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Dr. Alon Gitig

Cardiology
Yonkers, NY
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Yonkers, NY

Address

1010 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY
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About

Bio

Dr. Gitig has experience treating patients with a broad range of cardiac problems, including coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. He has a strong background in noninvasive imaging tools, such as echocardiography and nuclear stress testing. He enjoys using these and other technologies to define patients’ risk for cardiac illness, in order to develop targeted, aggressive primary and secondary prevention regimens. Dr. Gitig routinely uses proven pharmacological agents to this end, but also helps guide patients to resources to assist them in lifestyle changes (e.g. quitting smoking, exercise training, weight loss programs, and even holistic/alternative practitioners when necessary) which are the vital ingredients in getting patients to truly change their lives and reduce their risk of events. Dr. Gitig treats members of the Westchester community from a wide array of backgrounds. He has developed an interest in working with the growing elderly population of Yonkers. It is an exciting era in cardiology, with less invasive techniques being developed to treat mitral and aortic valve disease, relieve coronary artery obstructions, and help prevent strokes from atrial fibrillation. By judiciously directing appropriate patients towards novel technologies and medications, Dr. Gitig has been able to help many of his older patients regain an improved quality of life, and remain active, thriving members of their communities. Dr. Gitig maintains a close working relationship with many of his colleagues on the full-time faculty of Mount Sinai’s Division of Cardiology, allowing him to keep abreast of exciting advances in the field. He takes pride in being able to serve as a bridge for his Westchester patients, facilitating their access to cutting-edge treatments, including clinical trials of technologies and devices which they might otherwise not have at their disposal.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

