Dr. Mark Rasak

Cardiology
Farmington, MI
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI

Address

28080 grand river ave suite 300 w, FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 12am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Humana

United healthcare

Alliance Health

Blue Care Network of Michigan

CIGNA Health Care

Health Alliance Plan

M-CARE, Ann Arbor, MI

UnitedHealth Group

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Botsford Health Plan

American Intl Group

Communitycare

Medicaid

Molina Healthcare Inc

CCA

farmington hills, MI

Office

Farmington, MI

About

Bio

49 yo male . cardiologist. trained in general , preventitive ,and interventional cardiology. i am board certafied in internal medicine , cardiology ,and interventional cardiology. i did my internal medicine training at botsford hospital in farmington hills michigan. cardiology training was a consortium and included botsford hospital ,garden city hospital and the university of michigan. my interventional cardiology training was at the university of michigan ann arbor michigan. i have been in private practice 16 yrs . im on staff at providence hosp in southfield mi , providence park hospital in novi mi, botsford hospital , the dmc hospitals , oakwood hospital in dearborn mi and beaumont hospital in royal oak mi.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

878 Answers
397 Agrees
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Thyroid medicine or suplements will increase heart rate and thus increase cardiac output.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Many: Wt loss , low sodium diet , medications, etc.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Disease vs symptom: Coronary artery disease is cholesterol build up in the coronary arteries. CHF is a symptom complex of shortness of breath . Unable to lay flat . Wakin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Any arrhythimia: The heart can flutter with premature ventricular contractions ( pvc), premature atrial contractions (pac ), atrial fibrillatrion etc. Fluttering als... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Could be many things: Without going thru a long list of possibilities, a holter moniter or event recorder to see your rythm after eating would be helpful. An eval of your d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Lack oxyen: Lack of oxygen causes pain in any muscle when oxygen demand out strips suply . In the legs its called cludication. As for the shortness of breath it c... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Stress on heart: Pts who go to high altitudes find that there is less availbla oxygen for them to do such things as execise etc. Over time the body adapts by making mo... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: As long as its well controlled and no signigicant exercise induced hypertension is present. This assumes a thorough cardiovascular workup was done at ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Varies: There's no one size fits all in medicine , but as a general rule blood pressures with systolic (top) of less than 130 and bottom less than 80 ( diasto... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
U mean essential ?: I think you mean essential hypertension . This is high blood pressure that has not been explained by a secondary cause. These secondary causes may be ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
I u mean inflamed?: I think you mean inflamed . This is called pericarditis. This is usually caused by infections or after a heart attack. Autoimmune diseases and gout ca... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
You mean malfunction: The aortic valve has 3 parts or leaflets. When its called bicuspid it has only 2 leaflets. This can be congenital or aquired. If two of the cusps fus... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends on severity: Severe constrictive pericardiris can be treated with surgery called a pericardiotomy where they strip off the sack around the heart to relieve the con... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Useful for bypass: The mammary artery is a vessel that suplies blood to the chest wall. It is used in bypass surgery . The artery is re routed from the chest to the hear... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Bundle branch block: A left bundle branch or LBBB is a slowing of conduction in the left bundle of the conduction system to the left ventricle. It may be a sign of underly... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Many: Clogged arteries to the heart, pulmonary embolus, electrolye abn , congenital heart disease, drug s both legal and illegal, etc.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
The cause: Endocarditis is damage to the heart valves . Infective endocarditis is caused by bugs such as staph aureas . Non infectious endocarditis can be caused... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Life stlye changes: Prevention of arteriosclerosis is possible but not gaurenteed. Some pts can follow a very healthy life style and still get arteriosclerosis. This so b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Food can affect meds: Afib is a rythm that can be very fast and can cause a stroke from blod clots going to the brain. Many patients are on Coumadin (warfarin) a blood thin... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends: If its severe it usually affects atheletes and active people pts can have an arrythmia leading to sudden death. It can cause pts to faint. Especiall... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Not really: Most herbals are mild versions of the perscription treatment. Herbals are not regulated .Contrary to common beliefs herbals do have side effects and ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Vagal nerve overstim: Most causes of hypotn and low heart rate come from overstimulation of the vagus nerve . This causes slow heart rates and vasodilation with drop in blo... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Almost any: Almost any virus can cause a virial cardiomyopathy but the most common are enteroviruses, coxsackievirus a and b, echovirus, influenza, polio, adenovi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Structurual abn: Patients with structrally abnormal hearts or with baseline prlonged q t intervals should not take flecanide as it may cause an irregular rythm that ca... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
