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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli

Cardiology
Houston, TX
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

925 Gessner Rd., Suite 630, Houston, TX
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 10am - 12pm
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Practice website

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Attended University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston where he won the John Wallace prize in Cardiology in 1998. He received his internal Medicine training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and his Cardiology training at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Throughout his training, Dr Tavackoli has been heavily involved in clinical, benchmark, and animal research and has published in several peer reviewed Journals. Dr. Tavackoli’s main interest is the well being of his patients achieved through prevention and the health maintenance. He is interested and certified in performance and interpretation of nuclear cardiac studies, echocardiograms (both transthoracic and transesophageal), Cardiac catheterization and permanent pacemaker implantation. He is also highly interested in treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, lipid disorders and malignant hypertension. Dr Tavackoli is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Languages spoken

Persian

Doctor Q&A

292 Answers
22 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Possible: Possibly, but probably not. You need to have this checked out by someone who can examine you and see exactly where this cyst is located. If it is su... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Depends: It depends on your sex, but in general as we get older the incidence of heart disease goes up. While at age 50, men have more heart disease than wome... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Probably around 60: Depends on how athletic vs. Sedentary you are. The more athletic you are, the lower your heart rate would be at rest; so a "normal" heart rate is rea... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Nope: Iron level of 3, with what units? If the blood test was done in the us, that is a very low iron level. What are your hemoglobin and hematocrit level... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Likely so: "skipping beats" as the general population puts them, are manifestations usually of premature ventricular contractions which a person with a normal he... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
No: Not necessarily, this could be a lot of things, but most of the time high BP does not give you any symptoms, hence the name silent killer.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Possibly gastritis?: It is possible that you have gastritis or irritable bowel, either way you should see a pcp or if you can bypass them, a gastroenterologist.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Say NO to Atkins: Atkins diet will make the lipid profile look better but the nature of your bad cholesterol much worse, so i would not go near it. The better choice t... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Poor renal function: It means his kidneys are not functioning well. One would have to know his previous numbers, his urine output and some other numbers before one can de... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
It's possible, but: It's possible, but most often high blood pressure is asymptomatic. However, if you have any suspicion at all, you should check your blood pressure, y... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Unpredictable: It generally is unpredictable, I have seen all sorts of rises from a few millimeters to several tens of millimeters, if you have the possibility of it... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
?: If you're feeling ok and have no other risk factors for disease, there is really no need for a vap test here. The vap is usually used to risk stratif... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Correct?: Your cardiologist is hopefully correct, but i would do a couple of things to be certain: first, i would check and make sure the BP in the arms and the... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Residual malfunction: This usually refers to a small degree of malfunction that remains after what seems to be full recovery from a cva. So if the cva caused arm weakness... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Hopefully that is not your true blood pressure, I have never seen a BP that high in 15 years' worth of medical practice; the answer to your question i... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
? inflammation: This pain sounds musculoskeletal and may be caused by inflammation in the area. It may be related to some physical activity that you did in the recen... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Not always: While chest pain that reduces with activity is lesser likely to be due to coronary disease, a "change" in the pain is not an indication that the pain ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
PVC possibly: Several things come to mind, but you almost exactly describe the feeling some patients get when they have a premature beat (these are typically benign... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
A couple of weeks: Should not be more than a couple of weeks, if it is, you need to see your implanting physician.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Atenolol: Atenolol is not a blood pressure medication and should not be used for this purpose. Get your doctor to change it to a real blood pressure medication... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Keep: Keep to a low salt (less than 2 grams per day) diet.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Bradycardia: Bradycardia in a person who is physically very active is normal. If you are performing aerobic exercise on a regular basis, do not worry about a hear... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Likely: Perhaps not for the heart but for your liver and your brain. We also know the information regarding alcohol/wine and the heart is over-hyped, there i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
No studies: I'm afraid there are no studies that would show one way or another. It would generally make sense though that if you replace things like margarine wi... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue bio... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Maybe both: That may be a result of both fever and dehydration. Fever, left untreated, will result in dehydration and they both (fever and dehydration) lead to t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Bleeding/ulcers: Aspirin can erode the protective lining of the stomach and this effect is mostly independent of whether you take enteric coated Aspirin or regular asp... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Possibly: Hytrin (terazosin) can lower your blood pressure and give a fatigued feeling. Other than through that mechanism , I am not aware of such a side effec... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Perhaps: Labetolol can cross the placental barrier, so perhaps more frequent monitoring is warranted.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, there is a high probability of complication in pregnant ladies with untreated hypertension. Therefore it is of paramount importance to... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
No: Unstable angina and nstemi are now bundled in the term "acute coronary syndrome", they are really different problems. In simple terms a nstemi is a h... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
It depends: A heart valve operation, like any procedure has risks and benefits. The task is to determine the risk vs. Benefit of the said procedure and proceed w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Lung V-Q scan: Ventilation scanning involves the patient breathing in a radiotracer while perfusion scanning involves injecting the radiotracer through an iv. The pr... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Carefully!: Most commonly one, two, or three insulated wires are placed through the left or right subclavian vein (runs under the clavicle) using a large bore nee... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Anti-inflammatories: We usually use anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin and steroids. For prevention of recurrence, Colchicine is used most effectively. There are multip... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Multiple: Perhaps the most common offending etiology in aortic stenosis in the us is atherosclerosis. Just as this can affect the arteries in the body, it can ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
None: These terms are used interchangeably.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: There is no evidence to suggest a cellphone has any detrimental effect on the heart. Wolf parkinson white syndrome or pre-excitation due to presence ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of aortic valve problem, insufficiency or stenosis. Both have different degress (mild, moderate, severe) and treatment is diffe... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Inflammation?: Do you have the right term here. While inflammation can affect any organ in the body, inflammation of a heart valve, other than that which leads to m... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Not really: Not in the true sense of the word, not that we know of anyway. However, sometimes fibromyalgia is a misdiagnosis (like in the case of lyme disease as... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Raises it: Smoking among other detrimental effects, has been shown to increase blood pressure.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Not easy: Unfortunately, our understanding and treatment of right heart failure is not at the level of left heart failure. One has to be careful with fluid man... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Cardioversion encompasses defibrillation. Technically, if one is not in a fibrillating rhythm, the proper term for the act of delivering a shock to c... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Sympathetic system: Ventricular fibrillation, which is usually a very short-lived event, usually occurs in a high sympathetic output state, at times the high sympathetic ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Varies: It really varies. While in men it most typically is described as a pressure/tightening-like discomfort, in women we often find what we think is an "a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
No: Azor (amlodipine and olmesartan) is a combination of olmesartan and amlodipine, and it is not safe for pregnancy.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Antimicrobial refers to any medicine that kills microorganisms, it encompasses all antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. Antifungals are drugs th... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: A large number of patients will have a short period of depression post-operatively after heart surgery in general. I don't think we really understand... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Survival as a measure by itself and event-free, meaningful survival as a whole have improved through research and evidence-based practice of cardiolog... Read More

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Dr. Tavackoli is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tavackoli is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! thank u very much im medical student searching arrhythmia and their treatment so your post made me very happy to understand this .........thank u
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According to 2 different cardiologist it is takosubo syn. So me I'm just going by what they say they kept him in cardiac intensive care Ty
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I exercise 5 days a week for 30- 60 min.:-) Thank You for assuring me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1998MD

Awards

John Wallace Prize in Cardiology
Top Cardiologist , First Place, Texas - Winter
2013
Top Cardiologist , First Place, Texas - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Memorial Hermann Memorial City
American College of Cardiology
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