Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah

Vascular Surgery
Charleston, WV
23 years experience male

Locations

Office

Charleston, WV

Address

West Virginia University- Charleston Division, 3110 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Medicare

Medicaid

Vascular Center of Excellence

Charleston, WV

Charleston Area Medical Center

Charleston, WV

About

Bio

I have great interest in developing new techniques in treating complex vascular disease like aortic pathology/aneurysms/dissection both endovascular and open

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Vascular Surgery

Licenses

United States: West Virginia

Languages spoken

Arabic

Doctor Q&A

269 Answers
150 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
YES: This could happen spontaneous or traumatic. Typically asymptomatic especially if affecting one side with normal connection between both vertebral arte... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
0-100%: Different grading systems. Less than 30%, then 30-49%, then 50-69%, then 70-99%, then 99% or tight, then occluded.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Modify lifestyle: Must control risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetis, high cholestrol. Stop smoking. Excercise. Avoid tension and stress. Taking some medicati... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Doing an ultrasound test or what is called duplex ultrasound is the best non invasive test to diagnose carotid disease . Sometime you may need additio... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Few things: Most commonly detects narrowing and degree of that. But can be used to detect dissection or tear inside the artery, aneurysms of the artery, thrombus ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
How old?: If you are taking about a child with pulmonary embolism , this is very serious and of course treatment is anticoagulant like Heparin then Coumadin (wa... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Intracranial aneurysms can rupture and cause hemorrhagic stroke . Carotid artery aneurysm is rare but cause emboli or clot to brain and stroke.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
DVT: For DVT or clots in the veins , you should get tested with duplex ultrasound and if positive then get blood thinner like Heparin then Coumadin (warfar... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Pain/swelling: If you are asking about blood clots in the veins or DVT then the presentation is with sudden onset pain and swelling in the legs , sometimes with some... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Narrowing: Congenital narrowing of the aorta which is the main artery coming of the left side of the heart , typically affect aortic portion in the chest distal ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Xalerto: It may replace Lovenox (enoxaparin) in some diseases but not approved in all forms of anticoagulation . It is not Lovenox (enoxaparin) pills .. Name i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Possible: Your physician must rule out several other things before investigating your circulation to the brain . In cases of carotid artery occlusion and narrow... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Several: Allergy to warfarin, active bleeding , high falling risk , pregnancy, severe anemia .. Etc.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not a clot: Very unusual to feel a clot . If any pain or swelling check with your primary care or orthopedics surgeon for masses.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Need checked: You need to be checked for bike leak , retained stones, hematoma .. Etc . Talk to your surgeon.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Large proximal DVT: Pulmonary embolus pe could be a clot , air bubble, fat or foreign body . Most commonly a clot, which typically travel from a deep vein thrombosis DVT ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: It is not related to raynauds. In a rare syndrome from birth called klippel-trenaunay syndrome, patient can develop port wine stains or other vascular... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Evaluation liver: Portal vein is the main blood flow to the liver it occluded sometime with thrombosis that is usually treated with blood thinners like Coumadin (warfar... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Blood supply heart: They blood supply the heart carrying oxygen and nutrition to the heart muscles.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Instrumentation: Most commonly with any procedure that involves IV access especially central line access. Head and neck surgery , lung injury/trauma with large air lea... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Need more test: No actual difference except if the patient is thin and the physician can assess the size of the aorta which is not accurate . Best thing to do if you ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Normal or aneurysm: Feeling a strong pulse behind the knee can be normal in thin people but usually this need to be checked for popliteal artery aneurysm especially if yo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Several things: Control risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetis, check you lipid profile and keep LDL below recommended level according to your risk factors, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes : Typically you will require to be on anticoagulantion like Coumadin (warfarin) for around three to six months and blood pressure control . Most of the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes but not where: D-dimer is a blood test that is very sensitive to tell you if you have blood clot or not but does not tell you where is the clot. So even minor trauma... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: No but depending on cause and location they can recur. The deep vein phlebitis or DVT can become chronic and end up with vein wall damage and swelling... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Hypertension is a major cause of atherosclerosis which may cause heart attacks.
