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Dr. Michael Fenster

Cardiology
Brooksville, FL
31 years experience

Locations

Office

Brooksville, FL

Address

14540 Cortez Blvd, Suite 119, Brooksville, FL
Directions

About

Bio

Michael S. Fenster, MD, F.A.C.C., FSCA&I is a board certified interventional cardiologist. He has worked in settings ranging from academics (achieving an Assistant Professor of Medicine position at NEOUCOM) to group and solo practice. He combines his culinary talents and Asian philosophy with medical expertise, creating winning recipes for healthy eating. Known to his audiences as “Dr. Mike,” he is frequently asked to present live cooking demonstrations as well as giving numerous radio interviews on health and food shows both nationally and internationally. A certified wine professional and chef, Dr. Mike received his culinary degree from Ashworth University where he graduated with honors. He has worked professionally in kitchens prior to entering medical school and maintained his passion for food and wine throughout his medical career. Mike helped manage the award winning Napa Alley in Roanoke, Virginia, and hosted a local cable TV cooking show, “What’s Cookin’ with Doc” in Dublin, GA. He has written columns and recipes for publications both nation and international, is a regular columnist for the culinary magazine Basil, as well as a member of their Council of Chefs and a monthly health and fitness contributor to The Tampa Tribune. He has appeared several times on the nationally syndicated Daytime TV show as well as many other television programs. As a physician, Dr. Mike has participated in numerous clinical trials and spoken nationally on a variety of cardiovascular topics to audiences ranging from lay public to medical professionals. He has made presentations at organizations such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology meetings. Dr. Mike recently graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University’s Physician’s Executive MBA program. Dr. Mike is currently taping episodes for a new television show called “What’s Cookin’ with Doc: House Calls,” to air in nationally in various markets and has a culinary survival guide, Eating Well, Living Better: A Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield due for release January 2012. He also holds a JuDan (10th degree black belt) ranking in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, which he has studied over the last three decades

Specialties
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Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

