Dr. Samuel Hahn

Cardiology
New Haven, CT
30 years experience

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New Haven, CT

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175 Sherman Ave, New Haven, CT
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Undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering 1989 Medical degree from Harvard-MIT Program in Health Science Technology 1993 nternal Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital 1993-1996 Cardiology & Interventional Cardiology Fellowships, Massachusetts General Hospital 1996-2000 Managing Partner, HeartCare Associates of CT 2000-2010 Director, Cardiac Cath Lab, Hospital of St. Raphael 2010-

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Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

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90 Answers
148 Agrees
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Difficult diagnosis: First a few definitions because this field is fraught with poor nomenclature: acute pericarditis is most often not diagnosed by echocardiography. Chro... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Unusual med: Isordil (isosorbide dinitrate) is used to treat angina or systolic heart failure. Constriction does not usually cause chest pain and Isordil (isosorbi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Possibly: Abnormal ekg's (ecg's) are one diagnostic criteria for prior heart attacks. However, these changes can also be seen in hypertension, cardiomyopathies,... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Can be any Valve: Endocarditis can affect any valve, usually depends on source and any pre-existing abnormalities.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
No: Patent it if you come up with one.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Unusual to rare: The most common form of restrictive CM is cardiac amyloid, of which there are many types. Other causes are sarcoidosis, endocardial fibroelastosis, an... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Minimal : There is a small amount of radiation from the scan but it is less than from a cat scan. If you do an exercise stress test, there is a small risk from ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Carefully!: Seriously though, the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass, the donor heart is readied, the recipient heart is arrested and removed - usually t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Many things: "dizziness" can be caused by low blood pressure, sinusitis, viral infection, ear infection, meniere's disease, a stroke or tia, brain tumor or other C... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends: Your complex medical history makes a pregnancy high risk but not necessarily impossible. The HTN is easiest, make sure you control your bp. Thyroid di... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Sometime more nausea: Inferior ischemia is sometimes more often associated with nausea/vomiting and syncope due to heart block. These symptoms however are also seen in any ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Similar: The first icds required surgeons to place patches on the surface of the heart and the patches were connected by wires to the generator which was a lar... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Nothing good: The most common side effects are a pounding headache and dizziness/lightheadedness from low bp. Not recommended for recreation.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends on cause: Some cardiomyopathies can be treated or rarely "cured" but most cannot. Dilated is the most common. Some curable forms include nutritional, lbbb, tach... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Possibly but unusual: Hypernatremia is usually caused by loss of water in excess of loss of salt. Since one of the signs of dehydration is orthostatic hypotension it is pos... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Probably: As long as the patient did not have an actual infarct and was not having serious arrhythmias, i wouldn't necessarily have a problem using dobutamine. ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Not enough info: Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest. The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel by... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Immunosuppression: Heart transplant surgery is actually relatively straightforward. The key to survival is the post-operative care, especially immunosuppression to make ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Aerobic: Common exercises include: treadmill, stationary bike, light free weights, arm ergometer, stretching/yoga.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Reset button: Enough current applied through the chest wall and into the heart will basically depolarize all of the heart muscle at once. As the heart electrically ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Pollin: I am not aware of the "pollen" cardiac rehab initiative. There is a "pollin" center for cardiovascular wellness at brigham and women's hospital in bos... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
No: Assuming full recovery, return to normal cardiac function and no complications, open heart surgery per se does not result in permanent disability.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Usually not: Bbb is due to slow conduction down the right bundle. It is usually asymptomatic and benign. Rarely, it is caused by other conditions such as cardiomyo... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Slow heart rate: Both medications slow the electrical conduction through the heart. The combination may slow specialized nerve tissue too much and lead to serious brad... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Not much: Q waves may indicate previous scarring from infarction or other process or may be completely normal or from a conduction abnormality (hemiblock or acc... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Health maintenance: The top causes of HF in the US are coronary artery disease, HTN, renal failure. These can be prevented/managed with good healthy lifestyles and meds. