Dr. Barton Cook

Pediatric Cardiology
Montgomery, AL
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Montgomery, AL

Address

239 Mitylene Park Dr., Montgomery, AL
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

334-612-2166

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Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatrics - Cardiology

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283 Answers
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No: Myocarditis is not really a genetic disease. Genetic factors passed on to children can make them more susceptible.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Autoimmune screen: A blood test. A positive ANA test indicates that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissue — in other words, an autoimmu... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No: Transposition is one of the only congenital heart defects that has no increased risk of recurrence in families.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No if repaired: A large vsd that is not closed surgically by 12-24 months (younger in downs syndrome) may result in pulmonary hypertension.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends on you: If you inherited it from your father, your son could be at 50% risk. If you do not have it, his risk is low.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Antibody test: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Commonly used to test for hiv, but has many other uses.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably not: It is usually viral, sometimes bacterial. It spreads through contaminated food or water, and contact with an infected person. Many cases are spread pe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
1 in 1500 births: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital heart defect and occurs in 6-8% of patients with congenital heart disease.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Not now: The pharmacist may be correct, but it is always risky to mix alcohol and medications.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Echo: A complete cardiac evaluation, including family history, symptoms, examination, ekg and echocardiogram will be needed.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, colorado tick fever, anaplasmosis, q fever, etc. It depends upon wher... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No: Medication is almost always needed at least for a while. Many cases improve or resolve over time regardless. Mild cases may be detected incidentally,... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
A little: Caffeine can cause a small but detectable rise in blood glucose, particularly if you have diabetes.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Valsalva?: Straining to have a bowel movement creates the valsalva maneuver, which can dramatically lower the heart rate. This can cause several problems, includ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Some defects such as transposition there is no increased risk. Other defects have an increased risk ranging from 2-8%. Ask your pediatric cardiologist... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Minimal: Open heart surgical repair of an ASD carries the most risk at the time of surgery, due to anesthesia. Long term a few patients will develop an atrial ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Hopefully not: 350-400 pediatric heart transplants procedures occur worldwide annually. The number of children who have failing cardiac function late after palliativ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Recurrence rates are quoted as high as a 20% chance of having a second episode of endocarditis.
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: If the murmur is innocent, no. If the murmur is caused by a heart defect, yes.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
10 %: Only 10% of infants born with CMV have symptoms. They include small birth weight, small head, seizures, jaundice, and liver or spleen enlargement.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
SVT: Supraventricular tachycardia (svt) is the same in pregnant women as it is in any adult. The difference is not only does the woman have symptoms, the f... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Significant: Even if you fully recover from peripartum cardiomyopathy, the risk of recurrence in subsequent pregnancies can be 20% or more. If you have not fully r... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No: Hair loss is not a recognized side effect of bystolic (nebivolol).
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No smoking!: Smoking is dangerous for anyone, more so if you have had heart surgery! if you choose to drink alcohol, use in moderation.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Requires surgery: Assuming we are talking about an infant: a vsd of this size is large enough to warrant open heart surgical repair in infancy. Dilation of the left ven... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Congenital defect: It is a narrowing of the aorta, the major blood vessel that branches off your heart and delivers blood to your body. It is usually congenital, and may... Read More
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: After 6 weeks, if you are asymptomatic, you can do anything you could otherwise do. Have a great trip!
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Usually not: Medical and surgical options, as well as lifestyle modifications are foremost. A heart transplant would be a last resort.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. It is used in the diagnosis and management of patients with any suspected or known... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: You really need an evaluation. Could be anything from a kidney stone, ovarian cyst, or strained muscle.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No, but: They are both potentially abnormal heart sounds. Both would prompt further investigation to detect any possible problems.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Slightly increased: Dependent upon your diagnosis, the chance of your children having chd increase from around 1% to anywhere from 2-4%. If you have a genetic disorder th... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes, why?: Dilated cardiomyopathy can be a result of a viral infection. Symptoms often occur after the initial viral symptoms (such as the flu) have resolved. I ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No: You would be at risk for a serious automobile accident. Have someone drive you, or call an ambulance.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No, unless...: If they have a first degree relative with hcm their risk is high and they should be evaluated. Otherwise if they have never had chest pain, palpitatio... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Innocent murmur: Is is fairly common in normal children for a "murmur', or noise, to be heard which is simply the normal blood flow. A murmur does not always mean hear... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
The truth: A holter is used to diagnose rhythm problems. If you explain your symptoms to your doctor, and they feel a holter would be helpful, they will get one ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Doesn't matter: It can be months, years, or occasionally never. Since it is "innocent" you (and as they grow older, your child) need to tell new doctors about the mur... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Large topic: Are you asking in general, for the elderly, adults, children?
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Situational: If your hr is high due to exercise, fever, excitement or anxiety, it may be simply a high hr. If you are at rest and have a high hr, almost too fast t... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
See a doctor ASAP: Fainting during exercise is not normal, and may indicate a serious problem.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Generally no: According to guidelines, diet changes, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, and optimizing blood pressure control are all first steps.If medicati... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Not uncommon: If they are always blue it can be a sign of cyanotic heart disease. If they are sometimes blue it can be a condition called raynaud's disease.Here is ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Unknown: A single ventricle includes conditions such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tricuspid atresia, double-inlet left ventricle, and pulmonary atresia ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably not: To be honest, the third may call it "moderately severe". The real question is what does it mean to you? Symptoms, limitations, surgery? Those terms ar... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
VSD repair: Generally a vsd will be repaired by pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Old name: Ihss (idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis) known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart muscle is thick, and obstruction... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: In premature infants it is usually closed with medication (indomethacin). In the uncommon premature infant in which it does not work surgical ligation... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Common: Benign pulmonary flow murmurs are common, particularly in children or athletic individuals.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable: Less complex surgery at 2-4 months of age may require a week or so in the hospital. Complex congenital heart defects requiring surgery in the first fe... Read More
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Oct 25, 2014
Dr. Cook is AWESOME! He is always reassuring me that my child will be okay and I trust him completely.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Cook is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for that answer. We are going to see his surgeon tomorrow and I'll definitely be asking while we are there. I was just looking for a general possibility :)
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Hi i am 22yrs old and i have congenital heart failure and ur a big help cause i dont have the money for to tge hospital for checking so real
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. I'm having the same issue and will call my Dr.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Alabama College of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Brooke Army Medical Center

Awards

Meritorious Service Medal - United States Army
Top Doctor, First Place, Montgomery, AL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Montgomery, AL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Pediatric Cardiology of Montgomery
American College of Cardiology
Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA)
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