Dr. Howard Rubin

Cardiology
Houston, TX
49 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

349 Answers
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Cholesterol: More concern should be directed to a high cholesterol as for every 1mg elevation over 200 increases the risk of coronary artery disease by 1%. Discus... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Ablation: Low risk possible complication.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Butter: High in saturated fat so can raise the ldl.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Cardiology 49 years experience
Overweight: Get a diet plan from a dietitian and an exercise plan from a trainer. Avoid androgenic steroids.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
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Cardiology 49 years experience
Coarctation: Suegical repair or aortic stent.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
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Cardiology 49 years experience
ICD: You must be at risk for an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation that the icd is designed to detect and shock to avoid sudden death.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Coarctation: Usualky pretty good if corrected.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Left anterior descen: This has been called the "widow maker" artery that can cause angus, heart attack or myocardial infarction, or sudden death.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Cardiology 49 years experience
Cardiac output: This is a product of stroke volume or cc's of blood per beat times the heart rate so cardiac output increases with either an increase in stroke volume... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Genetics: Family history is an important risk factor but not alterable. If there is a family history, then the person should fix those things they can change: w... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Bypass surgery: The overall mortality of bypass surgery is 3 percent.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Exercise: In order to facilitate the increase in oxygen demand of the muscles during exercise, the heart rate and volume of blood per beat will go up. Cardiac o... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Fixed rate pacemaker: These are very old style pacemakers that pace regardless of the intrinsic rate of the heart. Almost all pacemakers are demand pacemakers that only pac... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Triglycerides: A form of fat increased by eating high trans-fats or processed carbohydrates and inversely related to HDL which is the good cholesterol.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Cancer of heart: Actually there are primary tots of the heart. Some cancers can spread to the heart or lining of the heart, too.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Stress test: Electrocardiogram done and blood pressure monitored with either treadmill or bicycle exercise used for screening for coronary artery blockage or exerc... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Hypertension: Yes that is high. You should have that evaluated and treated to get it below 140/90.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Syncope: I cannot tell from this question what testing has been performed so far. Full cardiac evaluation may include a 24 hour holter monitor looking for abno... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
High blood pressure: Weight loss if you are overweight can help lower blood pressure. 5% of people can have secondary hypertension. You need an evaluation looking for thes... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Hypertension: Get an evaluation and onto medications in order to lower your blood pressure. Life style changes such as stopping alcohol, smoking, weight loss can he... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Fat content: Vegetable fat is better for you than animal fat that is saturated fat.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Claudication: Safety is uncertain and efficacy of herbal treatments are not proven with rigorous scientific double blind placebo controlled studies.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Pulmonary hypertensi: Possu idle, but requires close follow up after delivery of the baby.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
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Cardiology 49 years experience
PVC: The underlying heart problem is a greater risk factor than the actual pvc's.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Atrial fib: May not be able to prevent this arrhythmia. But some people can get episodes after drinking alcohol.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Nitroglycerin: Potential side effects in people with or without heart disease are headache, dizziness, and a drop in blood pressure. The effect of the drug is only f... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Arteriosclerosis: Fatty streaks the first signs have been found in teenagers on autopsies.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Cardiac Cath: Most commonly to see the coronary artery anatomy but also for congenital heart disease valvular heart disease function of the heart muscle.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
High blood pressure: Yes. It increases the long term risks of stroke, heart failure, or kidney disease if not treated.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Palpitations: A holter monitor during your workouts can determine if this is just a sinus tachycardia (normal response to exercise) or some exercise induced arrhyth... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Blood pressure meds: Ling term blood pressure control with medications is less risky than being off medications with poor control. Uncontrolled hypertension can result in ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Sinus arrhythmia: Is a normal variant with variability of heart rate with inspiration and expiration with breathing.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
High blood pressure: Have your medications adjusted possibly taking some at bedtime so the blood pressure may be better in the early mornings. Discuss with your doctor.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
High blood pressure: Is called the "silent killer" as most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms so detection is by checking the blood pressure.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Blood pressure: Hypertension is defined as 140/90. Blood pressure will fluctuate all day long but below 140/90 does not require any treatment.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
High glucose: They are not related by cause or effect. The high glucose may represent propensity to diabetes.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Red yeast rice: red yeast rice has some lovastatin in it, but not therapeutic amounts.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Dyspnea: this isn't a symptom defined as shortness of breath. There are multiple causes of such symptom including cardiac and pulmonary causes.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Calcium scoring from CT scan of coronaries is adding up radio graphic sum of calcium found. A score of greater than 400 is high so 2100 is extremely h... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Aortic aneurysm: Imaging techniques include ct, mri, and ultrasound.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Angiogram: Less than 1% risk of clot, bruising, arrhythmia, bleeding. Discuss with your physician to determine if the benefit of the procedure is greater than th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Cardioversion: Depends on arrhythmia but consider ablation.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Defibirllator: The defibibrillator is a mini computer with a sensing circuit and a shock circuit. If the device senses a life threatening arrhythmia for a certain ti... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Beta blockers: Beta blockers are the drug of choice for cardiac patients for prevention of future coronary events. The drug can lower the peak heart rate during exer... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Stents: Stents are not replaced as they are permanently implanted and are not removed. Restenosis or renarrowing in stents can occur but rarely. Patients can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Hypertension: Can cause narrowing of blood vessels as well as small hemmorhages or small scars of the retina.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Low blood pressure: Passing out can occur from low blood pressure from dysautonomia as the cause possibly. Do not understand justification from a medical standpoint.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Brain tumor: Did you have brain mri? That would show a tumor but your symptoms are not the usual symptoms of brain tumor.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
POTS: Paroxysmal is paroxysmal orthostatic tachycardia syndrome which is from am n increase in heart rate with standing more common with decreased circulat... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 49 years experience
Chest pain: Chest pain radiating to both sides of jaw could be cardiac so get it evaluated by your physician.
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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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