We found 54 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Susan W Denfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Susan Denfield works as a pediatric cardiologist in Houston, TX and Baytown, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Denfield include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), ablation, and angioplasty. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Denfield has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's West Tower, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
6400 Fannin; #2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hue-Teh Shih practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Dr. Shih's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shih is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Shih attended medical school at Taipei Medical University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include American Federation For Clinical Research Trainee Award and American College Of Cardiology/bristol Labs Affiliate-In-Training Travel Award. Dr. Shih (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Electrophysiological ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Charles Mitschke, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1631 North Loop W; #520
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Mitschke is an adult cardiologist. Dr. Mitschke's areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Dr. Mitschke has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Mitschke has an open panel.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Stent, ... (Read more)

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. Rajen Kanu Mehta, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rajen Mehta is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Mehta is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in heart problems and cardiac catheterization. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehta graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Preventive Cardiology, Coronary ... (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. Amin H Karim, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Amin Karim specializes in adult cardiology. Dr. Karim is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and ValueOptions, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Karim attended Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In addition to English, Dr. Karim (or staff) speaks Urdu, Gujarati, and Hindi.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Stress Testing, Stent, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anil C Odhav, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Anil Odhav's specialty is adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), mitral valve prolapse, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Odhav is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Odhav graduated from the University of Zambia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Aortic Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Akira Nishikawa, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Akira Nishikawa's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Nishikawa graduated from Keio University and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Nishikawa welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive ... (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. John Y Sunew, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 600; Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Sunew's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology; he sees patients in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Fulshear, TX. His clinical interests include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. Dr. Sunew is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Sunew completed a residency program at George Washington University Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, Arrhythmias, Heart Failure, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Attack, ... (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)

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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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