NSAIDS: Pericarditis is inflamation. Of the sack around the heart . Anti-inflamatories such as Motrin are helpful. Steroids are used in severe cases. Colchici... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Refractory symptoms: Pts that fail a maximal oral medical therapy reqiure multiple admissions to the hospital visits requiring IV medications to stay out of heart failur... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Not really related: Conduction system of heart is as follows. Sa node is in the rt atrium.This fires & the impulse travels to the av node just above the venticles. There... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: First an evauation to confirm a circulation problem needs to be done. A nerve that is being pinched or carpal tunnel syndrome can have similar symptom... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Could be many things: If hes overweight and never exercised than poor conditioning may explain things. But if this is a change in his tolerence then he needs a full physica... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Thes stomach and heart share common nervous system inervation. This can cause people with a heart problem to think its their stomach giving there pro... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Generic Plavix (clopidogrel) also called clopidigral. Make sure your drs didnt pick Effient for a specific reason. Samples and patient assist progra... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
What tests ?: What tests were done? "swollen adams apple" could be enlarged thyroid and cause difficulty with swallowing. Was thyroid evaluated?
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: Your pressure is too high ! go to your doctor for a full physical and testing you will most likely need to be placed on BP meds.
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends: Like anything else the risk of taking a medicine has to be weighed against the benefits . The higher the risk profile the more they will benefit . Ibu... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
The aorta tears: The aorta is made up layers. When blood gets in between the layers through a tear it causes the aorta to dissect the dissection flap closes and obstr... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Maybe: The symptoms sound like pvcs. The early ventricular beat is followed by a pause then the following beat is accentuated and palpable. This may be nothi... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Possible but: Usually a other symptoms would be evident as well. An isolated headache would be unusal.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
No: If your truly allergic to Ibuprofen then Naproxen is also a bad idea. Aspirin less clear. Make sure you have a true allergy. Some pts will call a side... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Depends: Like most of medicine we try to find the cause of the problem so we can target the therapy . Treating the underlying cause is the most effective thera... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Many causes: Enlargememt of the lymphnodes can be anything from infections to allergies to malignancy you need a full history and phsical along with labs and a... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Full work up: A full work up is needed. But at first blush, vasodepressor syndrome seems to fit. Has anyone suggested a tilt table?
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Sure: Theres no reason you cant. Not sure of the indication/benefit . Remember even "natural remedies " have side efects, but no issue with taking them most... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Pre-eclampsia: BP of 140/90 or higher is considered high for pregnant pts. When the BP is high enough to cause protien to show in the moms urine (kidey damage) its c... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
A few things: Ibs and blood pressure problems are diseases that need treatment in their own right. One didnt cause the other . Aniety makes both worse. I try to pic... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
When ur dr says so: Other than the green light from your dr or orthopedist, ususally when pain and swelling resolves and you can weight bear with out difficulties. Check ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
If heart is ok...: Once heart is determined to be ok then a thorough exam of the shoulder should be done. An MRI of the shoulder to rule out ligament/tendon, rotator cuf... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
To reduce sodium i: Water pills remove salt and water from the body and this lowers thr blood pressure.
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Yes: It can be a cyst , a fatty tumor or a lymph node to name a few. Location , pain with touching it, time frame it was noticed, is it getting bigger ? Et... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
Many: Ibs, inflamatory bowel disease, infections, side effects of meds especially some meds like antibiotics and some otc supplements. Just to name a few. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 35 years experience
peptide hormone: Produced mostly in liver, angiotensin 1 is formed after renin cleaves angiotesinogen. Renin is produced in kidneys. Angiotensin 2 is formed after ace... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 13, 2014
Mark is not only an expert in his field but has a remarkable vast medical knowledge. Truly an asset to Healthtap and a caring patient advocate. I'd send him my consults in a "heartbeat" if he were c...Read More
Oct 23, 2013
Fast, Fantastic answers to often complex questions, truly an asset to the Medical Community. A true national leader in Cardiovascular Health Care and management.
Jul 15, 2014
I highly recommend Dr. Mark Rasak. He is a very knowledgeable and caring cardiologist.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Recently diagnosed by biopsy w/sarcoid clusters near bronchi and kidneys, concurrently began experiencing. Raynaud syndrome in toes and fingers, neurologist states they...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am only on the lowest dose of a statin for high cholesterol and I have just bought a nutribullet so I was concerned about the warning . Thank you
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have pain in my upper at upper abdomen under my rib cage I went through about gastric bypass 3 years ago and had my gallbladder removed ap

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Hofstra University North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1988MD

Awards

detroit hour magazine top doc
Top Doctor, First Place, Ann Arbor, MI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Ann Arbor, MI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Cardiovascular clinical assocs
Beaumont hospital
Botsford general hospital
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