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Dr. Barton Cook

Pediatric Cardiology
Montgomery, AL
31 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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374 Answers
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Difference: Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart - the pericardium, generally with a fluid collection between the pericardium and the heart... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
PFO: An atrial communication, a "hole", (pfo- patent foramen ovale) is present in all newborns. The pfo closes soon after birth usually. An ASD (atrial se... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Yes, it is a heart defect you are born with. It may be simple, moderate, or very serious. They include "holes in the heart", valve problems, malformed... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Every baby has a patent ductus arteriosus (pda) at birth. A term infant's PDA usually closes in 24-72 hours. Very premature infants PDA often does not... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Likely: I may very well do both. Watch your blood sugar and blood pressure carefully after a steroid injection.
A female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
See a doctor: You need to see a doctor soon. At 17 you may have tuberculosis, or gastroesophageal reflux. Any any case, you have some reason for the persistent cou... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Standard: A routine standard echocardiogram should pick up hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Blood pressure drops: A long hot shower dilates your blood vessels and your blood pressure can drop. This causes increased heart rate and can lead to your other symptoms, a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Arterial switch: Before surgery the PDA is kept open with IV prostaglandin. The basic procedure is to switch the transposed vessels, to establish normal blood circulat... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Often an ekg abnormality is noted before a heart murmur is heard. Ekg changes can be non-specific, so an abnormal ekg would not definitely diagnose hy... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Patients with tetralogy of fallot are not expected to survive to adulthood without surgery. Surgery is effective, and has a low mortality rate.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Surgery eventually: Severe degenerative aortic valve stenosis generally will require aortic valve replacement at some point.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
May be a problem: Why did you have an ekg? Symptoms or screening before surgery? Flat t waves indicate a potential problem. You may require an echocardiogram and stress... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: If you were pregnant before the coma, or if you were sexually assaulted while in the coma.
A member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Ask for help now: Since you have a diagnosis, i assume you have a psychiatrist. They need to know how bad you are right now. They should be able to help you. Do it now.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
See a doctor ASAP: If you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and are experiencing chest pain, you need a prompt evaluation!
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
2 different things: A murmur is a sound you hear with a stethoscope. It may be innocent or represent heart disease. An arrhythmia is an irregular rhythm which also may ei... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Sometimes: If you have a defect that requires surgery as an infant, waiting for it to heal itself is not an option. Some defects such as a small vsd, asd, or PDA... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Probably: 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
A member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Tic: This is a "tic" and can be a side effect of stimulant medications used for adhd. You need to promptly notify his prescribing doctor. There are alterna... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: This sounds neurologic. You need a thorough exam.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: The majority of people with aortic stenosis actually die from something else. If it is severe and untreated it can cause sudden death.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: The majority of people with aortic stenosis actually die from something else. If it is severe and untreated it can cause sudden death.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Fetal death: Very slow can cause fetal demise. Your OB would tell you if it was slow enough to be serious.
A member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Shingles.: It might be shingles. Is there a rash?
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Although occasionally someone with a congenital heart defect is confined to a wheelchair, it rarely has anything to do with their heart defect.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: If you have long qt syndrome, you are not eligible for military service.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
AVSD: Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the h... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: I assume you mean you had rheumatic fever in the past? This will always be an important part of your medical history. Always tell any doctor who is tr... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
In a child, yes: In adults a hr of 200 is abnormal. In children the hr may reach 200 with vigorous activity or anxiety/distress. In infants the hr can often reach 200 ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Arterial switch: Arterial switch procedure - the basic procedure is to switch the transposed vessels, to establish normal blood circulation.The coronary vessels are sw... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Enlarged weak heart: It is a condition in which the heart muscle, primarily the main pumping chamber (left ventricle) becomes weakened and enlarged, and it cannot pump blo... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Limited activity: I assume you are referring to non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sports are limited due to the risk of a serious or fatal arrhythmia occurri... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
No: Unless you are talking about a newborn, with an incompetent foramen ovale, no. That size will need to be closed in the cath lab with a device, or surg... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Not uncommon: It is not unusual to see it, particularly on 24 hour ekgs (holter monitor) during sleep. It is usually not a problem, but each person is considered in... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Acquired: If you weren't born with it, it is acquired.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Arrhythmia?: You may have an arrhythmia such as supraventricular tachycardia (svt). Your doctor can have you wear a heart monitor to capture your ekg during your s... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Other reasons: Your mild mitral and pulmonic regurgitation may have absolutely nothing to do with your symptoms. Explain exactly what is troubling you to your doctor... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Good, with caveats: By cured i assume you mean an excellent surgical result obtained in the first week of life. You are not truly cured, and will require lifelong follow-... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Interesting: You can certainly become bradycardic (low heart rate) with cough, sleeping or not. You would not be aware of it if you were sleeping. If you are expe... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Uncontrollable?: Your tachycardia should be able to be controlled with medication, even while pregnant. Please discuss with your cardiologist and ob/gyn.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Cardiac arrest: The most common reasons would be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, and several other genetic defects. The cause is usually a lethal arrhy... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
AV canal: Avsd is atrioventricular septal defect, also known as av canal, or endocardial cushion defect. It requires surgical repair in the first few months of ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
ER: Sounds like a potentially serious issue. I would suggest either the er or see his pediatrician asap.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Abnormal: 236 is too high, this is usually due to supraventricular tachycardia. He probably requires medication. The doctor who ordered the test should explain ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Any type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy puts you at risk for a lethal arrhythmia. A cardiologist with expertise in this area can help stratify your le... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Maybe none: With mild as you may not have any restrictions. You will need regular cardiac follow-up. Ask your cardiologist to be sure.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: There are alternatives. Talk to your doctor and discuss it. If you have not seen a cardiologist, they may offer more options.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes, temporarily: Any significant stress (and cardiac arrest is definitely a stress!) can cause disruption of menstrual cycle.

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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 31, 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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