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Not necessary: Isolated rbbb does not require treatment. Sometimes, bbbs are a market for other problems: cardiomyopathy, endocarditis, lyme disease. In that case th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Yes: Heart flutter can mean almost anything to different people. I have had patients note "palpitations" or "gurgling" in their chest from a hiatal hernai ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Can be normal: A myocardial bridge is when a coronary artery the normally runs on top of the heart actually dives into the muscle and is compressed with each heart b... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends what else: Contrary to popular belief, it's not the eggs but all of the other fats we eat that have a tendency to raise cholesterol. If you had a diet of mostly ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Probably yes: Depends upon why you had the ablation and what your specific problem was but probably yes - in moderation. Conditions where i would try to limit alcoh... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Usually not: The aorta and/or aneurysms usually can't be seen on a regular x-ray (neither can an appendix) but if the aneurysm is very calcified, one might get a s... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Probably not: Left ventricular noncompaction syndrome is a relatively new cardiac syndrome that is diagnosed by echo or cardiac mri. I am not aware of any associati... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Too many: That is a very complicated situation. The cases could be pulmonary and/or cardiac. Tof and bicuspid av alone could cause sob from anyone of at least 6... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
No way to tell: Most murmurs and palpitations are benign but there is no way of knowing from the limited information given. See your physician.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
See a specialist: The mustard procedure was common before complete surgical correction of tga (transposition of the great arteries). The problem with the mustard proced... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Relativity: There are no perfect treatments for af. The most effective, amiodarone, unfortunately has the most serious long term toxicity. The problem with all ot... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Hypotension: If you are taking it for alopecia, the most common side effect is hypotension or low blood pressure, especially when changing position (i.e. Sitting t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Not sure: A heart tremor is not a medical diagnosis. Can you be more specific.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Not usually: They are not usually related but I have seen very rare cases of aorto-enteric fistulas from diverticulitis eroding into the aorta. Extremely rare.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Yes and no: There is no direct correlation between hla types and the incidence of CAD that I am aware of. However, certain hla types, ie b27, are associated with ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends: The elevation of ck-mb is in direct proportion to the size of the infarction. The highest i personally have ever seen was about 1000 but that is very ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Cause and effect: Viral cardiomyopathies are one cause of dilated cardiomyopathies. Other causes of dilated cardiomyopathies include: inherited, metabolic, nutritional,... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Yes: Side effects from the angiogram can be related to the procedure (bleeding or injury to the blood vessels from the catheters used to inject the contras... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Maybe better: There is debate in cardiovascular surgery whether radial arteries have better long term results than saphenous vein grafts. Assuming the surgeon is ex... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
CHF, AF, PAD, Valve: Patients with chf, venous insufficiency, dvt, pulmonary embolism, arrhythmias such as af, claudication/pad, significant valve disease are not usually ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Booster pump: Instead of a totally artificial heart which replaces the entire heart, an lvad is a much smaller pump that boosts the pumping ability of the left vent... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Depends: Like most of medicine and life, you have to balance relative risk vs absolute risk. The absolute risk of an lvad is high (stroke, infection, death) bu... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Better: Totally artificial hearts have fallen out of favor. Life expectancy has been very short, less than 2 years.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 30 years experience
Lots of kids do: Nomspecific chest pain is a fairly common complaint among children, especially young girls. Chest pain that interferes with exercise or play should be... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hahn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hahn is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 30, 2012
Prioritized my concerns and gave me a concise answer and direction.
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Somehow I'm a veggie :-( some times i get nose bleeds-in fact blood stains in mucosa when i forcefully blow through nose- and i think it has something to do with O3FA
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Your right, mine has improved with meds. Now if they can fix the irregular beat . I hope it will slow the profession of damage. Thanks!
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Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, it was very helpful in consideration of my options. I really appreciate it.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard Medical School, MA
Graduated 1993MD

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