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Frank J. Pearl, M.D.

Voluntary Professor of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. Board certified in cardiovascular disease

Expert opinions on cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases

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Most patients with atrial fibrillation should be on blood thinners. Aspirin is not strong enough and does not provide enough of a benefit to prevent stroke. The newer blood thinners such as Pradaxa have

2016-05-10 Cardiology:

Hi Craig,  Those palpitations can be hard to treat, and Beta blockers such as metopropol are usually used to reduce their frequency. The important fact is that all your heart tests came out negative. Whether

2016-04-22 Fast heart rate for hours:

It is probably a normal fast heart beat but you should check with your personal physician to look for any underlying cause and also to consider a 24 hour monitor to hopefully confirm that it is a normal

2016-04-19 fast heart rate for hours:

Hi Duha,  I cannot tell from here whether it is the panic attack causing your HR to accelerate or the other way around ( I think the first): you need to be examined by a doctor and get some testing done/

2016-04-06 hypertension control for elderly:

Hi Nancy,  At 82, your mom's BP is fine, unless there are urgent other reasons to get it down lower. I don't think her hemorrhagic stroke was a result of hypertension, unless it was much higher at the

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