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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

Tuesday: 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 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Continuous: A continuous machinery sounding murmur may be heard just under the left clavicle (collarbone).
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
More info: Unfortunately, a heart murmur is not a diagnosis. He really needs to know if he has a heart problem, and if so, what is it? He may have had an innocen... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Variable: Cyanotic heart disease will present as blue color, not just hands and feet but all over. Other conditions symptoms may be fast breathing, poor feeding... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Above 80: If a cyanotic heart lesion cannot be repaired yet, saturations are acceptable over 80. Sometimes if there are no good options for surgery due to size ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: You need to tell the prescribing doctor about your fatigue. Have you checked to see if your blood pressure is too low?
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
on medication?: If the baby is on diuretics or digoxin for congestive heart failure, diarrhea can cause problems. Let your cardiologist know.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Uncommon: About 20-30 for every 100, 000 live births. Some type of heart defect occurs in about 8 out of every 1000 births.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Non cardiac: With this description it is almost always a musculoskeletal irritation, with no relationship to the heart. Great news!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably so: Anything that will lower blood oxygen (like sleep apnea) can be harmful to unrepaired tetralogy of fallot patients.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Soon: Anatomy can differ greatly, and there can be complicating issues, but anytime in the next few months would be typical. This is assuming the child was ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 member asked:
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 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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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can cause chest pain. It is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arr... Read More
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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 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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Get tested: Briefly, it sounds as if you have enough reason to be concerned. Ask your primary physician for a complete evaluation.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
No difference: The ekg would look the same. Most people tend to use the terms psvt and svt interchangeably.
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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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Similar to adults: Medications such as ace inhibitors, diuretics, beta blockers, and digoxin are used to control heart failure symptoms. Anticogulation is usually needed... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably: If your OB physician says you can fly at this point in your pregnancy, minor cardiac abnormalities should not prevent you from flying. It is easier to... 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 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes, mild: Mild tachycardia is common in later stages of pregnancy. Your obstetrician should monitor you routinely. If you are concerned that your heart rate is ... Read More
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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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Minutes to hours: After a single "simple faint" most people feel normal again within an hour, or after something to eat and drink, or a nice nap. Fainting can be a symp... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
More information: Since you mention right (morphological) ventricle, I am thinking you are referring to a congenital heart defect, perhaps ventricular inversion or cor... Read More
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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 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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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on the reason for the sound (murmur). A murmur is not a diagnosis, it is a sound you hear with a stethoscope. Ask your doctor if it is an inno... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Indefinetly : You may take Claritin (loratadine) whenever your allergies are bothering you.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Ask: If you have a fetal echo to diagnose prenatally this condition, the physician counseling you about the diagnosis is a good place to start asking these... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: A heart defect you are born with does not mean it will be diagnosed early. It may be mild, moderate, or very serious. Serious problems are usually fou... 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 member asked:
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 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 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
No: Transposition is one of the only congenital heart defects that has no increased risk of recurrence in families.
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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 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 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 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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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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