We found 9 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept HealthLink PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Gregory A Ewald, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Ewald is an adult cardiology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart transplant, heart failure, and endocarditis. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Ewald is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Ewald attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert E Kleiger, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Kleiger is a Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kleiger include heart problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiger accepts. Dr. Kleiger attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. His professional affiliations include Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Kleiger is not accepting new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Problems, Exercise Stress Test, Heart Failure, Echocardiogram, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip A Ludbrook, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Philip Ludbrook's specialty is adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include congenital heart disease. Dr. Ludbrook honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr. Ludbrook attended The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Michael W Rich, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Michael Rich sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rich include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Rich's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan C Braverman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alan Braverman's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and a graduate of Brigham and Women's Hospital's residency program. His clinical interests include heart valve disease, heart failure, and marfan syndrome. The average patient rating for Dr. Braverman is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Lung Problems, Heart Failure, Marfan Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Lasala, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. John Lasala is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Lasala include cardiac catheterization. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lasala is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Lasala's hospital/clinic affiliations include Heart and Vascular Center, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Aortic Aneurysm, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald J Krone, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ronald Krone is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His areas of expertise include cardiac catheterization. Dr. Krone is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Krone speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Heart Care Institute, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and Heart and Vascular Center.

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All Interests: Arrhythmias, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Attack, Angina, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Majesh Makan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Majesh Makan is an adult cardiology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Makan focuses on echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Makan is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Heart Care Institute, and Heart and Vascular Center. He studied medicine at the University of Panama School of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Makan honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Dobutamine Stress Echo, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Diastolic Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Nicholas Robert Renz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Nicholas Renz is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist. His areas of clinical interest consist of pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and emergency care. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Renz is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Renz trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Attack, Pulmonary Embolism, Emergency Care

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What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical event that happens when the blood supplying oxygen to the heart is cut off, usually because of a blockage in an artery. This results in damage or death of part of the heart muscle. The heart can heal, but like any part of the body that was injured it leaves a scar. This scar tissue does not contract effectively, so the ability of the heart to pump is lowered after a heart attack.

A heart attack, sometimes called a myocardial infarction, can happen without warning. However there are certain factors that raise the risk of heart attack. Some of these are:
  • Age
  • Gender (most heart attack sufferers are male)
  • A family history of heart attacks
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices (lack of exercise, poor diet, too much alcohol or stress)

Heart attacks typically feel like pain or pressure in the chest that can radiate out to the back, arm, or jaw. Some other symptoms can include fatigue or weakness, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.

Treatment aims to increase blood flow to the heart muscle by opening up blocked blood vessels. Medications are sometimes used to dissolve clots in the arteries. Aspirin and other medications such as Plavix can thin the blood and make clots less likely to form. Dilators can widen blood vessels to make room for more blood to flow. Doctors can also use a procedure called catheterization to look at the blood vessels around the heart directly, place stents, or widen vessels using angioplasty. In extreme cases bypass surgery can be used to help blood flow better. After recovery, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle and take any prescribed medications in order to protect the heart.
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