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Dr. Alan Heldman

Cardiology
Miami, FL
34 years experience male

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Miami

Address

6619 S Dixie Hwy, #255, Miami
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Alan W. Heldman, MD

Miami, FL

About

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Dr. Heldman was educated at Harvard College, UAB School of Medicine, and trained in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology all at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a faculty interventional cardiologist for 12 more years at Johns Hopkins, and for 8 years at University of Miami. Areas of special clinical interest and research publication include prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease, genetics and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and management of valvular heart disease. He has performed thousands of complex interventional procedures and hundreds of transcatheter valve replacements. He has led research using stem cell therapy for heart failure. Dr. Heldman is intrigued with the potential of apps and wireless self-monitoring devices to change the way cardiovascular medical care is delivered. To improve patients' experiences here on HealthTap, Dr. Heldman noted that "I find that Inbox Consults work much better than the time-limited virtual consults lasting only a few minutes. With an Inbox consult we can email back and forth until we have resolved the questions you have. Give it a try!"

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Cardiology

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Licenses

United States: Florida, Maryland

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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Coronary Ectasia: Ectasia of the coronary arteries means that the lumen (the channel for blood flow) has become dilated in certain sections. This is less common than c... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pre-hypertension: Recent data has suggested that our goals of treatment for high blood pressure should probably be lower than previously recognized. If you have a bloo... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Post PCI stress test: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the use of balloon angioplasty, stents, or other devices to treat coronary artery disease. Whether patient... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
ECG EKG: The electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is a very commonly done heart test. Electrodes on the chest, arms & legs show the electrical activity of the heart... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Bradycardia: Heart rate in the 50s in a young fit person is absolutely normal. If there are specific symptoms that concern you, consider getting a consult here on... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Need more info: It looks like you have concerns about a complex medical situation. You may want to consult with a doctor with a more detailed review of the problems. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Emergency: Sudden severe difficulty breathing is an emergency. In most cases the right thing to do is to summon emergency personnel to the scene.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yuk: Apple cider vinegar? Yuk. Why would you take that? It has not been shown to have beneficial health effects, and may cause gastric problems. To lower b... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Cardiac symptoms: When palpitations (the sensation of a rapid or irregular heart beat) are associated with lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath or chest pain,... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Statin drugs: The main side effect of statin drugs is lowering the risk of heart attack/stroke in patients w/ high cholesterol. Recommendations about who should ta... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Ischemia : Ischemia means insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscle. This can be detected by various tests including a stress test, where depression of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or strok... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Zofran + arrhythmia: There are reports of arrhythmias associated with (which does not mean caused by) intravenous Zofran. Some reports have suggested the risk is higher f... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Better safe / sorry: If you have chest discomfort which lasts for more than a few minutes and is concerning to you, you should seek immediate medical attention. There are... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
It depends what type: Vasculitis means an inflammation of blood vessels, and is a category which includes a very wide range of disorders. Some are mild and self limited an... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Overdose: 5 grams of metoprolol tartrate would likely cause severe illness and possibly death. Why are you asking? If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
C Diff endocarditis: It would be very very rare for this bug to cause infective endocarditis. A patient who has had multiple episodes of endocarditis should probably have... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
You may not like it: Reserpine is effective at lowering blood pressure, but is rarely used now because in many patients side effects are prominent. There are a lot of bl... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends....: Most patients with mitral valve prolapse do not require specific treatment. Rarely the valve will degenerate and require surgical repair.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Between LV and Ao: The aortic valve is a passive flap valve with three leaflets which opens as the left ventricle (LV) ejects blood into the Aorta (Ao). After ejection,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
IVCD: Intraventricular conduction delay indicates that part of the ECG tracing, the QRS complex, is wider than normal. It is not necessarily a significant ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Mitral valve anxiety: While clinicians often diagnose the "mitral valve prolapse syndrome" with palpitations, anxiety, and other symptoms, in truth the association between ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Cardiac regeneration: Regenerating healthy heart muscle is a major objective of cardiovascular researchers around the world. Our group & others have shown that stem cel... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
