Dr. Shahin Tavackoli

Cardiology
Houston, TX
25 years experience male

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

925 Gessner Rd., Suite 630, Houston, TX
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My office hours

Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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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

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292 Answers
22 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Aortic valve leak: Insufficiency of the aortic valve means the valve does not close properly. The aortic valve, like the other three heart valves is a check valve (bloo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Not usually: It may help with the stamina, but it is unlikely to affect the disease process itself.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Not sure: Not sure what you are asking here. If you mean can it become calcified over time, the answer is yes, but it is uncommon. This artery is commonly use... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: Should not be, I am not sure how riddex works (and as an aside, judging by its reviews, it apparently doesn't!), but it does not generate a magnetic f... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Leaflets, flow cont.: Heart valves are made of fibrous tissues that are supported in the case of tricuspid and mitral valves with muscles and apparatus that work as a unit.... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Cholesterol test: A vap test is primarily a test done to obtain a more detailed cholesterol profile for a patient. It is rather technical for this forum, but it basica... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: Troponin levels should only be elevated in patients with heart muscle damage through one mechanism or another. As salmonella is not normally an offen... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Less than 1%: It should be less than (typically, much less than, these days) 1% overall for any institution. If it is more, perhaps they should not be performing t... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Peripheral: Pvd stands for peripheral vascular disease which is synonymous with pad (peripheral arterial disease).
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
See below: Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is an episodic fast heart rate that usually originates in the upper chambers of the heart. It usually starts all of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: There is little evidence that taking Advil (ibuprofen) after an angiogram dose any harm to anyone, unless there are other issues that would preclude i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: It is very unlikely that an invisible fence would interfere with a pacemaker. Normally, and this is generally true of the pacemakers that have been i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Usually none: If a patient is truly in need of an aortic valve replacement, this is usually because the valve is either too tight or too incompetent or both. These... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Shortness of Breath: While a lot of times patient with severe aortic insufficiency have shortness of breath or possibly chest pain or dizziness, very frequently they do no... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: Yes, I do not know of any contraindication there.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Possibly: Most energy drinks have heavy amounts of caffeine in them. In those who have a propensity to cardiac arrhythmias, high levels of caffeine can bring o... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: Spinal tap removes part of the cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord) usually by placing a needle into the spina... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Hypertension: Elevated diastolic blood pressure is a form of hypertension. If more than 90 mmhg, it needs to be treated first by salt restriction and diet and exerc... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Reduce pain: There is actually some debate about the use of nitroglycerine in the setting of all heart attacks. It is known that nitroglycerine dilates the veins ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Shortness of breath: Most commonly, shortness of breath with exertion. In advanced cases, you may have leg swelling and at times, people with very high blood pressure may... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Aortic Valve: The most commonly replaced heart valve in the us is the aortic valve. The process of valve disease, usually leading to the tightening of the valve (s... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Rare!: Endarterectomy is not commonly performed during coronary artery bypass grafting; but in the strict sense of it, it is the removal of the plaque and re... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: It does not have anything to do with the heart as far as i know.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Diet,Meds, stents: Proper diet and tolerable exercise, medications such as aspirin, clopidogrel and statins, and finally if all else fails, and the person is symptomatic... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Repair: Not sure what is being asked here. The mitral valve is usually the valve that is amenable to repair in the adult. The operation is called mitral val... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
It depends: It depends on which valve is leaking. Generally, the left sided heart valves (aortic valve and mitral valve) require directed therapy early on. The ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Depends: Asymptomatic bradycardia is not associated with any risk usually, typically athletes have profound bradycardias and it is a sign of their fitness. Ta... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Why is it high: I would be curious to find out why your pulse rate is high to begin with. A resting heart rate more than 100 BPM is not normal and warrants investiga... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes.: Actually, most of the time, coronary stents are placed to resolve angina (chest pain or shortness of breath due to arterial blockage). If a patient co... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No.: Severe aortic valve regurgitation can not. Aortic valve stenosis (tightening) does not respond well to balloon dilatation and patients don't do well w... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Opens arteries.: Coronary angioplasty is a technique used to open narrowed arteries without surgery. A special catheter (long, flexible tube) with a small balloon at i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: I believe you are asking if there is a separate surgical specialty for minimally invasive surgery, if so, the answer is no. Surgeons in different sub... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
It depends: Low blood pressure, in general, unless symptomatic (fatigue or dizziness usually) is not a problem, and as such does not need "fixing". High blood pr... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Angiogram: If your doctor suspects you have significant coronary artery disease, he or she may recommend that you undergo cardiac catheterization (also called an... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No other form: Presently, there is no other form of Dobutamine on the market. Generally, when Dobutamine is used, one is seeking immediate action of the drug, if th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
See below: Strictly speaking, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator has a generator (box) and a shocking lead (wire that goes through the vein to the right v... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: This is done on occasion in some centers, the patient that does well immediately post procedure, usually can survive a few months and perhaps get more... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: While WPW syndrome is genetic, not every patient behaves or is treated the same way. A good percentage of the WPW population will not need any treatm... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Flow direction: Pulmonic valve like all other heart valves, directs the flow from one chamber to another, in this case from the right ventricle to the lungs. It allo... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Advanced CHF: Typically and lvad has been used in the setting of a patient with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) where the patient is being listed for or is ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: Palpitations can be because of cardiac arrhythmias, but we also see a lot of people who complain of palpitations and do not have any evidence of an ar... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Arrhythmias: Fluttering in the chest can be a sign of cardiac arrhythmias, but it does not have to be. Frequently, people present with this complaint, have a hear... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Minimally invasive: This is another name for minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery, where the heart is access through the intercostal (between the ribs) space and th... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Outcome data: I would ask about their numbers. I would find out how often they perform the "minimally invasive" surgery in their center, what their outcomes look l... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
No: Deep leg pain should really not be there after bypass surgery. However, since different people's pain tolerance is different, I am not sure what you ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Depends: Atrial fibrillation by itself does not produce symptoms usually, it is often the fast heart rate that may result from it that causes the symptoms of "... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Hopefully not much: Dobutamine will raise your heart rate and perhaps your blood pressure some. The faster heart rate is intended and the purpose of giving the drug, but... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Yes: There are multiple studies to show the outcome in patients with coronary disease (CAD) is significantly improved by lowering the bad cholesterol (ldl)... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 25 years experience
Diet, exercise: Weight control, low salt diet in people who already are pre-hypertensives (systolic 120-140 mmhg, diastolic 80-90 mmhg), and exercise at least three t... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
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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