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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram

Cardiology
Williamsburg, VA
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Williamsburg, VA

Address

117 Bulifant's Blvd. Suite 117, Williamsburg, VA
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Sentara Healthcare

About

Bio

Preventive cardiology is a passion. I also relish the challenge of diagnosing and treating heart disease. Although heart diseases is my focus, I also maintain certification in Internal Medicine which helps me see things in a broader sense and makes me a better diagnostician. I have extensive training and experience in cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure. In addition, skill sets including cardiac catheterization, permanent pacemaker implantation and device management and expertise in an array of non invasive imaging including transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT helps me in my efforts. I make ongoing efforts to keep up with the constantly evolving field of cardiology so that I can bring up to date evidence based management to my patients. To hear my patients say that they feel better at least in part to my efforts brings great satisfaction. I am always thankful for their trust and the opportunity they give me to be part of their well being.

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Cardiology

Doctor Q&A

367 Answers
444 Agrees
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Seems okay: It seems okay to take these medications even if you have minor kidney dysfunction. However your specific circumstance should be discussed with your d... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Several things: Please make sure you are not on nsaids such as ibuprofen. You may need to restrict your salt and fluid intake. You may need a higher dose of Lasix ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Talk to her doctors: Antibiotics for pneumonia. And medications such as diuretics, beta blockers and ace inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers based upon heart rate,... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Multiple abnormal: Elevated lactate levels, metabolic acidosis (low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) levels), elevated b type natriuretic peptide, abnormal liver functio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Same as before, BAD: The risks of smoking remain the same as before the aortic valve heart operation. Heart attack, stroke, poor circulation, chronic lung disease, osteop... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Medication necessary: Heart healthy diet particularly low in salt and exercise training can help improve heart failure. However certain medications such as beta blockers, ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Vegan diet: Medications such as statins generally stabilize the plaque which decreases chances of plaque rupture and heart attack. In smaller studies they have b... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Inflammation: Septic shock causes wide spread inflammatory response in the body which can be fatal. It causes low blood pressure and poor perfusion through out th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Pressure & gravity: Blood from the legs (and rest of the body as well) returns to the right heart by large veins, goes through the lungs to oxygenate and then into the le... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Reasonably safe: Generally aortic valve replacement is a reasonably safe procedure. The operative risks however depends on the overall condition of the heart, age, pr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
No: No . At least not with present day technology. It requires replacing the can (pulse generator) which holds the battery and the computer.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Enjoy your exercise: It does not have to be trendy! good old walking is simple and inexpensive. Be as brisk as you can for 30 to 45 minutes. Any other aerobic activity y... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Enjoy your exercise: It does not have to be trendy! good old walking is simple and inexpensive. Be as brisk as you can for 30 to 45 minutes. Any other aerobic activity y... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
None proven: None proven. Keeping blood pressure and cholestetol well controlled be it with healthy life style and/ or medications helps. Quitting smoking decr... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes. The outer casing is usually titanium. The inner computer circuit probably contains small amounts of silver.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes it is possible: A normal echocardiogram only suggests that the heart function is good at the time of the test. It does not assess the risk of heart attack. If you ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Treat if symptoms: Your doctor may have you increase salt intake for symptomatic low BP especially if it drops a lot upon standing. Using thigh high support stockings m... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on how fast or how slow, the cause for the abnormal rate and whether or not it is causing any symptoms. Both abnormally slow and fast heart b... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Inflammation..: Inflammation of the heart muscle is myocarditis. It can cause arrhythmias and severe weakness of heart muscle which can be potentially life threateni... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Not a good thing!: Atherosclerosis causes narrowing of blood vessels and result in poor blood flow to multiple organs most notably heart, brain, kidneys, intestines, lim... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Fluid congestion: Congestive heart failure, meaning fluid congestion in various organs such as lungs, liver, gut and limbs due to inadequate heart function.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
See vascular spclist: Leg swelling can sometimes be a recurrent or persistent problem. Wearing support stockings for a year or two may be helpful. Your child should see a... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Ask your doctor: You should take steps to improve health including smoking cessation, healthy diet , exercise, keeping cholesterol and blood pressure lot with medicati... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Low heart rate: Unless your boy friend is athletic or on certain medication, the heart rate of 44 is low and may be causing his symptoms. I would call the er physici... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Too broad: Too broad of question. Please let us know what type of arrhythmia and the treatment recommended and perhaps we can answer you better.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Bang for your buck!: You get the most bang for your buck by quitting smoking, in fact it puts money in your pocket and decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke more t... Read More
