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Dr. Joshua Cooper

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Philadelphia, PA
26 years experience male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

3400 Spruce Street 9 Founders Pavilion, 9 Founders Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA
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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.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

49 Answers
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Not worrisome: There is a network of nerves through the body that regulates heart rate and blood pressure. Also, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream to speed... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Mitral valve imaging: Mitral valve prolapse is a diagnosis made by echo. If it is minor, sometimes there can be differences in interpretation. A trace or mild amount of mit... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Broken heart: Broken heart syndrome is thought to be caused by a sudden huge surge of adrenaline which can cause a severe but usually temporary weakening of the hea... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: A 30-day wearable heart monitor can be of great help to your electrophysiologist to make diagnosis!
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Get checked out: There are a couple reasons the heart rate can race after drinking too much alcohol. One is being dehydrated and a faster pulse is a normal response. T... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Edema and infection: Several things can cause leg swelling, including a blood clot in the vein (deep vein thrombosis) and infection spreading to the leg. You should get ch... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Get help: Pseudoephedrine can cause blood vessel contraction or spasm, but probably will not cause significant heart damage. Far more concerning to me is the pu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Many rhythms: Patients with congestive heart failure are at risk for several different abnormal heart rhythms, including life threatening and more benign rhythms th... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Likely unrelated: It is very unusual for the left side of the heart to not have enough oxygen. This only happens with certain birth defects of the heart and severe lung... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: Tell your doctor if symptoms started and stopped suddenly. Don't settle for "panic" diagnosis!
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Pregnancy findings: The heart rate goes up through pregnancy, at rest and during exercise. Some arrhythmias can flare up during pregnancy as well (including those that ar... Read More
A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Calcium score: Calcification of the coronary arteries of the heart can be seen on a ct scan of the heart. Some doctors recommend a screening "calcium score" heart sc... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Symptom timing?: Catheter ablations in the heart can rarely cause complications in nearby organs. Pneumothorax would be a very unusual complication after ablation and... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Reassuring symptoms: Chest pains that are brief (lasting seconds) or directly related to movement (breathing in and out, arm movement, body position) are very unlikely to ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Heart stopping?: When a heart transplant is done, the human heart can be removed and preserved for many hours before it is implanted into another person. But if the he... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Normal variation: Heart rates vary through the day, under precise control by a nerve network and by adrenaline levels in the blood. Many things can increase the heart r... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Pulse and adrenaline: Adrenaline will increase with activity and anxiety. Simply checking your blood pressure could lead to an increase in pulse rate if you were anxiously ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Many ECG diagnoses: An ECG looks at the electrical activity of the heart. There are hundreds of different conditions and diagnoses that will create abnormalities of diffe... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Many issues: You mention several symptoms. Some, all, or none of them may be related. With regard to heart "flutters, " "pounds, " and "low heart rate, " you shoul... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Many possibilities: A number of conditions can cause right chest pains. Angina, or heart pain from reduced blood flow to the heart, is not usually sharp nor is it typical... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Get medical help: It sounds like you have many symptoms and abnormal blood tests that suggest something acute is going on. The doctor who ordered those tests should fol... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Checkup: It depends on what you mean by "faint feeling.". If you had a 5-10 second period of feeling like you might black out and fall to the ground, you shoul... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Stress test for CAD: There are 3 categories we think of with the heart: pumping strength, electrical system, and plumbing (blood flow to heart via the coronary arteries). ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
More details: An MRI is a 3d image of the heart and gives more precise information about pumping strength (called ejection fraction) and function of the heart muscl... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Close observation: It sounds like you have a couple different issues that require regular observation. While your aortic root diameter does not suggest that surgery is n... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Nephrologist needed: The pacemaker is not related to the kidney issues and no particular diet is needed from a pacemaker standpoint. You should make sure your father sees ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Heart or not?: An ekg only shows the heart's rhythm during the 10 seconds that it was performed. A 30 day heart monitor can catch the heart rhythm during symptoms to... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Heart monitor: The best way to figure out what is going on when you feel your heart racing is to wear a heart monitor (prescribed to wear for 24 hours or up to 30 da... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: Don't panic. Do take your pulse rate, seek treatment if it is bothersome, & tell doctor all details.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
AF ablation: Atrial flutter is a simple electrical short circuit in the right atrium and a catheter ablation procedure is very safe and effective (95% permanent cu... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Diagnose myocarditis: Myocarditis can be silent on an ekg. If there is also pericarditis, there are subtle changes that can sometimes be seen. Other tests can be done to di... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Computers err: The automatic computer reading of an ekg is pretty good but it very often makes mistakes which can even be major mistakes in diagnosis. Therefore the ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Healthy heart: The healthier the heart, the faster the heart rate drops down after stopping exercise. It is generally recommended to aim for an exercise heart rate ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Beta blockers: Lopressor is metoprolol tartrate, which is the short acting version and should be taken every 6 or 8 hours. Toprol xl is metoprolol succinate, which i... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Bp not the issue: Unless your blood pressure is extremely high it is not likely to interfere with getting pregnant. 3 months is not that long to try to get pregnant, so... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Not worrisome: There is a network of nerves through the body that regulates heart rate and blood pressure. Also, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream to speed... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
It goes up: Pulse pressure is the difference between systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) in the blood pressure. So if blood pressure is 120/80 the... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Hypertension defined: Everyone's blood pressure rises and falls during the day in response to activities. During exercise, it is normal for the blood pressure to rise. A re... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Fast heart abnormal: A heart rate at rest of 130-140 is not normal and can cause bigger problems if not treated. You should see your doctor and get an ekg so your heart r... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Menstrual flutters: Many things can give a fluttering sensation in the chest, including several heart rhythm issues. Almost all these arrhythmias are benign (not dangerou... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: Most svt results from an electrical short circuit in the heart. A simple procedure can cure it!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: Don't panic! do try splashing ice water on the face, do consider ablation if svt becomes bothersome.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Vagal reflex?: There are many causes of syncope, and one of the most common is a nerve reflex, called a vasovagal reflex, that can suddenly drop the heart rate and b... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Normal finding: D-dimer is a breakdown product that is produced when blood clots are formed and broken down in the bloodstream. A low number is completely normal, eve... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Possible: Remeron (mirtazapine) has been reported to be associated with a lower heart rate but this is not a common side effect and is not typically a dangerous... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Ignore: Give your doctor all details, including symptoms, pattern, what makes it start and stop.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Normal BP: Blood pressures of 100-115/60-70 mmhg are normal. If blood pressure medications are being taken, they seem to be doing a good job. If someone loses we... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Not dangerous: Resting heart rates in the 40's are common in young people, especially those who exercise regularly, and does not necessarily mean there is an autonom... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Cooper
Cardiac Electrophysiology 26 years experience
Normal finding: Sinus arrhythmia means that the pulse rate gradually speeds up and slows down, usually related to simply breathing in and out. This is a normal findin... Read More

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Dec 16, 2012
Doctor Joshua Cooper took as much time as I needed to help me understand my rhythm problem and it is the first time a doctor spent so much time with me. I was so worried about my condition before my ...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Cooper is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard University
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Awards

Listed, Best Doctors in America
Top Docs, Philadelphia Magazine

Affiliations

Heart Rhythm Society
Massachusetts Medical Society
American Heart Association
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