Dr. Milton Alvis, jr

Preventive Medicine
San Antonio, TX
43 years experience male

Locations

Milton E. Alvis, Jr., M.D., P.A.

San Antonio, TX

Address

8627 Cinnamon Creek Drive, San Antonio, TX, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

Specialist: Preventive, Non-Invasive & Interventional Cardiology, Internal Medicine, insight focused therapeutic medicine & Senior FAA Medical Examiner. Extensive mechanical & electrical engineering design & troubleshooting background. Former USAF pilot instructor in supersonic jet aircraft (awarded for outstanding performance & promoted to special assistant to the Wing Commander), worked part-time last 3.5 years of Medical School to avoid debt; yet still graduated in the top of medical school class. Elected president of the Tulane Resident's Association, 1984-5. Recruited for the position of Chief Resident, Tulane & subspeciality fellowships (nephrology, cardiology & pulmonary diseases) during Internal Medicine residency. I focus on helping clients understand, protect & restore health.

Specialties
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Preventive Medicine

Aerospace Medicine

Cardiology

Integrative Medicine

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

1.5K Answers
144 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
A common method is: rate limited glucose passage from a blood sample into filter paper containing (1) an enzyme which converts glucose into gluconic acid along with (2) a... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Supply brain & face: These are the 2 larger arteries in the front of the neck which supply the brain & face. Loss of reduction of supply to brain (clots) blocks blood flow... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Minimal to Rapidly:: Like most diseases, varies widely. CHF typically progresses slowly, years to decades; not recognized until symptoms=severe enough that people finally ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
SeeHeart & BloodFlow: Issues detectable by symptoms, stethoscope and/or ekg are limited; e.g. Most heart attacks & valve problems missed. Using us, 1-10 mhz, motion of the ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
ForDecadesYetIgnored: Atherosclerosis, typically starts ~age 7, is primarily driven by lipoproteins (the proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells), not chole... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Chemical "Stress": Stimulant dobutamine, injected by IV drip to ↑ heart muscle intensity & rate of contraction, in place of walking. The ↑ed intensity & BP is the stress... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Food BestSource Ca+2: Yes, D3 needed for absorption & often ↓ in US, but best measure vit. D3 concentration; optimal in the 70-80 ng/ml range. Sun tends to trigger conv... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
HDL Removes All Fats: Ldl & HDL are lipoproteins, i.e. Protein particles which carry all fats in the water outside cells. Large-hdl removes fat from cells overloaded. Ldl i... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Large HDL >10 μmol/L: The usual answer given is for cholesterol associated with apo-a1 protein, the chief organizing protein of HDL particles, called hdl-c & mg/dl. But thi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
None; HDL IsNotChol.: Hdl are complex protein particles, 80-100 proteins/particle, which accept fat molecules from cells which need to export fat. The proteins are manufac... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Yes, Up To a Point: Aggressive reduction of low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particle concentrations along with a high number of functional large high densi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
ManyThings,Depending: Your statement “healthy-looking” is key. Most issues of health/disease, a continuum, are hidden inside & do not become apparent until advanced because... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Survival of Cells: Blood type refers to thousands of proteins (antigens) on surface of cell membranes, as recognized by antibody proteins. Abo and rh types were the firs... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Debility & Death: Statistically, it is the most common mechanism of debility and death in all first world countries. Atherosclerosis typically starts in childhood yet t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambe... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Body Water, not Cell: Our body is made mostly from water, ~62% if lean. About 2/3 of the water is inside cells, 1/3 outside. The fat molecules of the cell membranes are wha... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
UsuallyNoneforYears: Type i often sudden, type ii dm commonly progresses slowly for decades without symptoms, is missed by docs, though artery disease & other problems als... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Yes, In development: Arteries are being grown in tissue culture, typically using an animal artery, slowly washing away all the cells using detergents and then perfusing ce... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Stiffness - Weakness: With increased stiffness &/or weakness of heart pumping (muscle &/or valve problems), brain reflexes ↑ thirst/water intake & ↓ water output from kidne... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
HighDensityLipoprote: Hdl = high density lipoproteins, particles which carry fat molecules in water outside cells, have complex protein shells (including a key organizing p... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
PVC simply means the: premature beats believed to be originating from in your ventricles, the principle pumping chambers. This is rarely benign for anyone (especially at yo... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Diuretic ↑water loss: The 5 lb gain is due to ↑ed body water & suggests you have a problem with excess body water retention, mostly commonly due to heart stiffness (dia... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Only if body immune: system were to respond to a cancer versus continue to let it grow (as is necessary to get to a size detectable by any current means beyond accidental ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Honesty/OpennessMost: effective, yet no certainty, no technical answers. The more someone feels honesty is crucially important & is not threatened by being honest, the ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Normal=Common, Not: Health. Intermittent loss of blood is not rare but also a sign of problems. Seek help worthy of your trust. Placenta Previa is one of many possibiliti... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Old blood most: likely; assuming you are speaking of discharge from lungs, bladder or vagina; discharge site not specified. Blood, after a time, & a bit diluted l... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Any form of tissue: more dense than air filled alveoli, i.e. any type of fibrous/scar tissue resulting from response to any type of infection, injury, cancer, etc. Thus a... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Internalized Grief: being expressed in dreams, yet painful to remember so don't remember after awakening, just the sadness/grief/crying. The reasons are within. Seek... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Absolutely-depending: on agents, quantities & what altered responses which happen within you. Many laxatives stimulate ↑ed intestinal activity, contractions, intestina... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Q-tip Bad Tool for: ear canal because they are too big & push most the cerumen wax (& whatever else) further into the ear canal. Only the skin of the middle 1/3rd... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
