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Dr. Michael Fenster

Cardiology
Brooksville, FL
33 years experience

Locations

Office

Brooksville, FL

Address

14540 Cortez Blvd, Suite 119, Brooksville, FL
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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

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Many peanut butters contain additives, particularly things like sugar. These additives in large quantities could precipitate health issues. Peanut but... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
The same way!: Don't let age stop you! you are never too old to start feeling better! control the things you can; if you smoke-stop. Start an exercise program, somet... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Possibly related: These medications for asthma are used to dilate the airways. The can also, especially if used in higher doses, trigger palpitations in susceptible per... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
By Cusps: The right coronary artery generally originated from the right coronary cusp. The left main generally originates fromthe left coronary cusp. It normall... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Symptomatic: Mechanical therapy for hocm depends on the severity of the disease and symtpoms. Assymptomatic people with low gradients and no history or risk factor... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause of the restrictive cardiomyopathy (rcm). Rcm from a condition such as hemochromoatosis may stabilize with treatment of the und... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Extremely low: Although cases of stents getting infected have been reported in the literature, the liklihood of this happening is extremely, extremely low. In fact,... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Dipyridamole (dp-brand name persantine) is a platelet inhibitor and has been studied in conjunction with warfarin or coumadin. Dp acts to block the up... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
4 locations: The first valve blood crosses is the tricuspid valve between the right atrium and right ventricle. Blood then flows across the pulmonic valve between... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Patients with stable angina (sa) have by definition coronary artery disease. This puts them at increased risk of developing an acute myocardial infarc... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, in fact hypertension or a high blood pressure can trigger a response known as the baroreceptor reflex. The high blood pressure triggers sensors t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Defibrillation: An automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (aicd) is a lfe-saving device. The device continuely monitors the heart rhythm. When an abnormal r... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Various ways: There are several ways to improve your lipid profile. Lowering LDL can be accomplished by dietary changes. There are also several plant/yeast derived ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, children can develop congestive heart failure. It can be due to congential causes like physiologic abnormalities or abnormalities of metabolism o... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends on test: The terminology that the pulmonivc valve is not well visualized usually refers to the echocardiographic exam. This test uses sound waves to visualize ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable entities: Some difficulties with a perfiusion scan can cause the quality of the scan to be diminshed, thus reducing its predictive ability. These include motion... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Beta and alpha: Dobutamine chemically has functional hydroxyl groups attached to benzene rings connected via an imine bridge. What is important functionally is its ab... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Some forms of cardiomyopathy (cm) are not preventable. These include CM due to genetic conditions, infections and co-morbid conditions like hypertensi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
TCV Surgeon: Open heart surgery is performed by cardiothoracic or cardiovascular surgeons, also known as ct or cv surgeons. These surgeons complete a general surgi... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: There are several ways to boost heart health. First, work with your md to control any conditions that add to your cardiovascular risk like diabetes or... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Early: The process of atherosclerosis can actually begin in our late teens and early twenties; although the consequences may not manifest for many years. Aut... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Coronary changes: The heart makes a number of changes. As blockages increase in size, the coronary arteries will increase in diameter in an attempt to continue adequate... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Mitral valve insuffciency, or mitral regurgitation (mr) can range from trivial to severe. Trivial mr may need nothing more than surveillence. Moderate... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: The original ryr contained powerful cholesterol lowing components which may have interacted with statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs in a fas... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Several: There are several risks associated with atrial fibrillation (af). The first is that af may cause the heart rate to go up which can cause symptoms of d... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
A goood measure: Cholesterol levels are indirect measures of the different lipoproteins within our bodies. It is actually the lipoproteins that determine the degree of... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Stress, particularly long standing stress can cause pertubations to our hormonal axis. This in turn has been shown to impact the inflammatory system. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Nodal ablation: In ablating cardiac dysrhythmias, the ablation catheters can sometimes affect the conduction to or from the atrio-venticular node (avn). This is an im... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
No: Technically no. An angiogram is the image taken when the artery is injected with dye and imaged under x-rays. Angiography is the procedure used to obt... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Via Arteries: A cardiac catheterization generally involves accessing on of the body's arteries to start the procedure, most commonly the femoral or radial. A small ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Variably: Moderate alcohol consumption does not normally significantly affect someone with aortic stenosis (as) and normal heart function. People with aortic st... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Good cholesterol: Cholesterol acts with the body's proteins to create strructures known as lipoproteins. These have various sizes and functions. Hdl is generally recogn... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Definitions: Atherosclerosis descrinbes the pathological process involving the arteries anywhere in the body whereby plaques (usually consisting of inflammatory ce... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
A measure: Cholesterol (c) is actually transported through the blood as a constiuent of lipoproteins. These are associated with atherosclerosis; ldl-low density ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
No: In general there are no restrictions against tanning following an angiogram, other than the standard post procedure instructions regarding site care a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Not usually: Am amgiogram should not usually cause any nerve damage. Since to perform an angiogram, one must access an a rtery there can be temporary discomfort w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach pr... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of dysrhythmia and the rate. For example, atrial fibrillation with a heart rate in the 70-80s may cause no symptoms at all. A r... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes, having a previous heart attack increase your liklihood of having another event within the next five years to around 20%. If you are diabetic, th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is a broad group of dysrhythmias that include atrial fibrillation (af). Svts are a very common rhythm abnormality a... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of supraventricular tachycardia (svt). Some types of svt can be initiated or aggravated by consumption of alcohol, for others i... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Generally no: Aspirin, which is often used to prevent the blood from clotting (and reduce the risk of heart attack) is often used in conjunction with beta blockers,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Significant stress, from any cause, whether it be extreme physical exertion, emotional distress or extreme anxiety can precipitate a myocardial infarc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Should not: These are not the same class of medications, so a substitution depends on the original indcation. Check with your prescribing physician.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Not necessarily: Not necessarily. A stroke involves a loss of blood supply to an area of the brain. The specific type of defect depends on which area of the brain is a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable: The history of mitral valve prolapse is variable from person to person. Some people have prolapse with no or minimal regurgitation of the valve. They ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause and severity. Many older persons may have some degree of aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the orifice of the aortic va... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Obese: A body mass index of 36 correlates to a significant degree of obesity according to that measure. However, the bmi does not differentiate between lean ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
It can: The most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable: These can vary tremendously from person to person. The symptoms can include fatigue, weakness, decreased exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, pulm... 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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