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Dr. Alisa Niksch

Pediatric Cardiology
Agawam, MA
23 years experience

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Pediatric Cardiology

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English

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27 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
More data needed...: I would be interested to know what the actual heart rates were when you stood. It would also be important to know if you had a blood pressure change w... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Very puzzling but...: I would consider speaking to your primary doctor about testing you for thyroid abnormalities, or referring you to an endocrinologist to examine other ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Difficult answer!: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has a prevalence in the U.S. Of 0.2%. However, this is not the case in other parts of the world, for example southeast as... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Many possible causes: I would recommend that your son see a pediatric cardiologist for this issue, if he has not already. Vit d deficiency is not known to cause this proble... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
This depends...: Your exact heart rhythm diagnosis should be discussed with your doctor. If you have something called atrial fibrillation, an inr of 1.4 is probably t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Your bicuspid valve: ...Is likely the aortic valve, which is the valve blood passes through to get to the rest of the body. You will probably have an echocardiogram about ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Many viruses can...: Infect both the heart, your respiratory tract, or your GI system. Many patients who develop myocarditis from a virus have a fever or cold symptoms bef... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Tachycardia is..: Usually not life threatening in a child with an otherwise normal heart. They may not feel well when it happens, however. Treatment is available in the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
A few things...: An experienced doctor can narrow down the diagnoses depending on how slow, regular, or irregular your heart rate is. Also, your medical history, medic... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
No definite rules...: Can differentiate these 2 arrhythmia types, although ventricular tachycardia generally causes more severe symptoms such as chest pain, fainting and ev... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Please check...: With your doctor if your degree of heart failure is safe for sexual activity, or even taking care of a child! given your age, it appears you have done... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Situs Inversus: Is a reversal of the ”sidedness” of the abdominal organs, and sometimes has implications on the heart and lungs. Many patients can have associated con... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Caution needed...: Tattoos are invasive procedures, and can cause serious skin infections if precautions are not used. If you do decide to get a tattoo, you should consu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
A cardiologist: Who takes care of children with heart disease, many who are now diagnosed at or before birth, can do a special ultrasound to focus on a fetus' heart. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
2 options available: An atrial septal defect (ASD) can be closed in 2 ways. One is through open heart surgery, which is now mainly used if the ASD is extremely large or i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
More than an adult!: A baby, when crying, upset, or in pain, will have a heart rate in the vicinity of 180-200 bpm. I have even seen infant heart rates go slightly higher.... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
A heart infection...: ...Usually involving a bacteria (or sometimes a fungus) which attach to diseased or artificial heart valves. The bacteria usually get into the bloodst... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Perhaps...: Bradycardia is a typical feature of individuals suffering from chronic anorexia nervosa. This is an early sign that muscle tissue in the body is being... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
This depends: On a full analysis of the baby's entire cardiac anatomy. If there is a suspicion of a significant cardiac abnormality, or there are other risk factors... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Hopefully this helps: Not sure i understand your question fully, but atrioventricular septal defects (avsd) typically have sizable holes on the atrial and ventricular porti... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes, but...: There are many reasons and/or heart defects which can be responsible for a heart murmur. An atrial septal defect (ASD) is one of them. This is a hole ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
Need echocardiogram!: A supracristal vsd is quite uncommon, making up only about 3% of all ventricular septal defects. A small defect may not cause any signs of congestive... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
It is important...: ...To find an adult congenital heart specialist or a pediatric cardiologist who still sees adult patients. These specialists will need to partner with... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
A normal structure..: ...In newborns, it allows proper circulation in the fetus by shunting blood coming from the mother's placenta to the left side of the baby's heart, wh... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
No problem...: There is no danger of taking FluMist to this minor abnormality of your mitral valve. Flumist contains a live, weakened flu virus, so you should not t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
"X-Linked recessive": This means that the problem causing this disease is carried on the x chromosome. Women have 2 of these, men just one. If a boy has an x chromosome tha... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 23 years experience
A hard diagnosis...: To understand and deal with, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may be treated in a variety of ways to avoid a sudden cardiac arrest. However, i would connec... Read More

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Dec 3, 2012
Accurate & Thorough. Very impressive.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Niksch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Niksch is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Agree - dental procedures can cause
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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This was very helpful. Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1999MD
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