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Dr. James Strader

Cardiology
Plano, TX
23 years experience male

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Plano, TX

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HeartPlace - Plano, 1640 Coit Road, Plano, TX
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General comprehensive cardiovascular medicine

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Cardiology

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112 Answers
20 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: In overweight individuals, loosing weight can significantly reduce the symptoms and episodes of chf. It can make a huge difference. Good luck!
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Take his Meds: Your dad has lots of risks for heart and vascular disease, but having those issues is not a guarantee. The best advice is to take his medications rel... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: No relationship at all.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Rhythm control: Sotalol is an antiarrhythmic medication to treat certain types of heart rhythm disorders. Paradoxically it can cause potentially lethal cardiac rhyt... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Heart rate / stroke: Two issues with afib. The first is stroke. Afib is a risk for stroke, and thus all patients with afib need some sort of blood thinner. Whether that... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Big heart : Cardiomegaly simply means a big heart. If found dictated on an x-ray report, it can be due to the x-ray technique and not an abnormality, per se. At... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No easy way: Rarely do cholesterol plaques regress. There are a couple of studies showing that very high-dose statin use (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) can c... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Depends: If you have heart or vascular disease, or diabetes, your LDL goal is 100 or less (optimally 70). If not, an ideal LDL is 130 or less, but 160 is con... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Cholesterol plaque: It means the aorta has some cholesterol plaques on it. When noted on a x-ray or ct scan, this typically means that some calcified plaques are present... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: It is not uncommon for high blood pressure to have effects on the ventricles. But this does not happen unless the BP has been quite high for some ti... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No pseudofed: Alot of sinus medications contain pseudofed, which can dangerously raise the blood pressure in people with hypertension. Look for labels that state ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Catheter ablations for cardiac arrhythmias are now well-established procedures. The specifics in terms of likelihood for success and/or complication... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Lots: Cardiac ablations are highly successful procedures to help manage and sometimes cure cardiac dysrhythmias. The key is to find a really good ep doc.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Avoid sweets & pasta: It's what you shouldn't eat: sweets and pastas are what typically cause elevated triglycerides. Good quality fish oil supplements and exercise he... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Lots of things: We have about 100, 000 heart beats / day. It is typically to have a few dozen to few hundred extra / skipped beats, just by the law of averages. The... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Watch dietary salt: Some people have salt-sensitive hypertension. It has to do with how the kidney's process and handle sodium levels in the blood (there are a few key h... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Need to get seen: If you have concerns over having a long qt on a prior ecg, the best approach would be to take that to a cardiologist and have them do a new ECG at tha... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Rhythm control: Sotalol is an antiarrhythmic medication to treat certain types of heart rhythm disorders. Paradoxically it can cause potentially lethal cardiac rhyt... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No!!: A bav puts a person at higher risk for needing heart valve surgery in middle age and older. But heart valve disease does not cause seizures. Seizure... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: BP usually goes up during exercise, and during recovery it usually goes a bit lower than it was before you started exercising. It then typically will ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Various: The biggest risk with low blood pressure is that you'll get dizzy, lightheaded, or pass out. The biggest risk with high blood pressure is that if ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: Pacemaker implantation is a routine procedure for experienced operators. While there are risks to any procedure, the risk of serious adverse events... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Caffeine, alcohol: Some people - but not all - with arrhythmias are sensitive to caffeine and alcohol. Other common triggers include stress, lack of sleep, sugar, slee... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Probably long-term: Most people with heart surgery require some degree of medication for life following the surgery. I'm not too familiar with the particular medications... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
they can be: But....If you are pregnant and having palpitations, it's important to get it checked out; go to your OB right away. If you are having palpitations an... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
None: Rbbb is a slight cardiac condition abnormality. It causes no symptoms, is not associated with any other conditions, and is really of no significant ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Depends : Depends on how low, and if you are on blood pressure or heart medications. Most people are on some sort of medication following heart valve surgery... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: The diagnosis of what is causing your palpitations requires a cardiac exam, some heart testing, and some lab work. Palpitations can be a sign of seri... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: If the palpitations are fast or frequent enough, it can sort of be like running a race while you're sitting still. So yes, they can make you quite ti... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Low bp and dizziness: Nitrates cause lowering of bp, which can cause dizziness and a feeling as if one might faint. It can also cause headaches.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: 72 is just fine!
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
See heart doc ASAP!!: This sounds very abnormal. I would see a cardiologist right away.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: People live fine without a pericardial sac. It is often removed, or partially removed, with bypass surgery, which is quite common.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Heart and kidney: Ace inhibitors are blood pressure medications used for blood pressure treatment. They also have effects independent of the blood pressure effect on t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yep: No worries with those numbers. The hr falls quickly in fit people.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Anything above 1.5: The INR is a measure of how "thin" the blood is, typically due to the use of prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin). A normal INR i... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No: No significant interactions between these two drugs is known to exist. Some people feel slighty tired or fatigued on propanolol, to the zolpidem may... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
prolapse vs leak: Mvp is a congenital disorder of the mitral valve where the collagen fibers that make up the valve are disorganized. It may or may not be associated w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Yep, that's totally normal.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: People with sore ribs typically won't take the usual number of deep breaths or big sighs in a given time period (say per hour) that we all usually unc... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
No, but: It might make your diastolic heart failure worse. A BP that high will put a lot of stress on your heart and can make the heart failure symptoms worse... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: An inr of 8.7 is really abnormal. I would call your doctor immediately for further guidance. You may need a ct scan to ensure you're not internally ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Maybe: Depends on the tea, of course, but most decaffeinated products do retain a very small dose of caffeine (usually.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
PVC's: Pvc's are early, extra beats. They can be followed by a slight pause as the heart beat "resets.". However, some pauses are caused by failure to con... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
V-fib???: V-fib that lasts more than a few seconds is typically lethal and results in sudden death. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is a different thing entirely, ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
More school: Electrophysiologists are cardiologist who have gone further in training to do highly advanced work on treating cardiac arrhythmias. They are basicall... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Not usually: Urine is made from water and waste products the blood stream delivers to the kidneys. In effect, the kidneys are giant filters, but the blood vesse... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes and no: The complication rate for serious adverse events with a routine heart cath is on the order of 1/1000 to 1/10000. While rare, when they do happen t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Competitive athlete's typically get a particular type of heart enlargement called "athlete's heart." it is usually a benign adaptation to the athleti... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Strader is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Strader is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My family phycian hasn't said anything about the blood pressure and she said no need to see a specialist yet, my kidney function was 51:
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much, I just did mine this morning. The one was 2.3 hope it will be good.
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Thanks so much. It gives me peace of mind to know something caused it that I can avoid.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1999MD
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