We found 2 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Aetna Gold EPO near Dallas, TX.

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Paul Grayburn MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX

Dr. Paul Grayburn is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, rheumatic heart disease, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Dr. Grayburn is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Grayburn is professionally affiliated with Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Heart Failure

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Women's Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiac Stress Testing, Nuclear Stress T ... (Read more)

William G Jones II MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1151 North Buckner Boulevard; Suite 408
Dallas, TX

Dr. William Jones is a specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jones include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, heart bypass surgery (CABG), and heart attack. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Jones speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Lake Pointe Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Heart Failure

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems, Surgical Proce ... (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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