Dr. Vasudev Ananthram

Cardiology
Williamsburg, VA
34 years experience male

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Williamsburg, VA

Address

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

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367 Answers
444 Agrees
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
This is a good (normal) blood pressure in an otherwise healthy young adult female.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
You should contact your PCP or cardiologist and get an EKG to see if the underlying rhythm is normal or if you are still in afib or other atrial arrhy... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
See your doctor: Talk to your doctor before you lift weights again. It is important to rule out any aneurysms in your brain.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Several things...: If heart rate is rapid, medications to slow it. Depending on your risk factors, blood thinners to decrease stroke risk. Electrical cardioversion to... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Not good....: Insulin resistance causes diabetes and predisposes to atherosclerosis. Over time as the body demands more and more Insulin there is burn out of the ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Safe in most cases: In most cases yes it is safe. However he should clarify with his doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Gut or heart: Mesenteric ischemia refers to poor blood flow to the intestines causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood in the stool and weight loss. Myocardial isch... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Many reasons: Heart problems can cause water retention and cause swollen feet. Also problems with valves in veins in your leg can cause blood to flow from your dee... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Varies: Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute is a simplified definition of bradycardia. For youngsters in good shape normal heart rate can be in the 40s ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Overall safe: Most common is a nuisance cough. Most serious is swelling of lips and throat which can cause breathing difficulties. Rash can occur. There may be ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Need evaluation: Please get it evaluated by your doctor. It could be a heart problem.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Immediate attention: Go to emergency room right away. This could becacserious problem.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Test for it any way: Sounds funny but I have seen or heard of cases where someone is surprised they are pregnant and are ready to deliver. So if you are in the reproducti... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Tight show mystery: Feet size generally remain unchanged with weight loss. However it is a mystery why your shoes are actually getting tighter with weight loss. Perhap... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes it can: Yes it could raise the blood pressure and also cause palpitations. It is however usually done safely under the guidance of your doctor.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pneumonia possible: If you have a fever or cough or feel ill it could be a pneumonia. Also pleurisy, fractured rib caused by fall or coughing and blood clot can also c... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Reverse the trend!: I am glad your kidneys are good. Sometimes kidney problems called nephrotic syndrome cause very high triglycerides. Your triglycerides are not very ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
May be age related: Not sure if menopause itself causes high blood pressure but the chances of developing high blood pressure increases with age. Since both are phenomen... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
May be a blood clot: A blood clot in the veins draining blood from that arm should be considered. Please talk to your doctor right away.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Perhaps: Yes if it soothes, relaxes and relieves tension.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Multifacet approach: 1 improve heart function with medications such as beta blockers, acei/ arb, aldactone, (spironolactone) good blood pressure and diabetes control, corr... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes but rare!: Mitral stenosis can be inherited although rare. Some of the congenital causes of mitral stenosis include parachute mitral valve (the strings that tet... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
With treatment...: From my experience a few weeks to a year with appropriate measures such as right medicines, restoring blood flow as in bypass surgery, surgical correc... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Dementia: Atherosclerosis can lead to gradual loss of brain function and dementia (multi infarct dementia). Dementia can be associated with behavioral and moo... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Lower part: Infra renal aneurysm means it is involving the lower part of the abdominal aorta after it gives rise to the blood vessels supplying the kidneys. Infr... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Echo helps: Sometimes an echocardiogram (ultrasound test) will help clarify whether Q wave on an ekg indicates an old heart attack or simply a normal variant due ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Very high if rupture: Rate of rupture: 5 to 6 cm is 5 to 15%; 6 to 7 cm 10 to 20%; 7 to 8 cm 20 to 40%. Also if the aneurysm increases in size by 8 mm in a year the risk o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Two scenarios: If low heart beat is contributing to heart failure a pacemaker might help. If you have a weak heart with ejection fraction less than 35% and a cond... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Device, propel blood: It is a device that propels blood thus taking over the function of the weak and failing left lower heart chamber. It is typically implanted in patie... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Rule out two things: Two worrisome causes for such pain that have to be ruled out are angina/ heart attack and thoracic aortic aneurysm or dissection. Acute episodes of s... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Numerous causes: Causes are numerous. It is especially concerning if you feel unwell, have unexplained weight loss, poor appetite, fever or chest pain. A check up by... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes: Yes treatment is focused on physical therapy and preventing further strokes.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Heart?: Could be your heart. Have it checked out soon.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
May be acid reflux: Probably acid reflux. However see your doctor soon to see if you need any heart tests.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Need check up: Sometimes laughing hard may momentarily drop your blood pressure and/or lower your heart rate.When this response is exaggerated it might make you feel... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Probably not....: Probably not. You could however get headaches not classified as migraines from high blood pressure. Perhaps our neurology colleagues know more about... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
May need more eval: X rays and resting ECG tracing do not necessarily rule out heart disease. It is a good idea to see a cardiologist or at leaset discuss this further wi... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
By checking: By having it checked by your doctor or in the emergency room.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
ER now: Time to go to the emergency room now if you are having severe chest pains. You do not want to miss a heart attack, a teeing if your aorta or blood cl... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
< cholesterol and...: Reduce risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Can cause some muscle pains which is usually mild. Rarely Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause liver ab... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Perhaps too low salt: You don't have to severely restrict salt intake unless you have water retention from heart problems. If it is okay with your doctor, increase your sa... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Bothersome symptoms: Any number of causes can result in chest pain or dizziness. However if the two happen together it is bothersome and you need to talk to your doctor i... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Not worrisome: Not of particular concern if you have always had cold nose and hand. Just keep warm in winter and avoid unprotected exposure to extreme cold.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Immediate attention: If it is a new, worsening, recurrent or persistent pain going to the emergency room is advised.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Need evaluation: You probably have a bad case of acid reflux, hiatal hernia, ulcer or esophagitis. Please see your doctor. You may need to also see a gastroenterolog... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Inflammation: Esr and CRP levels indicate inflammation. It could be a connective tissue ailment other than fibromyalgia. Also it could be from teeth and gum disea... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Two gusses: If you have had it for 8 years and tested extensively, it is not likely to be a life threatening problem. Arthritis and esophageal dysmotility (abnor... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Don't ignore hrt brn: Not generally. However very high blood pressure can give chest pain which some people describe as heart burn. Please talk to your doctor about it. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
No self diagnosis: One can be easily confused with the other and it is important to see a doctor to find out. Generally speaking angina pain tends to last 2 to 5 minute... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
Generally yes: Generally yes. However knowledge is power. You should have an evaluation with a cardiologist and have a detailed discussion of what to expect. Care... Read More
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Aug 5, 2014
Thank you!
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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

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Bangalore University, Bangalore Medical College, India
Graduated 1989MD

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