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Dr. John Szawaluk

Cardiology
Cincinnati, OH
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Cincinnati, OH

Address

Ohio Heart & Vascular Center, 10506 Montgomery Rd Suite 504, Cincinnati, OH
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United healthcare

The Ohio Heart & Vascular Center

Cincinnati, OH

About

Specialties
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Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Ohio

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

564 Answers
467 Agrees
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: Some imaging modalities are more sensitive/ accurate. A tee(transesophageal echo) or ct are probably the best means of obtaining an accurate measureme... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Exercise can : Be very beneficial. Discuss a specific plan with your cardiologist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Diet : Exercise and weight loss. Medications if unsuccessful depending on your risk factors.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Blood pressure: Is great. 1200 cal diet probably not a good idea for the long term.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: Adhere to a healthy low fat diet, avoid smoking, get plenty of exercise, treat high blood pressure , high cholesterol and diabetes if appropriate. Kno... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Beta Blockers: Beta blockers are usually the best choice
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Probably not: If you have no other risk factors and have no coronary disease. Your total cardiac risk needs to be evaluated
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Possibly: Depending on how long symptoms have been present and when you started zocor (simvastatin). Would stop and see your doctor asap.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Depends: On multiple variables such as symptoms and heart size , function. At the least you will require frequent follow up visits with a cardiologist.
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Reasonable: Alternative. Most of the clinical studiesdone in heart failure, heart attack and hypertension were done with ace inhibitors so there is a tremendous a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Unfortunately : There are no effective natural herbs to lower blood pressure. Weight loss, low salt diet rich in potassium along with exercise can be effective non-me... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Not necessarily: Unless the cardiomyopathy is directly related to hypertensive heart disease.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: Diet , especially a low salt diet, weight loss, alcohol in moderation, excercise, no smoking. If not effective then medical therapy may be needed.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
NO: They are less accurate than the arm ones.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Probably: Not a good idea. Diet pills in general have not been proven to be safe. See your doctor.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Medical : Medical therapy. Nitratesand a drug called Ranolazine can be effective. Speak with your cardiologist.
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Depends: On symptoms . Stress testing with perfusion might be helful to help decide best course of acion. Speak with your cardiologist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: Optimal blood pressure is 120/80. Normal is 130-139/80-90.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Fast: Not a good idea. Fast for at least 12 hours. This will lead to a more acurate evaluation of the entire lipid profile.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Potentially : Many causes. See your doctor for evaluation.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Both: Are safe. Bystolic (nebivolol) may be better tolerated with less side effects.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See Below: From very limited info it seems reasonable. Discuss with his cardiologists.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol , family history.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Depends: On the specific condition. Speak with your cardiologist.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
YES: This is a n effective combination.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Diet: High in fiber, fruits and vegetables.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Hypertension: Salt restriction can be very effective in treating hypertension in certain people. A low sodium diet 2, 000 mg a day is recommended however is extreme... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Same: They are the same. It is not availalable as a generic presently.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Not Likely: Lifestyle change with a low fat diet and exercise and medication if needed. No quick fix.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Evaluation: See your doctor asap. It can be dangerous to adjust doses of diuretics on your own.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Difficult : To differentiate the two . See your doctor for a full evaluation.
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below. : Your HDL is low and triglycerides are high. First dietary treatment should be attempted. Diet and exercise can be helpful. Medication may be necessary... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Unfrtunately : Sudden death is the first symptom in about one third of those who have a heart attack. Risk factors and treatment of those risk factors is critical.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
No concern: Work up sounds normal by your description. No further evaluation is needed. No cause for concern.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Probably not: A good idea as this could lead to problems such as heart block and/or syncope.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below.: Salt restriction, i.e. A low sodium diet is extremely important and effective in treating hypertension. Salt substitutes are loaded with potasium and ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
No: Congenital heart disease is present at birth.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Evaluation: Not sure which type of stress test ...Routine treadmill vs. One with imaging etc. Routine treadmills can have false positive results in women. Either ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below. : Best to take with your evening meal. Regarding the dose.. It depends on how much you need to lower your cholesterol/ldl. Atovastatin is more potent ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Not necessarily: Every case needs to be looked at individually and therapy discussed between patient and doctor.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Aspirin: Aspirin has been shown in multiple studies to be effective in the treatmeant of heart attack and stroke. No such studies exist fir garlic.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Revascularization: Would seem appropriate. Stent or bypass. Discuss plan with your cardiologist.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Yes: Previously placed stents can be evaluated at the time of cath.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See below: High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol , family history.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Evaluation: He needs to see a doctor for evaluation to exclude potentially serious causes
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
HTN: Often requires multiple medications of different classes. Losartan is a good drug but you probably need a second agent to control your blood pressure.... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
See your doctor: It may be as simple as taking one of the meds at night.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Healthy Diet: A diet rich in fruit and vegetables , high in potassium and calcium and low in sodium and alcohol is very effective.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Yes: BP can certainly rise due to pain and anxiety. Keep track of your blood pressures and see your doctor.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Multiple ways: Low salt diet, weight loss, exercise, abstinence from tobacco and alcohol and lastly medications. See your doctor for a treatment plan.
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Apr 2, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Szawaluk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Szawaluk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower6
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you, I was told to give metalazone two hours before lasix, but couldn't understand why. IM checking blood pressure and daily wts also
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for the answer as most of the physicians never touched on the high pulse rate issue people were asking about..
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am 50 years old I have high blood Cholesterol And I am borderline diabetes And my weight is too Hundred I need help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Georgetown University School of Medicine, DC
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Most Influential, Second Place, Cincinnati, OH - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Cincinnati, OH - Winter
2013
Top Cardiologist , Second Place, Ohio - Winter
2013

Affiliations

The Christ Hospital
Bethesda north hospital
Fort hamilton hospital
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