131 Answers
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
"negative" is good: A "negative" stress test means the absence of what is being tested for--i.e. No signs of flow-limiting blockages in coronary arteries. In other words,... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Anxiety and others: Anxiety is at the top of the list of potential causes here some BP meds, especially that dilate arteries strongly, can cause reactive fast pulse and ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Holter monitor?: Various rhythm abnormalities can give these symptoms, but most common is premature beats (apcs or pvcs, depending where in heart the beats arise). The... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Invasive heart test: This is a procedure where narrow, flexible tubes are inserted into a peripheral artery through a cut in the skin, and advanced to the heart. Dye can b... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably not: It sounds like you're referring to normal variant ekg finding, common in young males, called "early repolarization." there's no evidence firmly linkin... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Combo lipid med: Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin) is a combination pill consisting of ezetimide (zetia) and Simvastatin (zocor). It comes in several fixed-dose comb... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
You r more sensitive: It's common for some people to be much more sensitive to feeling their heart beat. This is especially true in young people, who often have higher rest... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Enzyme in heart: Troponin is an enzyme found in heart muscle, which is involved in the muscle fiber's ability to contract. It is extremely specific to heart muscle, an... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: Severity of cardiomyopathy is usually graded in 2 ways: 1) weakness of heart muscle contraction, or "ejection fraction", with lower % meaning more se... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends on severity: The severity of aorta coarctation is defined by the pressure gradient it causes--i.e. How much it obstructs blood flow across it. If this is severe en... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Definitely maybe: It is definitely possible for a tightly-fitting bra to cause significant chest discomfort, even outright pain. However, you need to be careful because... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Mostly just nuisance: It is extremely common for peri-menopausal women to develop heart palpitations. The overwhelming majority of these cases represent heart rhythms that ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Indefinitely?...: Mild congestive heart failure, if aggressively managed with appropriate medications and lifestyle changes, can sometimes remain mild for many years, e... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Several: Cardioversion can convert most ventricular arrhythmias (i.e. Originating from bottom part of the heart) to normal rhythm, and several supraventricular... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Not just exercise: Cardiac rehab aims to get a heart patient back on his/her feet towards functional, healthy living. Part of this is supervised exercise, so that the pa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Not always: In some cases, it is meant to prevent occasional pauses in conduction, which can occur very rarely. Sometimes they are put in to prevent the first suc... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Anti-hypertensives: The fundamental problem is mechanical, with a blockage to blood flow in the aorta. Therefore, the true cure is surgical correction, but this is reserv... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
It depends: Coarctation is usually detected routinely by noting a marked discrepancy in blood pressure between the arms and legs. This frequently is part of a wor... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
May not be related: While possible, it's very rare that an ablation leaves a patient with any lasting symptoms afterwards. The microscopic area of heart tissue destroyed ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes, it can: Heart failure can certainly cause profound fatigue and weakness, and even increased sleepiness. This is usually as a result of limited forward blood f... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Same as short-term: Analyses have not shown any clear risks, including with regards to risk of cancer. Risks over long-term appear to mimic that seen in short-term use (e... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Not dangerous, but..: This can lead to significant distress and even disability. It's important to remember there is nothing dangerous or life-threatening about this. Howev... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends: Low blood pressure is only dangerous if it is impairing adequate oxygen delivery to meet the needs of vital organs of the body, or if it signifies an ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Often nonurgent: The urgency of pacemaker implantation depends on the severity of the underlying slow heart rhythm it is aimed at treating. It's rare that slow heart r... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Ejection Fraction: The ejection fraction (ef) refers to the percentage of blood that is squeezed out with every heartbeat. For instance, if the heart is filled with 100 ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Blood thinner: Dipyridamole is another name for persantine. This is a medication that has blood-thinning properties by preventing platelets from clumping together, a... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
No: It is extremely rare for a person in this age group to have a heart attack. One would nearly always expect there to be an underlying problem with seve... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Angina: Angina is chest discomfort caused by insufficient blood supply to heart muscle. It can manifest as pain, pressure/tightness, burning, or even shortnes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Totally depends: If your heart is normal on routine testing, and you have "sinus tachycardia" (i.e. Normal rhythm just faster than most), often nothing need be done. B... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Short vs Long Term: Device insertion is very safe, with estimated 2% risk of complications (bleeding, infection). Depending on the person's age and health status, they ma... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
To stop fibrillation: "fibrillation" is when the heart muscle is not contracting efficiently, but rather twitching weakly at rapid rates. If this involves the bottom chambe... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Back 2 normal rhythm: Successful cardioversion, by delivering electrical energy externally to the heart, should interrupt the abnormal rhythm, and "reset" the heart's rhyth... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Usually wear & tear: Most cases of chordae tendinae rupture are because of degeneration after years of routine "wear and tear" leads to thickening and retraction. Rarely, ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Best to get checked: People feel their "heart flutter" very commonly. And when no other symptoms or cardiac diseases are present, this is extremely rare to be something se... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Phys therapy helps: This syndrome (aka "p.O.T.S.") can be extremely difficult to treat. You need to look for very specialized centers, with expertise in this disorder. Yo... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
See below: Lad ("left anterior descending" artery)--affects anterior (front) wall of the left ventricle, and apex (the tip). Circumflex artery--affects the later... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
First, repeat labs: It is very common for liver enzymes to go up and down slightly, even in healthy people, so always good to repeat the test and see if normalized. Must ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends on the cause: If due to inherent dysfunction of the electrical system, it is a safe bet it will come back at some point down the road. (however, this can often flic... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Patient & therapist: Important patient factors in determining success of cardiac rehab are motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes, and compliance with advice from me... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
The list is long: Angina, caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart, is at the top of the list. However, depending on your age, gender, and risk factors for heart ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: Lvh, or left ventricular hypertrophy, means the walls of the heart have thickened due to generation of excess muscle. This is usually caused by chroni... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depeds which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Definitely maybe: While it more typically causes "sharp", muscular-like pain that is well-localized to the affected rib, costochondritis sometimes can feel more like a ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Meds or ablation: Anti-arrhythmic meds, which alter electrical properties of the heart, can suppress afib. The potential toxicities of these meds mandates careful selec... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Plain old tremor: "essential" is a bad name. It is used in medicine to describe a condition that "just is", i.e. Not caused by some other underlying disease. Example: "... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
See below: Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the hear... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Relieves angina: The precise mechanism of how eecp relieves angina (chest pain) is not known. The treatments actively assist the heart in ejecting blood, so it has to ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
No, but the meds can: Atrial fib should not affect erectile dysfunction in any direct way. However, two classes of medications commonly used to control heart rate in atrial... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
You mean chest pain?: I would say if it is truly "heart pain" then it is never "minor", and always cause for concern. However i assume you mean pain in left side of chest. ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
"Low" is semantic: "normal" blood pressure is an arbitrary thing--i.e. Lower cutoffs of 100 systolic, 60 diastolic were created b/c above these are where the vast majori... Read More

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Dr. Gitig is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gitig is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank You.I recently quit smoking after 35 years and have been trying to improve my health.Since quitting I've been able to stop taking my blood pressure medication as ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I eat pretty well but --of course could eat better~~~I use NO salt, sugar,MSG, red meat, use only olive oil, fish 1-2 week am 79 and active as my 40 year old workers!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This kind of info really motivates me to do a better job of taking care of my body!!! Thank you so much!!!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 2001MD

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa (University of Pennsylvania)
Summa Cum Laude (University of Pennsylvania)
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