We found 26 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept CIGNA Choice Fund near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Colin Macleod Barker, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Colin Barker, who practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Barker include heart failure, heart valve disease, and coronary artery disease. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barker graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Barker welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Stent, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Valentina Ugolini, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Valentina Ugolini is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. In addition to English, Dr. Ugolini (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), atrial septal defect, and heart failure. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at Sapienza University of Rome, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Ugolini is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ugolini has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Aneurysm, Cardiac Rehabilitation Treatment, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Dipan Jogendra Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Dipan Shah is a specialist in adult cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Patient reviews placed Dr. Shah at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karla Marie Kurrelmeyer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karla Kurrelmeyer's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Kurrelmeyer's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Kurrelmeyer is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Aortic ... (Read more)

Dr. Myung Hee Park, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Myung Park is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Park's clinical interests: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and VA Maryland Health Care System. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Park attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Park's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, Lung Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Su-Min Min Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Su Chang practices adult cardiology in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Patients gave Dr. Chang an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. For his professional training, Dr. Chang completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chang is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Earl Lewis Mangin Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Earl Mangin practices adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mangin include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), peripheral artery disease (PAD), and heart valve disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Mangin attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Peripheral Artery Disease, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig M Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Pratt is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Pratt is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Guillermo A Torre-Amione, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Torre's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Torre's areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Torre accepts. Dr. Torre has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Houston Methodist Hospital.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Neal S Kleiman, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Neal Kleiman is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kleiman honors. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kleiman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Kleiman is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Valvuloplasty, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Imad Hussain, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Imad Hussain sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include heart transplant, heart valve disease, and heart failure. Dr. Hussain is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Heart Transplant, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Attack, Cardiac ... (Read more)

Dr. John Joseph Mahmarian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Mahmarian specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Mahmarian include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and angioplasty. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mahmarian accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Laser Treatment, Aneurysm, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. William A Zoghbi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Zoghbi's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. These areas are among Dr. Zoghbi's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zoghbi accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas R Bree, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 620
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Douglas Bree is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bree include renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. Dr. Bree is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Bree has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Miguel A Quinones, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Quinones is an adult cardiology specialist in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Quinones is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Quinones has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Wang Wang-Giuffre, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology, General Pediatrics
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 370
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Giuffre's specialties are pediatric cardiology and general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giuffre include obesity, arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and atrial septal defect. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. She graduated from the University of Texas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Giuffre welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Obesity, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Atrial Septal ... (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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