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Dr. Howard Rubin

Cardiology
Houston, TX
48 years experience male

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

6400 Fannin, Suite 3000, Houston, TX
Directions

About

Bio

I am a board certified Interventional and Clinical Cardiologist. I was trained at Southwestern Medical School and I have been in practice of cardiology since 1979.

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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Perfusion defect: If stress test done with chemical, the probably not artifact.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Statin: May or may not be from statin. Hard to tell from such brief description.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Crest syndrome: Different from scleroderma only by sparing the kidneys.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Dextrocardia: Just that the heart is on the right rather than the left side of the chest and can be associated with situs inversus where organs in abdomen are also ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Gastric bypass : Can be done as open procedure or with a laparoscope.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Sorbitrate: Not to be used with aortic stenosis, ihss, orthostatic hypotension. Check with your doctor first.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hypotension: Salt, fluids, support six or panty hose, elevation of legs above the heart.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Heart transplant: Cost of surgery in india unknown but post surgery cost of anti-rejection medications is about $50000 per year. The operation is only one small piece o... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Cholesterol: Fenofibrate should be used after diet and exercise measures to reduce cholesterol, not instead of these measures, so examine your diet first.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Exercise: regular exercise improves the efficiency of the extraction of oxygen by your muscles so that the heart becomes more efficient as a pump..
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Chf: Subjective symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the ankles.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Heart failure: From your description, i suspect that your mother died from severe congestive heart failure with a very weak heart that caused fluid to back up into t... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Dialysis: Blood pressure after dialysis is related to the volume removed with the treatment. If his blood pressure is high between dialysis treatments, then thi... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Palpitations: Cannot answer but holter monitor may help give you an answer.
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Beta blockers: Both beta blockers so could probably switch back but tell your physician
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hypertension: Cut salt intake, lose weight, but you still may need a second medication as 60% or more patients with hypertension still may need 2 or more medication... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Edema: Lay with the feet way above the level of the heart.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Viagra (sildenafil): The drug does lower blood pressure.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Palpitations: Reduce intake of caffeine, alcohol, decongestants, other stimulants first. If that does not help, then seek medical advice.
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Swelling: Multiple potential causes including heart, kidney, liver, or vein problems in the legs.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hypertension: Weight loss, low salt in diet, reduce alcohol intake, aerobic exercise, medications.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Kyphosis: May be from compressed thoracic vertebra. Get spinal x-rays.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hypertension: That is a very high blood pressure for which i would recommend prompt attention to get it down.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hyperlipidia: Means high cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels in the blood.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Myocardiainfarction: Arriving to the hospital later rather than earlier can decrease the chance of early intervention to open the artery that saves heart muscle to be effe... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Coarctation: Raises the blood pressure.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Htpertension: Weight loss if you are overweight and some people are sensitive to salt.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Ablation: Depends on the arrhythmia. For atrial fibrillation, about 80%, for atrial flutter, close to 95%, for ventricular tachycardia, 90+%.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Pericarditis: Pweicardiocentesis is utilized for removing fluid in the pericardial sac when the fluid is pressing on the heart and restricting flow. The fluid is an... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Pacemakers: These devices are for patients with heart rates that are too low.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
RBBB: This is a disorder of the conduction tissue of the heart that is found by electrocardiogram that signifies slightly prolonged conduction through the v... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
CAD: Chest pain with exertion, shortness of breath, palpitations, black out spells. Rarely, the only manifestation could be sudden death.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Those with family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, overweight, men and post-menopausal women. There is a web site fo... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Nuclear stress : No as the caffeine affects the isotope used.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Arteriosclerosis: Of the heart is the most common cause of death in men and women in the U.S.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Reducing cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, smoking cessation, treating diabetes are the know risk factor "treatments" to hopefully slow the p... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
MVP: Does not show anything special on an ekg.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
CAD: The number one cause of death in men and women in the U.S.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Mitral stenosis: Mitral stenosis is narrowing of the mitral valve usually from rheumatic fever as a long term complication. Mitral facies is only a descriptive term of... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Cough: Certain medications have cough as a side effect such as a class called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor in about 10% if patients who take such ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Cholesterol: Mediterranean diet, aerobic exercise, low saturated fat, low trans-fat , high vegetable and fruit diet.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Hypotension: Better question is the benefit of the medication to raise the blood pressure greater than the risk of having symptoms with low blood pressure? This is... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Medication: Potential to reduce potassium especially on a high salt diet. Can reduce magnesium. Can reduce sodium with high water intake. Can slightly increase gl... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Isometric exercise: Actually raises blood pressure out of proportion to heart rate not recommended for hypertension.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
High blood pressure: Coarctation of the aorta which is a narrowing of the aorta can cause high blood pressure in the arms and low blood pressure in the legs. This should b... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Coronary angiogram: Usually the benefit of the information found with coronary angiogram far outweighs the risk to the patient.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Facial droop: Is from involvement of the part of the brain that specifically controls the facial muscles which is the 7th cranial nerve.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Amiodarone: Alcohol can cause arrhythmias. Discuss side effects with your prescribing physician and your pharmacist.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Soboe: Short of breath on exertion.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Cardiac asthma: Both refer to symptoms that are usually interpreted as pulmonary in origin, but found to be from increased fluid in the lung from congestion from hear... Read More
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May 23, 2015
Great answers. Thank you for your help! A fantastic physician.
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I recommend this Physician
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Dr. I had an ablation done by Dr Sauer of University Hospital Denver.
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Thank you. I need all the information I can get right now as I have just recently been Diagnosed with Crest.
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Thanks for your quick reply! My doc said it was my adderall. But didn't take it the first night

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1974MD

Residency

SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Cardiologist , Second Place, Texas - Winter
2013
Top Cardiologist , Second Place, Texas - Fall
2014
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