We found 4 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna near Austin, TX.

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Dr. David M Zientek, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. David Zientek works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Dr. Zientek has a special interest in holter monitoring, echocardiogram (echo), and cardiac catheterization. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Southwest Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Zientek attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , heart failure

All Interests: Stress Testing, Heart Failure, Holter Monitoring, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Clay A Cauthen, MA, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 514
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Clay Cauthen practices adult cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology in Kyle, TX and Austin, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of echocardiogram (echo) and cardiac catheterization. He is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Southwest Hospital. Dr. Cauthen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cauthen is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , advanced heart failure, diastolic heart failure, systolic heart failure

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Obesity, Heart Transplant, Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Echocardiogram, Advanced ... (Read more)

Dr. Raymond Emile Bietry III, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
1301 West 38th Street; Suite 500
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Bietry specializes in adult cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bietry include heart transplant, heart failure, and left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Dr. Bietry is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Williamson. Dr. Bietry's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Right Heart Catheterization, Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen J Bekanich, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
601 E 15th Street
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Bekanich's medical specialty is hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness). In his practice, he is particularly interested in caregiver issues. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Bekanich attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. Dr. Bekanich is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Caregiver Issues, Heart Failure

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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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