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Mustafa Ahmed MD

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism, Structural and Valve Disease

Expert opinions on cardiac, thoracic and vascular diseases

Frank J. Pearl, M.D.

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

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2015-06-28 Abnormal ECG:

Hi Sandra,  A positive stress test such as yours usually (but not always) indicates coronary artery disease (CAD), which has been excluded in your case.     Exercise testing has a sensitivity of 78% and

2015-06-27 Heart palpations and chest discomfort:

Hi RJ,     Palpitations are common and in general if not associated with dizziness, prolonged timings, passing out etc they are unlikely to be very dangerous but there are a few tests i would recommend

2015-06-27 beta blockers:

Hi Howard,  If you were a patient in hospital your BP wouldn't be checked as often as you do unless you are in the intensive care unit! Relax! At your age a BP of around 150 is OK. Switching to other meds

2015-06-26 Unexplainable pain and hypertension:

Hi,     At your age and with the symptoms described it is very unlikely that you have concerning heart disease. Have you had an echocardiogram at any point as if that was normal it would be reassuring

2015-06-26 Anxiety and the impact on the heart:

Hi Mary,     There has been some report in the past of associations between anxiety and development of heart disease over time. The association is not a very strong one or one of immediate clinical concern

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