ECG changes after MI: The electrocardiogram may be permanently affected by a significant myocardial infarction. It sounds like your tracing may have T wave inversion or ST... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pre-hypertension: Recent data has suggested that our goals of treatment for high blood pressure should be lower than previously recognized. If you have a blood pressur... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pulsus alternans: "Pulsus alternans" describes alternating stronger/weaker arterial pulse waves. Generally a sign of very poor heart function, & would not be the o... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Mitral valve: The test results here do not necessarily lead to any particular conclusion; additional information would be needed to give you advice. Think about a c... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Diagnosing high BP: One high blood pressure measurement does not mean you have hypertension. Relax, and check it again when you are feeling comfortable and have been sitt... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
PVCs vs arrhythmia: Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) are isolated extra beats. The patient may feel them as an extra beat or skipped beat. These are generally ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Changes in ECG: There are many reasons why the electrocardiographic T waves might change in a period of hours. To help find out what is going on in a particular case... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Diuretics for HTN: Hypertension which is not uncontrolled on 2 drugs often needs a diuretic. There is sometimes fear that diuretics will worsen kidney function, but in ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Pericardial disease: Pericardial thickening & effusion (excess fluid in the sac around the heart) can be caused by a number of conditions including viral or idiopathic... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
A-fib drugs: There are options for treating atrial fibrillation. 1) Use beta blockers &/or calcium blockers to control the heart rate, but this does not preven... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Heart failure: Heart failure caused by a prior myocardial infarction (heart attack) is a very serious problem. Fortunately there are well-defined treatments includin... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Bleeding & bruising : There are many things that might cause these symptoms; some are not a big deal but others are serious. When there is a tendency to bleeding and bruisi... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Chest tightness : Chest discomfort must be taken seriously. While it is possible that the symptom is from one of the many causes of chest pain that won't kill you, unf... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Mitral prolapse: Mild mitral prolapse with trivial valvular regurgitation (leaking) is unlikely to cause any future health problems. No specific treatment would be re... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Anorexia and heart: Anorexia nervosa can cause a variety of cardiac complications including weakness of the heart muscle and arrhythmias. There are many varieties of ECG... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Long QT: The QT interval (and QT corrected for heart rate, QTc) is a measurement from the EKG. If accurate, your 608 is long and deserves further investigation... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Cardiac symptoms: When palpitations (the sensation of a rapid or irregular heart beat) are associated with lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath or chest pain,... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Question? Consult!: These little boxes are not good for answering specific patient case problems. Consider a cardiology consultation here on HealthTap. The kind of con... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
PVCs: Premature ventricular contractions are common. Most of the time they do not cause serious problems but if there are thousands of PVCs per day it can l... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: 3 main strategies for AF: 1) medicines like diltiazem or beta blockers to control the heart rate from going fast in AF. These drugs do not prevent AF... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Nuclear stress test: It would be unusual for a 33 year old woman to have a condition where a nuclear stress test was helpful. The effects of radiation exposure are measur... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
High blood pressure: High blood pressure is associated with the development of a number of cardiovascular and kidney diseases, including stroke, heart attack, heart failur... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Consultation : It sounds like you have a complex set of issues & have already had some evaluation. For personal attention to a medical concern, consider a second... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Heart Emergency: Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Valve surgery: Some left heart valve problems can cause damage to the lung circulation and right side of the heart (such as pulmonary hypertension.) Mild mitral valv... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Abnormal EKG: Abnormalities of the electrocardiogram sometimes indicate a heart problem. The EKG should be reviewed by a cardiologist together with your history to... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 34 years experience
Better safe / sorry: If you have chest discomfort which lasts for more than a few minutes and is concerning to you, you should seek immediate medical attention. There are... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Philip Miller
Nov 24, 2015
I high endorse and recommend Dr. Alan Heldman as an expert on the HealthTap expert forum. His clinical insights and advice are exemplary and he is a true asset to the HealthTap community
Oct 31, 2017
Excellent and reliable doc
HealthTap member
Mar 12, 2016
hi Sir my father heart function is working only 15to20% what you suggest me I need your help
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much. I've been having spells where my heart goes out of control and I'll faint if I don't react quickly. My appointment is soon and I just wanted opinion...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Heldman like you say this is what i seemed to find with MV Repair not much hard data to take or not to take Aspirin same with Betablockers no evidence to take I ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! TY, all vas.surg. said was take a full aspirin each day. Will try to find a Cardiologist w/this specialty. (told subclavian L blockage, artery going to brain has reverse...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, THE
Completed 1991

Awards

Top Cardiologist, First Place, Florida - Spring
2015
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, Florida - Winter
2015
Top Doctor, Second Place, Miami Region - Winter
2015
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