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Dr. Nassir Azimi

Interventional Cardiology
La Mesa
24 years experience male

Locations

La Mesa Cardiac Center

La Mesa

Address

5565 Grossmont Center Dr., 455, La Mesa
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

AFLAC

Affinity Health Plan

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

About

Bio

He is quadruple board certified and re certified (in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology). He has gained local and national recognition. He is voted by his peers as one of San Diego Magazines's Top Doctors in Cardiology 2013 and 2014 and 2016 and 2017. Castle Connolly has chosen him as Top Doctor in Interventional Cardiology in 2013-2017. Additionally, the Consumer's Research Council of America has added him to the list of America's Top Cardiologists in 2013-2017. He has been Doctor's of Excellence in Leaders of Healthcare publication 2014, 2015 and 2016 edition. He serves on editorial board of Cardiology and Vascular Journal as well as Vascular Disease Management. He has numerous public

Specialties
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Interventional Cardiology

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Languages spoken

Dari, English, Pashto, Persian

Doctor Q&A

323 Answers
521 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Inversely: People who drink alcohol can have good cholesterol profiles with high good cholsterol and lower bad cholesterol. However, excessive drinking is not b... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Avoid: Salt or sodium containing foods and exceesive liquids. Salty foods does not necessarily mean you adding salt. A suasage or hot dog has sodium as do ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Clarify: I am not sure what is meant by a canula in this context.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Nothing: Blood pressure of <90/60 is considered low. Yet many, thin young women are walking around with this. If there is no sign or symptoms of diminished d... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Heart: Dilated means enlarged or stretched out. Cardio= relating to heart myo= muscle pathy= disease or weakening. So dilated cardiomyopathy is an enla... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Many: 1. Medications 2. High vagal tone as is present in lance armstrong 3. Conduction system disease 4. Infections/endocarditis with a ring abscess 5.... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Multiple factors: Lifestyle can contribute to developing coronary heart disease. Smoking is a big risk factor for developing cad. Inactivity and lack of excercise al... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Structure o valve: The valve leaflets are tethered by the chordae tendinae and the papilary muscles. The contraction of the papilary muscles then in turn cause movement... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
None: When catheterization goes well, there should not be any symptoms. Some patients get a soreness at the access site which should go away within hourse ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Long before: Alcohol is a toxin to the heart and more than two drinks a day has been associated with arrhythmias and heavy drinking can lead to weakening of the he... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
50 to 90: Healthy diastolic pressures range from 50 to 90. Above 85 we worry about hypertension.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure there is no valvular/structural heart disease.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Many: An angiogram is done to look at the flow of the coronary arteries and to rule out blockages. Recurrent chest pain is one reason, heart attack is anot... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Heart valve problems: The heart also has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. These valves open and close, acting like doors in the heart, maki... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Examination: Any disease, including heart valve disease needs a physician with expertise to take a full history and complete a thorough examination. This is helpfu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes.: Cardiovascular disease is a systemic process. By taking measures to reduce the risk of heart disease, you are also reducing the same risks that cause ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Multiple: One can exercise, take fish oil and omega-3 supplements. One can drink alcohol in moderation. Supplemental Niacin helps along with medications.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Possibly: Although disease of the arteries of the legs is seldom life threatening untonitself, it is often a marker of more diffuse atherosclerotic disease incl... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: It is helpful in restoring the healthy normal bacteria that are part of the intestinal flora.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Varies: Since erectile dysfunction is typically atherosclertic in nature, it follow the timeline for atherosclerosis. Therefore, diabeic smokes with vascular... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Relaxation is important when there is symptoms from a herniated disc. Yoga can help relax and this could help release any additional pressure. Impor... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
What?: I am not sure your concern. Did you have above surgeries or are you planning to have them?
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Usually none: Youbshould see your doctor. You are at increased rink of cardiac events off of a statin and should be evaluated.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Depends: If the infection exacerbated preexisting heart failure, once infection is better CHF should improve. If the infection caused heart failure such as vi... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Pericarditis: It can be msuckuloskeletal or it can be inflammation of the pericadium of teh heart. Sometimes it is viral and inflammatory. Rarely, it cab be attru... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Can be: It can be normal. However, you should have a follow up appointement with provider who gave the steroid shot.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
