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Dr. Zahid Ahmad

Endocrinology
Dallas, TX
18 years experience male

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
Directions

About

Bio

I'm an endocrinologist who specializes in evaluation and treatment of rare disorders of lipids and lipoproteins. Examples include familial hypercholesterolemia (LDL-C > 200 mg/dL) and severe hypertriglyceridemia (triglycerides > 1000 mg/dL). My research involves the genetics of these disorders.

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Endocrinology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

18 Answers
30 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
2-4 weeks: If you have stopped your statin, i would wait 6 weeks amd get your cholesterol checked.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Cholesterol not fat: Cholesterol and fat are two different things. Fat is transported in the human body as triglycerides, and it's triglycerides that accumulate in the liv... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
More side effects : In addition to the other answer, muscle aches/breakdown and liver toxicity are rare side effects. Of note , many patients have taken statins for years... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not common: It's not common, but certainly does happen. Some individuals have genetically low ldl-c. High hdl-c may occur with exercise (especially young athletes... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Lab tests: Calcium, phosphorus, pth, and vitamin d levels.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: The only cholesterol meds that are safe for pregnancy are bile acid binding resins. Their names are colestipol, cholestyramine, and colesevelam. If yo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Surgery: If the pituitary adenoma is actually the cause of the headache (which often occurs in gh-secreting tumors), then surgical removal (by an experienced n... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Possibly: It really depends on their level of cholesterol. Plaque has been previously reported in kids. I would recommend seeing a lipid specialist.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Eat something: If you have a hypoglycemic episode, the following is reasonable: 1.) check your blood sugar (to document the low blood sugar) 2.) take 1/2 cup of ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Not usually: It depends on the cause. Autoimmune hypothyroidism (aka hashimoto's) does not typically go away. Some other causes might. Regardless, the medication (... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Thirst and urination: Many people have no signs or symptoms of diabetes (high blood sugar). Some people experience 1.) excessive urination (body trying to eliminate sugar... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Diabetic control: The goal of diet therapy is the same as the goal of pharmacologic therapy: glucose control. Typically, glucose control is assessed by the hemoglobin a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
High and low calcium: Hypoparathyroidisim has low calcium and low PTH (hormone that controls calcium). Hyperparathyroidis, has high calcium and either high or (abnormall... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Unclear: Alghough the answer to your question is not completely known, statins (such as rosuvastatin) are contraindicated in pregnancy and in nursing mothers. ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Cholesterol and fam: Typical diagnostic criteria is: 1.) extremely high cholesterol 2.) someone else in the family with extremely high cholesterol, premature heart disea... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Yes: Patients with diabetes are considered to be high risk for a heart attack. If you were my patient (or my relative), i would ask you start a low dose of... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
Mostly dietary stuff: The following can help lower your cholesterol: 1.) red yeast rice (although it has a low dose of a prescription statin in it). 2.) plant stanols/ste... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Ahmad
Endocrinology 18 years experience
No: Nearly every study on dhea-s supplements has failed to find a consistent benefit.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ahmad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ahmad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks I am feeling better but I am not going back on statins
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tulane University School of Medicine, LA
Graduated 2004MD

Affiliations

UT Southwestern Medical Center
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