Dr. Jason Rubenstein

Cardiology
Milwaukee, WI
22 years experience male

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Milwaukee, WI

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9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
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UnitedHealthcare

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Dr. Rubenstein utilizes modern techniques for treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances, both medical and by catheter ablation. He also specializes in implantable defibrillators and pacemakers. Dr. Rubenstein’s research interests combine cardiac MRI and electrophysiology in the prediction of sudden d

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Cardiology

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9 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
The same.: "catheter ablation" and "radiofrequency ablation" are really terms for the same procedure. Some ablations use other energy sources (like freezing) to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No limit.: There is no limit. However, if atrial fibrillation keeps recurring, it would make more sense to explore other options (medications, ablation) rather ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not long.: There really is no recovery time at all. The small scars placed in the heart may have some edema for a few days, but are probably at their chronic sc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Electrical system: A defibrillator causes all myocardial (heart) cells to become depolarized at the same time. This extinguishes the abnormal arrhythmia, and allows the... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Atrial fibrillation increase the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Strokes from af tend to be worse than non-af strokes. Additionall... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Af is a disease that become more common after age 50. It is unusual, but not especially rare, to have af before this age. Often other conditions can b... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: Presumably you are asking about ventricular fibrillation, since atrial fibrillation would hardly ever by fatal. The risk of vf, or cardiac arrest, va... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Very effective.: Wpw is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways due to abnormal heart tissue (usually present since birth). There is a small area that... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It depends: With the evidence we have currently, catheter ablation is probably the most effective cure for atrial fibrillation (afib). However, that doesn't mean... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies.: A clue may be irregular pulse on exam. To make the diagnosis officially, some recording of the heart rhythm needs to be made. This can be via 12-lea... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Maybe: Hard to say from your description. Pauses can occur due to pvcs, pacs, av block, sinus arrhythmia, sinus arrest, sa exit block, af with slow response... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin). Sometimes rate control medications are ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Holter Analysis Tech: They are someone who will attach holters to patients, remove holters, download the data, and often analyze the heart rhythm and make a preliminary rep... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Cardiac Arrest risk: When the risk for cardiac arrest is high enough, a physician may recommend a patient get an icd. This might be for patients with a weak heart, genetic... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes.: If the heart rate is elevated for prolonged periods of time, there is a risk for tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy - or weakening of the heart from r... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: Some recording of the heart rhythm needs to be made. This can be via 12-lead ekg, 24-hr holter monitor, or 30-day loop monitor. Sometimes it is picked... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
The veins.: The veins under the skin in the upper chest are accessed to place the pacemaker/icd leads. These are the axillary or cephalic veins. The leads are t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: It depends in what time of person the irregular heart beat is happening. Someone young may be more likely to have premature atrial or ventricular con... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No.: Icds may help prevent cardiac arrest, but do not prevent the heart from failing due to heart attack, or progressive muscle weakening. Other non-heart... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
I, II, III and IV: Class i is divided into ia, ib, and ic. These are sodium channel blockers. An example from this class would be propafenone. Class ii agents are be... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes.: Atrial fibrillation increase the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Strokes from af tend to be worse than non-af strokes. Additionally, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: In general it is very low risk. There are different types of ablations with varying degrees of risk. Atrial fibrillation ablation tends to carry som... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No.: Cardiac ablation (as long as no device was implanted) is not a contraindication for MRI of any body part.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: Cardiac MRI will show heart function, valves, and if they give contrast, can show evidence of prior heart attacks. Sometimes it can show blocked arte... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Because its quiet.: Palpitation usually aren't really more frequent at night, just more noticeable. When you lay down and are still and quiet, the irregular heart beats ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It varies: Catheter ablation is available for many different types of arrhythmias - ventricular tachycardia, svt, as well as atrial fibrillation. They are all a... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not Always: Someone with af often has an irregular pulse; however, the irregularity can sometimes be too subtle to pick up by just feeling the pulse. Other rhyth... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No.: Af is a disease that become more common after age 50. It is unusual, but not especially rare, to have af before this age. Often other conditions can... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes it may resolve on it's own. This is especially true if it was caused by some single event, like an operation, illness, caffeine or alcohol.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin). Sometimes rate control medications are... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not directly.: Pacemakers might be implanted as part of a care plan for af - but this only prevents slow pulses that might come as a result of medications for the af... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes.: Svt, (supraventricular tachycardia) is a short-circuit of the normal heart conduction pathways. Usually there is a small area that, if removed, would ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Top vs Bottom : Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from th... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Probably not.: Generally, hcm is considered when the thickness is 15mm or more. Would review with your physician to make certain, however.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not usually.: An icd (defibrillator) may rescue you from cardiac arrest, which is a risk one carries with cardiomyopathy - but it doesn't cure cardiomyopathy. A bi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Bottom vs. Top: Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from th... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No.: No, it is not waterproof; the lead patches will not stay on. You will have to wait until after the monitor is removed.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Partially.: Yes, he had an implantable defibrillator. He also had a ventricular assist device (vad). The VAD is what he was going around on the talk show circui... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Normal Sinus Rhythm: Nsr is an abbreviation for normal sinus rhythm. This is a normal finding, the usual heart rhythm that is epected to be seen on ekgs.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies: Sometimes the leads for the defibrillators may be positioned near the phrenic nerve - this would cause a hiccup-type sensation when the device paced.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not visibly. : There is usually atrial activity, either the occasional retrograde atrial activation, or just the normal sinus rate progressing along unaffected by th... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
It Varies.: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not d... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
1 hour: If it is just a generator change (the leads are ok and don't need to be replaced) then it usually takes about an hour.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Possibly.: Possibly. You can check your pulse during these episodes and see if it is irregular, which may be a clue the shortness of breath is coming from some ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Sensation vs. Rhythm: Palpitations are the sensation of skipping or abnormal heart beats. These might be from abnormal beats, or just the normal rhythm beating fast or str... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
No.: The initial rhythm causing a cardiac arrest is most usually monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (62%), followed by bradycardia (17%), then polymorphic... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, it can be placed underneath the skin of the abdomen (but not inside the abdominal cavity). This is typically done for children, especially with ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, absolutely. Avr usually has inverted t-waves normally. If you invert left and right arm electrodes, avr becomes avl so now avl has inverted t w... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes and Yes.: The risk of complication during implant is low. The most common issues are lead displacement, which is not dangerous but would require a second proce... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks doc, I've been trying to get off amiodarone for a while and finally got my Physicians approval. There are no effects there seem to be anyway. It's been a week and...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr I appreciate this very much it was very helpful. How soon can I get back on Effexor ER? I've been off for almost 1 month.
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Thank you very much. Thats why they say ill need a defibulater instead of a pace maker. Once this is done tho. They say i wont get to do mri

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University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2001MD

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Medical College of Wisconsin
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