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert Hardwin Mead, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Robert Mead's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and Monterey, CA. Dr. Mead has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Mead is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

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Dr. Gregory Engel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Engel sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA, San Jose, CA, and Redwood City, CA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Clinical interests for Dr. Engel include heart problems and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Engel honors. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Engel performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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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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