193 Answers
27 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Benazepril is an angiotensin converting enzyme, or ace, inhibitor which is generally considered an ani-hyertensive (although it has many other benefic... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Pumping Time!: The ventricles of the heart pump blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body. The portion of the cardiac cycle where they fill with blood is known ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Ask your MD: Assuming you are taking your Lipitor (atorvastatin) for primary prevention(you have high cholesterol)and Lisinopril for htn, it may be possible.A hea... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on what vitamins you are referring to, specifically. In general, a multivitamin is fine. However, if you have a significant underlying diso... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: That rate would be completely normal for someone sitting at rest.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
CAD: Coronary artery bypass graft surgery is generally recommended for those that have severe coronary artery disease (cad). This is commonly referred to a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: How are you taking your blood pressure, as the top number, systolic, seems low. Is it an automatic device? If so did you get it calibrated? Many autom... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Adjunctively: Chocolate contains many compounds that appear to have a positive cardiovascular effect. The higher the percentage of cacao, the more potent the appar... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on the situation. For example, during exercise both the heart rate and blood pressure will increase. However, if the blood pressure rises a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: With a pacemaker you can have x-rays and ct scans done safely. Magnetic resonance imaging, an MRI should be avoided in patients with pacemakers. Becau... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: For a simple standard pacemaker it is safe. An aicd is a slightly different device and the dot requirements may be more stringent. Check with your car... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Eat Healthfully!: The cardiovascular system works in concert with all the body's systems. You want them all functioning at peak performance. For healthful eating tips v... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Take your pulse: At some point during peak exercise stop and take your pulse. Count the heartbeats over 10 seconds (and multiply by 6) or 15 seconds (and multiply by 4... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
You are what you eat: You truly are what you eat. The body is constantly breaking down, repairing and rebuilding all its various structures, even down to the molecular and ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No Ischemia: A stress test is a test designed to detect the presence of myocardial ischemia. Ischemia occurs when there are blockages in the arteries. These limit ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Arteries: A ct angiogram takes pictures of the coronary, or heart, arteries. It also gives information of the remaining cardiac structures. The main pumping cha... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends on type: They stress test will attempt to define areas of the heart at risk for myocardial infarction (heart attack). How it is done depends on the type. A tre... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: Mitral valve prolapse (mvp) can occur with or without mitral regurgitation (mr). The mvp/mr may be s trace and trivial as to warrent follow up with an... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Many reasons: There are many possible reasons why a physician may change a medicine, including cost, formulary changes, access, etc. The best strategy is to ask you... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
A lot!: The classifications for overweight and obese that are currently in use are based on the body mass index measurement (bmi). Studies have clearly demons... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Reflects: A delta wave on an ECG can reflect an acessory conduction pathway. The wave in itself is not harmful. However, delta waves can be associated with con... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
It is Good!: Exercise has many cardiovascular benefits. A regular exercise program has been shown to be part of a successful weight reduction program, improve card... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Blockage: A stroke that is due to a decrease of blood flow (ischemic cerebral infarction) can be similar in pathophysiology to a myocardial infarction (heart at... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Turbulent blood flow: A murmur is a sound that is heard when blood flow is turbulent. Normal blood flow is like a lazy flowing and quiet river. When there is obstruction, t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
See your LMD: A great starting point is a good history and physical examination. While technology is impressive, a good examination by your primary care or local me... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Pressure: The semilunar valves open and close in response to pressure differentials. Higher pressure in the ventricle forces the valve open and when the pressur... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Many mechanisms: Digoxin, derived from the purple foxglove plant, has been used to treat congestive heart failure for centuries-if not longer. Digoxin works by helping... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Mathematical: The relationship can be expressed as a variant of darcy' law; flow (q) = pressure/resistance. In the human circulatory system: q = (map – rap)/tpr (ma... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: The life expectancy of a person with cardiomyopathy(cm) depends on several variables.What is the cause of the cm?What is the amount of damage to the h... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
What it does: A defibrillator provides an electrical current that is measured in joules (a measure of electrical energy). This electrical energy is used to "shock" ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: The usual prerequisite prior to almost any cardiac surgery is a cardiac catheterization; coronary angiograms (x-ray pictures of dye flowing into the h... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: Dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) prognosis depends on many things. The degree of dysfunction affects the prognosis. The degree of symptoms affects the pro... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Several: A routine cardiac catheterization involves several parts.The patient is prepped and brought to a procedure room. Usually the area around the femoral a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Papillary muscles: The ventricular tissue that give rise to the chordae are often referred to as papillary muscles.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Restricted flow: A heart valve that is narrowed has a restriction on the amount of blood that can flow across it as the heart pumps. This restriction, often referred t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Several: There several risk factors (CRF) for coronary artery disease, some modifiable and some not. Non-modifiable crfs include family history (genetics), sex... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Papillary muscles: The ventricular tissue that give rise to the chordae are often referred to as papillary muscles.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Anyone: Anyone can develop hypertension. It becomes more common as we get older and there are certain risk factors like obesity that make it more likely. Mos... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Papillary muscles: The ventricular tissue that give rise to the chordae are often referred to as papillary muscles.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Interactions: Heart disease is often the result of environmental interactions and genetic predispositions. Some forms of heart diease are genetic, like some valvula... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: No. Digitalis also referred to as digoxin can be used to treat symptoms of abnormal rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. It may help keep someone in a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: A standard echocardiogram (echo) does not evaluate atherosclerosis, although if there has been a heart attack and heart muscle damage the effects may ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Cath/MRI: Constrictive pericarditis can be suggested by findings on physical exam, chest x-ray and echocardiogram. A cardiac catheterization can provide more co... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: If a heart valve is leaky or stenotic these conditions do not generally improve without intervention. This is due to the fact that once abnormal mecha... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Medical attention: If someone is having chest pains they should immediately seek medical attention, especially if the cause is unknown. While there are many causes of ch... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Several: One of the most common causes of cardiomyopathy (cm) is atherosclerosis.By blocking or impairing blood flow the heart muscle suffers. Heart attacks ca... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: Since there are many causes, the answer depends on the cause. For example, if someone is born with a congenital anomaly, correcting the defect may cor... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Variable: Once the procedure begins, the usually coronary angiogram takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes to perform. Of course, difficulties with access, congenita... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Not that we know: Currently HDL recommendations highlight a minimum number that we like patients to achieve. This numbers by age and sex. There is currently no maximum ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Clot formation: Because blood in the left atrium is not propelled forward normally during atiral fibrillation, it allows for the formation of clots. Small areas of bl... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fenster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fenster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks for sharing information about heart rate. After open heart surgery in 2007, I'm trying to learn all the medical terms associated with my condition. There are ...Read More
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I very much appreciate your help. It was my internist who suggested ryr for cholesterol. It has worked well, but some muscle pain better without ryr. What to do
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I was never given any life expectancy by the staff at MGH just that the condition was irreparable and degenerative. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Virginia
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society
A.D. Williams Summer Fellowship, Medical College of Virgina
National Institute of Health Grant # H112793; Local Regulation of Microvascular Function
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