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Sure: Sure , why not as long as they are safe.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Usually Acute: Almost all dvts present as acute problem . With time they will progress to chronic DVT which may present as swelling in the legs , discoloration and u... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery or stent: Not all popliteal aneurysms need treatment. When indicated most patients are better served with a bypass surgery and ligation of the aneurysm or resec... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Multiple things: Depend on the cause of the claudication like vascular or neurogenic. For vascular you need to be on medications like Aspirin , u need to quit smoking,... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: Carotid artery disease usually become symptomatic when an embolus or clot goes to the brain and cause stroke or mini stroke . Hearing pulse in the hea... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes it can: If the the thrombus is causing complete blockage of the carotid artery then you are safe , but if the thrombus is partially obstructing the lumen of t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery: There is no known medical treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA . If the AAA reach certain diameter 5-5.5 cm then it needs repair : endovascular... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Possible: Typically u will have pain or stiffness, swelling and sometimes change in color. The leg can feel warm with occasional numbness. There is other causes... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Long action: Epinephrine will allow using higher dose of xylocaine (lidocaine) and so will work longer time. Also it will cause spasm in blood vessels and this wil... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes possible: Either you can have hypercoag unable status which means u form clots more than usual or in some patients with a condition called pfo/ patent foramen o... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Very unlikely: It will not make grow. In extreme cases of vomitting your blood pressure would become so high it can cause a rupture especially in big aneurysms.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Must see a doctor: Discuss with her doctor where is the aneurysm and does it need to be treated or not because not all aneurysm need to be fixed . Also discuss with gran... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not typically: Cartid artery stenosis can cause loss of vision in one eye as if u pull a black shade in front of it but not typically causes seeing spots.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
One course: One course but each one has different length of treatment , some may be just one pill and done with the course and some may go for months in some resi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Life expectancy : Of course after deciding if the size and location of the aneurysm is indicated for surgery then the decision depends on the patient life expectancy . ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Pain, swelling: If you mean venous clots or DVT then typical symptoms include pain , swelling in legs. Sometimes redness, low grade fever, stiffness in the leg muscle... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Stroke: It is the same as stroke . Caused by impaired oxygenation to the brain or part of it with sequential loss of function of that part and possible death ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Artery or vein : People with hypercoagulsble or tendency to form clots can have that . Patients with any catheters in the veins develop clots in the veins . Arterial c... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Several things: Hight blood pressure , diabetes, high cholesterol , smoking , family history of early atherosclerosis , some hypercoagulable disease like homocystenem... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Pump and deliver: The heart will pump blood into the vessels which carries oxygen and nutrition to organs and bring back waste to be cleared by lungs, liver and kidneys... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: This syndrome is related to compression of the superior mesenteric artery on the left renal vein against the aorta and no relations to hysterectomy or... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Extreme high blood pressure can induce rupture but of course also depending on the size , type/shape of the aneurysm . So small AAA less than 4 cm rar... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Atherosclerosis: It accelerates the process of atherosclerosis or clogging the arteries plus has hypercoagulable effect ie makes ur blood thicker and more prone to dev... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jul 12, 2012
Intelligent physician with good judgment and knowledge base
I recommend this physician!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Abu Halimah is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am having upper right quadrant abdominal pain. My CBC and metabolic panel were all within range. An abdominal ultrasound showed no abnormalities of organs. An AAA was ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Was told about my sma possibly needing to have a follow-up, but my gastro Dr. told me he didn't believe in this diagnosis.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Am a patient myself. Appreciate your taking time out to answer these questions

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

CHARLESTON AREA MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

Awards

Resident of the year award 2009
Honor list/top students . Medical school 2000
Top ten student in the country/ Jordan national qualifying exam

Affiliations

Vascular center of excellence at Charleston Area Medical Center
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