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Dr. Jason Rubenstein

Cardiology
Milwaukee, WI
21 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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90 Answers
9 Agrees
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably not.: Generally, hcm is considered when the thickness is 15mm or more. Would review with your physician to make certain, however.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes.: These are two different rhythms. Atrial tachycardia is an abnormal rhythm originating from either the left or right atrium. Junctional tachycardia i... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
It Varies: Sources of electronic or magnetic fields (emi) can cause inappropriate function of a pacemaker or icd. Examples of these are mris, strong electric mot... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Electrical system: Long qt is a genetic syndrome that causes abnormal behavior of the ion channels in the cardiac muscle, which alters the electrical behavior of the hea... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
With your card: Just show the security agent your pacemaker wallet card, and they will probably walk you around the detector and perform a hand pat-down.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably Not: That would seem unlikely. It is probably more likely that whatever rhythm disturbance you are taking amiodarone for is causing the blackouts. You sh... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Quickly.: If you have been recommended to stop amiodarone, there is no need for a "wean" or for a taper. You can stop the drug suddenly. It has a very long h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Fib/flutter waves: There are small waves from the atrial activity on 12-lead ecg. Normally these are single, well defined P waves during sinus rhythm. For flutter, the... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes, it is common.: Palpitations during pregnancy is common, but not always benign. It would be advisable to wear a holter monitor so your physician can determine if the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
It depends: 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: Yes, atrial tachycardia can be well treated either by medications or catheter ablation. See your electrophysiologist to discuss.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
Lifting, raising arm: Usually there is a lifting and bathing restriction for a week or so, and then no lifting the arms high for a month. Check with your implanting doc. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 years experience
For energy.: Many years ago, there were some pacemakers that had "nuclear batteries" - they were powered from the plutonium-238 radioisotope. These batteries last... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 21 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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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

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2001MD

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FACC
FHRS
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Medical College of Wisconsin
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