No: Plaque in the arteries remain free of symptoms until significant impairment of blood flow after plaque ruptures and causes a clot or until the blockag... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: You can drink while on these medications, but you should not.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Anywhere: AVM's can be anywhere including the brain, lungs, intestines. Dr. Rich White at Yale runs the world class HHT center for patients with AVM's in multi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Often, the cardiology consult is cheaper than a plumber visit. Additionally, the test fees can be negotiated with the physician in some instances.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Cancer : In the gu system i.E of bladder, ureter, kidney, etc.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Pomegranite: Any fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins is good for heart health. However, diabetics have to be moderate given potential impact of some sweet fruits... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Arrhythmia: This can be arrhythmia and should be evaluated with a holter.
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A member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
No: The intestines have peristalsis which in effect move foods forward. Therefore, even males can feel movement occasionally.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Not really: There is always some uncertainty in medicine. And sometimes, the experts treat with the same rationale. I.E empiric ttament to see if indeed the diag... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Peripheral vascular disease is common in the elderly and in patients who smoke. Additioonally, atherosclerosis risk increases with age.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Prinzmetal angina.: Spasm can happen in any blood vessel including the coronaries. The inner lining of the arteries have ability to produce a relaxing factor now known to... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
He should be treated: For his lung cancer. He should also be on medications for his diabetes and heart disease. Needs a second opinion.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
OK: You have pericarditis which is often a virus mediated inflammation in the pericardium which resolves with time and anti inflammatory medications. You... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Sometimes, the pacemaker is not sufficient to prevent other types of arrhythmia. For example, if one gets venytricular fibrillation, external pacemak... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Left arm: Pain or left neck or shoulder pain that occurs with any other symptom such as nausea, sweating, lightheadedness, chest pain or shortness of breath can... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: A tooth infection if left unadressed can cause other problems and lead to abscess formation, bacteria in the blood and even heart valve infections.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
When unstable: You should call 911 when you feels unstable, dizzy or like passing out. You need to have some testing like a holter monitor and echocardiogram and so... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Perioral dermatitis: Is relatively common. It has unknown etiology. If persists, please, see a physician. Can be treated with antibiotics or antifungals if deemed appropr... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Depends: For maintences half oz per pound is generally recommended. So a 150 lb person should drink 75 oz.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
You need: To see a cardiologist. Get an ekg some labs and a holter monitor after your initial consultation.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Depends: It is all about risk benefit. If there is no symptoms and collateral a are adequate, i would not see any additional benefit from rib resection.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Lots: I would need to examine for chf, test for protein levels and check for kidney function and protein loss. Labs and chest xray would be helpful. It w... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Unlikey cardiac: You likely have costochondritis but since xanax (alprazolam) helps, anxiety is also a concern. Try some nsaids such as Ibuprofen with food and see a... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Why: Antihypertensive medications can have side effects. However, there are hundred of medications on the market now and we can often find a regimen for a... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 20, 2013
This is a kind, knowledgeable, good-humored physician who you feel comfortable under his care. Highly recommended. I went to medical school with him, so I know...
Jul 21, 2013
Great answers. Nice job!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Azimi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thanks for answering! i have lupus and interstitial lung disease. i did go to the er and they sent me home with pleurisy without a chest xray or anything. so i saw mu rheumatologist today and am getti...Read More
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I see that you answered more than one of my questions. Thank you soooo much, especially for the very clear description of the pericardial rub sound! We all know the sound of velcro.
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Thanks very much for tour quick response! It was probably a stupid question but I was curious. Thanks again and have a nice day!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dartmouth Medical School, NH
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL ANSCHUTZ INPATIENT
Completed 2001

Awards

San Diego Magazine Top Doctors
San Diego Magazine Top Doctors 2016
San Diego Magazine Top Doctors 2013

Affiliations

aMERICAN COLLEGE CARDIOLOGY
American Society of Echocardiography
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Publications

The Effectiveness of Cost Effectiveness Analyses in Containing Healthcare costs
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