We found 2 providers with an interest in heart failure and who accept Health Net POS near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Michael Mitschke works as a cardiologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mitschke at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart valve disease, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Mitschke has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Amin H Karim, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Amin Karim sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karim include heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Karim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, ValueOptions, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He trained at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore for residency. 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)



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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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