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Certain patients: Zetia (ezetimibe) added to a statin has a much greater cholesterol lowering benefit than welchol and may be appropriate in certain patients.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Just be sure....: Although ef of 55% is fine we want to make sure that it is not trending down. If you have numerous pvcs such as more than 25000 a day or continued un... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Not generally but...: Not unless you fall off a ladder, drown in a pool or get into a accident from passing out. If you feel it coming on it is important you are in a safe ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Echo and cath: Echocardiogram is a good noninvasive tool to evaluate pulmonary hypertension. A right heart cath is a more direct and precise way of measuring pulmon... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Sudden & severe: Headache that is sudden and severe can indicate a leak from a brain aneurysm. If previously undiagnosed such headaches need immediate evaluation. ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
?Heart ok otherwise: You basically need to know that your heart is structurally normal. Based upon your age and risk factors you may need a stress test to be sure you do ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Several reasons: Severe blockages usually in multiple blood vessels, repair or replacement of heart valves and repair of aneurysm of the aorta close to the heart.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Know options: The prognosis depends on the severity and cause for the heart failure. Nevertheless we have come a long way in the treatment of heart failure with mu... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Mostly nothing bad: In most cases it does not mean anything bad. Low voltage can be typically seen in women because of the breast tissue between the heart and the electr... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Complicate matters: If you have thyrotoxicosis (hyperactivity of thyroid) from graves disease it can complicate a heart attack by worsening angina and increasing the hear... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Consult doc anyway: The red and pounding hands is caused by increased blood flow to the hands due to dilatation of the blood vessels. Reaction to change in temperature (c... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
More details: It may mean nothing significant to potentially life threatening, depending on type of abnormal heart rhythm. Some types may be heriditary. Please f... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Bit high: A bit high. May not need medications unless you have diabetes or heart disease. Regular exercise, weight loss even by 10 pounds if you are overweigh... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Urgent: You may be having a bleeding ulcer. If you feel weak, lightheaded, short of breath or in a lot if pain go to the emergency room. If not see your doct... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Further evaluation: Having chest pain does not always mean that your blood pressure should be up. You need further evaluation to rule out heart problems.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Holter monitor: You may have a arrhythmia causing fast heart beats which are not uncommon in the early hours of the morning. You may benefit by a holter monitor. Pl... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Premature beats: Likely cause for these symptoms are pvcs (premature ventricular beats). You should see your family doctor for further evaluation.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Need heart monitor: You could have skipped beats called pvcs which is usually not a concern. Sometimes it could be a more setious rhythm problem such as atrial fibrill... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Mostly none but....: In most cases no symptoms and this is a problem because it can lurk up on you and cause heart and kidney disease as well as stroke. Some people may f... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Heart disease?: Main concern is it could be your heart. Please see your doctor soon.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Heart check up !: While you may be having an anxiety or panic attack, you should always make sure your heart is okay. If your heart is indeed okay by further testing, ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Age 25: You may have a pinched nerve in the neck (cervical spine) causing chest pain and numbness of the shoulder. Heart disease causing chest pain is rare a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Any medications?: Generally blood pressure medications can cause lightheadedness with sudden change in posture such as bending and straightening up. This can also cause... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Talk to your doctor: I am not sure which commercial you are referring to. If you are concerned about side effects such as heart burn talk to your doctor about alternative... Read More

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Aug 5, 2014
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ananthram is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ananthram is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I have 2 valvs that regulate. Do u know of a surgen in the oklahoma cityarea or tuscon, AZ . My heart dr. Says it is nothing to worry about
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Many responses say bradycardia is ok for athletes. I am not one of those, and you are the only one who addressed what else could cause it.
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slow heart rate lasted a couple days then i went in. came up @ hosp w/ nitro and iv. Thanks for ur input . Will find new Dr & mention your

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Bangalore University, Bangalore Medical College, India
Graduated 1989MD

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Riverside Medical Group
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