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Dr. Andrew Kaplan

Cardiology
Mesa, AZ
35 years experience male

Locations

Cardiovascular Associates of Mesa

Mesa, AZ

Address

6116 E. Arbor Avenue, Suite 112, Mesa, AZ
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 730am - 500pm
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About

Bio

I was raised in the Chicago suburbs then went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in biochemistry. I went to medical school in Dallas, then trained at Duke and Emory. I have been in practice in Mesa since 1995. I am married and have four children. In my spare time outside of work, I enjoy coaching my children in sports, going to the movies, and traveling. I am very interested in the political process, as well. My greatest accomplishments have been my family and establishing electrophysiology as an entity in the East Valley.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
69 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Probably not thyroid: The elevated rate could be due to physical stress, blood loss, infection, or other causes. Simple lab tests should be helpful in sorting this out.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Chest pain male: Myth: all patients have typical (the same) symptoms of angina and ischemia.
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Heart attack?: Abnormal wall motion suggests that a heart attack took place. That may be confirmed with a nuclear stress test or a cardiac catheterization. Afterwa... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Possibly abnormal: The qt prolongation coupled with the nonspecific t wave changes is abnormal and concerning. This may be an indicator of a condition called long qt syn... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
It may.: Sometimes, medication may take longer to work based upon absorption or delayed onset.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Premature beats: Often premature beats may cause a fluttering in the chest. They may also cause a skipping sensation. If the upper chambers of the heart contract after... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Disease vs. result: Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes weak without obvious cause. Some cases are genetic some may have b... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Motor control center: It is an area in the deeper brain tissue involved in motor control. A stroke in these deeper areas is usually related to hypertension. Sometimes it ma... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Population effect: There are a variety of issues. For one, cardiovascular disease affects women as much as men, but women are not evalueated as aggressively. Minorities,... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
It depends: If you are on an anticoagulant such as Coumadin (warfarin) for treatment of atrial fibrillation, that would be too low. The reading should be between ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes, there are none: Ablation has been around since the late 1980s. Thousands of patients have been treated for a variety of differrent rhythm problems with this technique... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Normal veins: It is not uncommon for veins in the neck to stand out when you increase pressure in your chest. This can occur when you cough, laugh, or bear down. Ne... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
None, really: Coughing is related to having fluid in the lungs. It is not going to respond to a cough suppressant or expectorant. It responds to diuretics, which he... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Not uncommon: This may be due to elimination of medication, enhanced awareness of the heartbeat, extra beats which used to be the triggers for tachycardia, or perha... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Several others: There are two new anticoagulants on the market for prevention of stroke in the setting of atrial fibrillation, trade-named Pradaxa and xarelto. There ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Other tests: You may be a candidate for an implantable loop recorder. This is a little metal box as big as your little finger implanted under the skin in the chest... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Multiple side effect: Low blood pressure can result in dizziness or can cause someone to pass out. It also may cause decreased kidney function and other organ dysfunction d... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Invasive/noninvasive: Both coronary bypass surgery and eecp are used to treat patients with coronary artery disease and angina. Typically, bypass is for patients who have m... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Other antianginals: Nitroglycerin is used to treat angina, or pain related to lack of oxygen to heart muscle. Other medications include beta blockers, calcium channel blo... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Mild to serious: This depends in large part on what exactly is being ablated. Ablation in the right heart is usually a lower risk than in the left heart due to risks o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Electrocardiogram: The conduction system is evaluated by an ecg. The bundle branch blocks are apparent on the ECG tracing. Significance needs to be evaluated with other... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Meds and lifestyle: Both medication and lifestyle modification is important. There are many different types of blood pressure medications which work in a variety of ways.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Two types.: The types of myocardial infarctions are broadly characterized as transmural or subendocardial. Transmural infarctions are caused by complete occlusion... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Significant symptoms: Patients need to have experienced recurrent neurologic events despite warfarin anticoagulation or have a significant shunt causing heart failure sympt... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: It increases cardiac contractility and may cause vessels to dilate.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Aspirin may reduce the risk for heart attacks, strokes, and certain types of cancer.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Not typically: It is unusual for valve damage to occur in the setting of catheter ablation. Damage could occur due to puncture of a valve leaflet or related to exten... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: Virtually no one is allergic to a pacemaker. There are really no contraindications to pacemaker implantation. Rarely, access to a blood vessel to plac... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Nitrate therapy: Typically, pain due to angina or a reduced blood flow to a region of the heart, is relieved in the short term with sublingual nitroglycerin. Both tabl... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: The bundle branch may stop functioning due to age related cell death or some other process which damages the heart. Sometimes patients have intermitte... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
BP control problem: Sensors located in blood vessels may become dysfunctional, resulting in a lack of appropriate information regarding blood pressure to reach the brain.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: No "natural remedies" are approved for the treatment of hypertension. There are many fda-approved medications, however. Exercise and weight loss may a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Anticoagulant: This is a new type of blood thinner. It is used as a substitute for warfarin/coumadin in patients with atrial fibrillation.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes, absolutely: Vascular disease (the buildup of cholesterol and fibrous tissue with narrowing of the lumen of blood vessels) may occur in any part of the circulation... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Sure: That should be a good way to maintain adequate protein intake. You want to avoid simple carbohydrates and fats.
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
ACE inhibitor: I prefer starting with ace inhibitors as first line agents. They have few side effects and have multiple beneficial effects on the heart and blood ves... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
6 weeks: Typically after a heart attack or open heart surgery, people do four to six weeks of rehab.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes and much more: The angelmed guardian system is an implantable st segment monitor. It is designed to detect an imminent heart attack or decrease in blood flow to the ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Terminate arrhythmia: Implantable defibrillators are used in patients who have already experienced or are at risk of experiencing a malignant rhythm problem in the lower ch... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Heart Rhythm Society: The heart rhythm society website has good information. Additional industry sites include medtronic, st. Jude medical, and biosense webster. The mayo c... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Heart damage: Central obesity (more fat around the waist) predisposes to what is called obesity-induced cardiomyopathy. This causes the heart to become weak and sti... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Very: Depending on how high the cholesterol is at baseline, even a small dose may be therapeutic. It is a potent medication.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Various options : Medications such as midodrine or Fludrocortisone may be utilized. They require special care in patients with hypertension. Support stocking, kown as t... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Cardiac function: The echocardiogram is an ultrasound evaluation of cardiac structure and function. It allows the cardiologist to examine chamber sizes, wall thickness,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Pulmonary HTN: Mitral stenosis makes it difficult for blood to return from the lungs to the left heart. This in turn raises the pressure in the pulmonary circulation... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Different conditions: Palpitation is the sensation that there is an abnormality in the heartbeat. It is a symptom. A murmur is something heard when listening to the heart.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Not terribly common: Pericarditis is frequently caused by a virus. Sometimes it is the result of trauma or a heart attack. It can be very painful. It is often treated with... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Possibly: Most patients are able to have a successful ablation. You may be a candidate for a surgical or epicardial ablation. Medication combinations may also w... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Vagal-mediated atrial fibrillation typically occurs at night while people are sleeping or may occur when drinking something cold or going to the bathr... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 35 years experience
Absolutely: Your child needs a comprehensive medical evaluation. These symptoms could be related to a rhythm problem or other structural heart problem. They could... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kaplan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kaplan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I wish I had health insurance but I dont. My hands are sweating and it feels warm inside front of head.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Top Cardiologist , Second Place, Arizona - Winter
2013
HealthTap Scholar
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