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Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
270 South Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ignacio Duarte's specialties are general surgery, cardiology (heart disease), and cardiothoracic surgery. He practices in Brandon, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Duarte attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Duarte speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, aortic stenosis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
270 South Moon Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Bradley Bufkin's areas of specialization are general surgery, cardiology (heart disease), and cardiothoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart valve disease. Dr. Bufkin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease, angina, aortic stenosis, heart attack, mitral valve disease, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis, Transcatheter Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Gerard Izzo Jr., MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1218 Millennium Parkway
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Edward Izzo is a vascular surgeon, trauma surgeon, and chest surgeon in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Izzo include bypass surgery, cancer, and heart problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Izzo attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Izzo speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems

All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Problems, Aortic Disease, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Cancer

Dr. Stephen W Mester, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Mester is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist. Dr. Mester is rated highly by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease, cardiac electrophysiological study, and electrocardiogram (EKG). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Mester's hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Electrophysiological Study, Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Internal Medicine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1218 Millennium Parkway
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire is a vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Alkire's areas of expertise include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Alkire attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. Dr. Alkire has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , aortic valve disease

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hoshedar P Tamboli, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Hoshedar Tamboli's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Brandon, FL, Sun City Center, FL, and Riverview, FL. After completing medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune, he performed his residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Sassoon General Hospital. His areas of expertise include heart valve disease, cardiac electrophysiological study, and electrocardiogram (EKG). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tamboli honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Tamboli's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure, heart valve disease

All Interests: Implantable Loop Recorder, Hypertension, Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Internal Medicine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rolando D Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Rolando Rodriguez's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease and internal medicine. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Duke University Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Internal Medicine, Heart Valve Disease

Dr. Robert Martin Betzu, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Robert Betzu's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Betzu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart valve disease, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and women's heart disease. Dr. Betzu is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Betzu completed a residency program at New York Methodist Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure, heart valve disease, women's heart disease

All Interests: Women's Heart Disease, Stress Testing, Internal Medicine, Heart Failure, Electrocardiogram, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Magan L Bakarania, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
320 Oakfield Drive; Suite A
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Magan Bakarania, who practices in Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bakarania include heart valve disease, internal medicine, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Bakarania honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College. Dr. Bakarania (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure, heart valve disease, angina

All Interests: Hypertension, Internal Medicine, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Angina

Dr. Sameer Husainuddin Nagamia, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2020 Town Center Boulevard
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Sameer Nagamia practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In his practice, Dr. Nagamia focuses on peripheral artery disease (PAD) and heart failure. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and Florida Medical Clinic. Dr. Nagamia takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn, Dr. Nagamia attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Peripheral Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Shahid Shafiq Malik, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1134 Kyle Wood Lane
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Shahid Malik is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Malik (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Malik's clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), dizziness, and holter monitoring. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. He is a graduate of the University of the Punjab. He completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. Dr. Malik is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

All Interests: Dizziness, Arrhythmias, Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Internal Medicine, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Umesh Linge Gowda, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Umesh Gowda's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gowda include heart valve disease and echocardiogram (echo). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Gowda attended Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. Dr. Gowda (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South.

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Relevant Interests: , heart problems, heart valve disease

All Interests: Heart Problems, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram

Dr. Robert M Dewhurst, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Robert Dewhurst sees patients in Brandon, FL, Sun City Center, FL, and Riverview, FL. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Dewhurst's areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease and pacemaker implantation. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Dewhurst trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Valve Disease, Pacemaker Implantation

Dr. Ranchhod N Khant, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Ranchhod Khant is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Khant's clinical interests include heart valve disease, cardiac electrophysiological study, and electrocardiogram (EKG). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of B.J. Medical College and a graduate of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Khant is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure, heart valve disease

All Interests: Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Internal Medicine, Heart Failure, Electrocardiogram, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Tehreen Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Tehreen Khan specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Khan's areas of clinical interest consist of heart valve disease and echocardiogram (echo). She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram

Dr. Saurabh K Chokshi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
635 Eichenfeld Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Saurabh Chokshi is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist. Dr. Chokshi speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include heart valve disease, cardiac electrophysiological study, and angioplasty. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, South Bay Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Chokshi graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. He completed his residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chokshi honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , heart valve disease

All Interests: Cardiac Electrophysiological Study, Internal Medicine, Heart Valve Disease, Angioplasty

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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.
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