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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah

Vascular Surgery
Charleston, WV
22 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 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Location: Most of the time yes they need to be removed surgically but in some areas when the vein is very superficial or close to skin or bone or at the ankle t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
DVT: Yes this may happen but such patient may have hypercoagulable state which means patient can develop clots in his veins or arteries , so must rule out ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Antibiotics: Usually embolectomy involves removal of the clot and primary closure of the artery without leaving a prosthetic patch on the artery. Infections will b... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Check immediatly: Different causes : like disc prolapse, neuropathy, stroke but in young age you need to be checked for other causes like multiple sclerosis .. See your... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Carotid surgery: Carotid endarterectomy is well tolerated as long as you don't have severe cardiac or lung disease . If it is done for symptomatic disease then risk of... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Blunt or penetrating: Depending on mechanism of injury blunt or penetrating which can end up with small intimal (inner wall) dissection , wall hematoma , contained rupture ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Mass or stroke: Most often present as pulsatile mass in the neck usually painless. They can embolize or thrombose, which is rare, causing stroke . In cases of large o... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Angio: If there is no obvious source for TIA other than carotids and with two conflicting studies of the carotids , then if it highly suspicious to be caroti... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Not in chronic: Usually after few weeks of portal vein thrombosis there is nothing to do except taking warfarin . In acute cases within first two weeks a physician ca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Tear or disruption : Tear or disruption between the three layers of the artery wall which start at one location and can extend , enlarge, forms clots with embolization or ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Usually nothing : Usually this is normal but could be old blockage in the veins
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Check ASAP : Losing arterial blood flow is an emergency. Symptoms include loss coldness, numbness, pale limb ( no swelling) decrease motor activity , painfull and ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Fast: Really depends if you have pre or post procedure stroke or mini stroked which should be unusual . Most probably of everything goes well you can be hom... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Multifactorial: Disease in the media( middle layer) of the artery with accumulation of fat, cholesterol into the wall causing inflammation which become chronic with s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Could be: Atherosclerotic plaque are not caused by embolus themselves but they can cause emboli distal to them or downstream. This is most of the time noticed i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Yes but of course depending on general health status . Also depending on kind of surgery so aortic surgery has higher risk of complications compared t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
No: Arterial/aortic disease can be seen in Marfan syndrome and type 4 ehler danlos or what is called vascular type.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Patient with carotid stenosis should be on anti platelet medicine like Aspirin or Plavix , also if tolerated, must be on a statin( cholesterol lowerin... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Male/atherosclerosis: This depends on the cause and location of periphral arterial disease. Most common seen as atherosclerosis in lower extremities and that is more common... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Your type ?: What is your type ? There is many kinds of vasculitis and symptoms depends on organs in involved with the disease .. We need more information.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Conservative: Typically with anticoagulation/coumadin or antiplatelets for 3-6 months. Rarely with require stent placement.
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Anticoagulants: Heparin, Lovenox and Coumadin (warfarin) usually for six months or longer if recurrent. In severe cases patient my require thrombolytics to desolve th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: These tend to occur as part of ascending aortic dissection or during coronary catheterization and they could be fatal.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Possible: The major risk of carotid dissection is to develop stroke. Depending on the size of the stroke some can become fatal.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Depends on location of affected organ like lungs, kidneys, intestines .. Etc
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
50's : There is different causes of pad and onset of symptoms are different. Most common is atherosclerosis and this start early in life but usually start to... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Patient with sepsis or infection are more prone to develop clots, also with endocarditis some infected clots can break loose and embolize or travel so... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Open AAA repair in otherwise healthy young patient will require around one week in the hospital but for endovascular repair the stay is typically 24 h... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Possible: Causes for non healing ulcer include foreign body in the ulcer, radiation , inflammation , infection , cancer, untreated ischemia , etc. . If the ulce... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Ask rehab: The best thing for that is talking to your rehabilitation physician and to previous patients with amputations about there experience, usually rehab fa... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Occlusion: When an aneurysm gets larger the blood will form layered thrombus or clot inside the aneurysm against the wall , this can cause emboli or clots downst... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Awake or asleep: Some surgeons will perform carotid surgery under local aneshesia and during clamping the patient can give feed back about decrease blood flow which me... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Less blood in PA: If the is decrease blood flow into pulmonary artery pa or any of it's branches then there will be decrease pulmonary vascularity. In babies some conge... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Several: Treatment of poor circulation depends on the symptoms and stage of disease. Medically these patients should be on antiplatelets like aspirin, statins ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Multiple uses: They are used in different diseases including hypertension, coronary artery disease, raynaud's disease , during some vascular interventions
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Rare: Very unusual although vasculitis can occur at young age and cause symptoms of arterial occlusion.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Stroke or death : If localized area then patient will have stroke but if it's global and for long time then can cause brain death.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Cath is not good: During left heart cath some cardiologist will inject dye into the aorta looking for aneurysms . This may raise the suspicion of an aneurysm but most o... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Anomaly: Abnormal origin of the right subclavian artery from the distal aorta in the chest running behind the esophagus and compress it sometimes causing swall... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Above 50 : There is different numbers depending on age ( more common above 50), sex ( more common in males), presence of symptoms and severity of stenosis . Gene... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
See a surgeon: Simply finding a vein(cephalic or basilic) in your arm and forearm with good size , isolate it , disconnect it and suture it to a close by artery do i... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
3-5 days: This really depend on you nutrition status and liver function plus other medication you are taking but typically 3-5 days.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
ER now: You should go to the emergency roam now . You may be experiencing a clot in your brachial/arm artery
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: If the ulcer you have on the inner aspect of your leg above the ankle then most probably it is related to your venous problem and you need a high pres... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Possibly: Any reason that cause sudden and severe increase in blood pressure should be avoided . Most of dissections have no etiology but in unusual diseases li... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Narrowing: It is narrowing in the carotid artery typically at the bifurcation into the internal carotid which goes to the brain . The more the narrowing especial... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
2-6 weeks: If it was done for patient with no neurological deficit then two weeks to go back to light duties and probably six weeks for full activity.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Not really : There is no test to tell u if u will develop dissection or not . Regular or trans-thoracic echo can detect dissection in the ascending part of the tho... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Percent blockage : Usually will estimate percentage of blockage in the artery. Sometimes can identify clots , complete blockage or dissection.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Two types: Two types depending on which part of the brain is affected or sometimes they can happen together. One is expressive or motor aphasia where patient can... Read More

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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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