In vast majority of: cases due to nail/finger trauma. (Basis for concern, as 1 piece of diagnostic pattern, is recurring, multiple fingers & toes without apparent basi... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
FlecainideBisoprolol: Warfarin, unlikely; flecainide & bisoprolol yes, depending on individual circumstances. Flecanide is a Class 1 "antiarrhythmic" which on... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Min.Trauma&KillBact.: Crucial: minimizing skin trauma (the problem with popping pimples, esp. when not done with great care/sophistication/aseptic technique) while also sup... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Av Glucose 143 mg/dL: according to this research: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/3/881.short. or http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/427799. In human trials, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Cluster Headache is: a label for a pattern of vascular (i.e. migraine) head pain activity. That does not mean that the pattern(s) have any great diagnostic, useful signif... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Yes, anywhere, yet: rarely symmetrical, so if symptoms/signs are symmetrical, problem is unlikely to be Shingles. Since Shingles is a recurrent flair of pox virus, long d... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Still AddictionFocus: Addiction=using ANY chemicals/supplements/vitamins/diversions, etc. to avoid feeling/solving Soul/Mental life issues vs. numb/distract/avoid dealing w... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
No, clearly some: problem with situation leading to burning reaction to begin with. Men typically much stronger intercourse driven than women. Women routinely extremely... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
A way to induce skin: injury in a somewhat controlled & distributed way. The bigger issue, are the possible/actual appearance changes over time, resulting from the inju... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Infarcts (DeadCells): are a result of either loss of blood supply or trauma. At her age (though artery disease is typically present in 1/2 US citizens by age 7 y/o by US au... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
For what goals? This: is the far more important issue. Both promoted for symptoms; cure nothing, may promote other problems, especially if used frequently. Additionally th... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Mutual, NoClear Time: When your child increasingly wants to eat like adults, especially more than breast feed, would be one of many clues. However life is always complex; w... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Normal does not mean: healthy; only a statement of assumed/observed frequency, how common/uncommon. This is a huge issue. Medical industry defines normal: average to includ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Recommend patience.: By this age, not eating for a couple of days or more is usually very low risk. The behavior could be related to any number of emotional (any current f... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Yes age especially: "straining on toilet" a common time for vasovagal & cardiac arrhythmias to show up as symptomatic. With hypotension, some people, who have not his... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Look up the PI, i.e.: Prescribing Information: http://www.suboxone.com/content/pdfs/prescribing-information.pdf. PIs are the minimum information from research & clinica... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Use Google for the: partially understood mechanisms: e.g. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18930565. Like most biological issues, the complexities are only partially u... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Of course, both: any (a) pain &/or (b) fear of bad things which might happen if you go to sleep will limit relaxation & sleep. Anxiety=fear, the issue is fear ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Delta wave, if true,: is considered a sign of early excitation of the ventricles from atrial electrical activity. Usual atria to ventricle passage of electrical activity=vi... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Diagnosis is largely: by symptoms. Bronchitis simply means inflammation (-itis) of the bronchial (bronch) tubes, regardless reason. If no phlegm or fever, would wait & ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Well, I can usually go through a physician's answers in an hour or so but Dr. Alvis takes education to a whole new level. Each answer references further material where in depth knowledge of the prese...Read More
Nov 20, 2015
I enjoy and learn from Dr. Alvis' answers. He is thorough, exact, in what he has to offer both patients and colleagues alike, as both immediate, and relevant! Excellent bedside manner. And we are luck...Read More
May 15, 2013
Dr Alvis clearly is very knowledgable about preventive medicine & medicine in general. He provides an excellent public service on HealthTap. I recommend Dr. Alvis.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Hi Dr Milton Alvis Jr thank-you for your very interesting reply which i will lok into and your professional advice generously shared also thanks for the time providing a...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the information and providing me more details on delta waves. I have a holter in 2 days to investigate this further. I appreciate your input and taking tim...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I did a preliminary search on Leah and will try again. I will follow you here and see if it might show up in your newsletter. Thank you! It's been hard to digest and I f...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

Charity Hospital & Medical Center of Louisiana at NO

Residency

Tulane Medical Center

Residency

Veterans Administration Hospital, NO Louisiana

Residency

Touro Infirmary, Tulane Affiliated Hospital

Awards

Vitals.com: Companionate Physician & Top 3% Physicians by National Patient Rating's Awards
RateMs.com: Best Rated Cardiologists, San Antonio, TX
Top Doctor, First Place, San Antonio, TX - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX
Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, San Antonio, TX

Publications

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