Dr. Andrew Freeman

Cardiology
Denver, CO
20 years experience male

Locations

Office

Denver, CO

Address

National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 1:00pm
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About

Bio

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, FACP is the director of clinical cardiology and operations, director of ambulatory monitoring, co-director of nuclear cardiology and is an active member of the academic staff at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Cardiology

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not really: Tia or transient ischemic attack is essential a stroke that resolves quickly ... As such it is cerebrovascular disease which is part of the cardiovasc... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many things: Dizziness can be a heart rhythm problem, dehydration, thyroid problem, or an inner ear problem. I would suggest speaking to your primary care doctor.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many things...: Pain above the waist can be your heart (i.e. Angina), chest wall or musculoskeletal pain, your lungs, or even your GI tract such as reflux. Speak with... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many: A big heart is often a weak heart or a cardiomyopathy. These can come from coronary disease, valvular disease, metabolic issues like thyroid disease, ... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
No: Statins or hmg co a reductase inhibitors are used to treat dyslipidemia or high cholesterol -- not high blood pressure.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Maybe You Need Salt: If you're frequently dehydrated, try drinking an electrolyte drink like gatorade or g2 which also contains sodium or salt instead of water. Of course,... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Heart Skipping: A palpitation is a sense of your heart skipping -- it may not actually be doing so, but is the feeling that it is. It is up to your doctors to look fo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Pericardium: Congenital absence or partial pericardium is found throughout the world. In most cases, it has no clinical significance, but can show up incidentally ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not sure but...: Frequent thirst can be a sign of diabetes or thyroid disease as can palpitations. I would suggest seeing your primary physician for some blood work an... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
It's difficult: Depending on the nature of the pain, additional testing such as a stress test could be useful to help figure out where your chest pain is coming from.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Death, Heart Failure: The worst consequence of all would be death, but others would include heart failure (a weak heart), infection (mediastinitis), pericardial effusion (f... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Unequal BP: With a coarct or "pinching" of the aorta, you might have high blood pressure in the top of your body and low pressure in the lower part of your body. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not sure: Not sure why you would have two pacemakers... Usually only one is left in place when you have a generator or battery change. Perhaps you mean a dual c... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Seek urgent care: These are not symptoms to take lightly -- seek urgent care -- not online. It may be ibs, but don't take the risk of "waiting it out".
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Yes, usually: Pleuritic pain is what doctors call it and it can indeed come with a pulmonary embolism, but could also be any type of chest pain, or no pain at all. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Holter time: Probably not a bad idea to get a holter which is a type of monitor to see if there are electrical problems with your heart.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
See your doctor: If you have gained that much weight you need to see your doctor asap. I'm not certain what "organic" water pills are, but a more potent, traditional d... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Seek urgent care: If your face is significantly swollen, it could be a medicine reaction. Many medicines are often used after mitral surgery, ace inhibitors like Lisino... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Maybe: Palpitations can be arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) or stress or many other things. See your doctor for a careful history and physical and maybe so... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
It depends: Not all manufacturers make generic drugs the same -- different additives, colorants, etc may be present. Check with the manufacturer.
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Check with your doc: In general, 30 minutes of exercise per day at a level you cannot complete a sentence is what is recommended, once you complete cardiac rehab (if after... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Adrenals: Cushing syndrome is an excess of cortisol (a steroid) produced predominantly by the adrenal (suprarenal) glands.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Family: Blood is thicker than water; that is family matters. Try to reconcile today and see how you feel.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Moderation: Everything in moderation: generally, lower is better but too low can be dangerous and cause its own problems. Ideal is 110/70 or close thereto.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
All by age 20: It's recommended that everyone have a screen by age 20; sometimes genetics can predispose you to high cholesterol and premature heart disease which co... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Both: At high altitudes, particularly when you first arrive there, it is normal for heart rate and breathing rate to increase. Usually, once acclimated, the... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
It Depends: It depends on what your risk factors are, what your cholesterol is, and what medicine you're on. Once every year or two without any known issues is pr... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Unsure: If your belly is hard and hurts, you may have a serious issue - including an incarcerated (trapped) hernia, infection, and many other issues. See anot... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Sure: Statins even once per week can be beneficial, but they're best taken each evening for maximum effect.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Flax is good: Any plant contains fiber which can help with digestive processes and bowel movements. Pysllium, a plant fiber, is the most often used and is available... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
A vest and an AED: An AED is a device in public paces to "restart" or shock a heart back into normal rhythm. A vest (i.e. Life vest) is a wearable defibrillator that is ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Anything... but...: You can eat anything, but in reality your best bet is to switch to a more healthful diet which is what i call "flexeterian" -- mostly plant based prod... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Acute Injury: Hypotension or low blood pressure can cause underperfusion of the kidney leading to acute kidney injury or acute tubular necrosis. Speak with your phy... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
It depends: Depending on what condition you have and if you have had any surgical correction and how recent some of these repairs may make you more prone to a hea... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Sure: You might be worried about an infection of a repaired coarct. I would speak with your heart doctor or surgeon before proceeding, because you may need ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Stepwise: In short, after anesthesia is induced, the chest is opened and in some cases, the heart and lungs are bypassed (some are not done this way). Then arte... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Unlikely: Pain itself can cause elevated heart rate and palpitations, but opiated don't typically cause fluttering or palpitations. I would check further with y... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Only on Valentine's: Just kidding. Any strong sensation or emotion can cause you to sense palpitations or heart fluttering ... But it shouldn't actually cause rhythm probl... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Only if symptoms: As long as your heart rate is not causing you to be lightheaded our pass out, it shouldn't be a major issue... But i would check with your doctor to b... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Most: Depending on how big and where the aneurysm is, when the timing is right, most larger hospitals have vascular or thoracic surgeons who can repair this... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many ways: Heart pain can manifest in many ways.... Chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, breast pain, etc can all be angina. Talk to your doctor if these s... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not sure: All arteries generate a pulse -- the blood flow through organs and throughout your body. A pulse that you can feel that is not painful is probably nor... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not clear: Sarcoid is a multiorgan granulomatous condition which is thought to be caused in part by genetic predisposition and environmental exposure. Numerous c... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Most of the time: Most of the larger more permanent blood pressure machine in supermarkets and drugstores are usually decently accurate. Of course, nothing beats a good... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes sudden increases in blood pressure can make the face red, but flushing is often associated with the body's own temperature regulation, or ca... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many things: Palpitations are a sensation of skipped heart beats. They can happen due to an electrical problem, a metabolic problem like thyroid disease, or may be... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Often: Depending on what is heard, a murmur is an indication for an echo, and sometimes and ecg. Many murmurs are benign or flow murmurs which are usually sh... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Many things: Dysesthesia or tingling in the hands in feet can be due to a problem with blood supply, but also can be due to nerve problems. I would suggest a caref... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
It's equivocal: It depends on what condition you have but larger metanalyses are suggesting they don't necessarily seem to be the wonder drug we all thought... Talk t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 20 years experience
Maybe: Any supplement, food, or pill has the potential to cause a rash. If you are overweight, rashes under the belly tend to be fungal and need good dry ai... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Freeman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Freeman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply!, my cardiologist says it's not cardio related. My gp gave ciplar la20 and stresnil.5
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank-you. I will go see a doctor. I can't thank you enough.
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) hypo happening more&more, Dr says c Endo 4 addisons test.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Faculty Ambassador, National Jewish Health
Top Cardiologist , First Place, Colorado - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

FACC
FACP
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