We found 4 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna Medicare near Annapolis, MD.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Kelley Sullivan is an adult cardiology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Sullivan include heart failure, women's heart disease, and preventive cardiology. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Medical Group. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Sullivan is rated highly by her patients. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Stress Testing, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Lawrence Jacobs is an adult cardiology specialist in Annapolis, MD and Chester, MD. Patient ratings for Dr. Jacobs average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jacobs's areas of expertise include the following: heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive cardiology. He is affiliated with MedStar Medical Group. Dr. Jacobs accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Preventive Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Cardiac Imaging, Stress ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Jennifer Brown's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Dr. Brown's areas of expertise include the following: advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and cardiomyopathy. Dr. Brown's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brown accepts. Dr. Brown attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Brown completed Dr. Brown's residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Brown is affiliated with MedStar Medical Group. Dr. Brown has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Echocardiogram, Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Stress Testing, Women's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Barbara Bean is a cardiologist in Annapolis, MD and Chester, MD. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bean include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and women's heart disease. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. She is affiliated with MedStar Medical Group. Dr. Bean is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Women's Heart Disease, Preventive Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart ... (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.
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