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Dr. Peter Banitt

Internal Medicine - Cardiology
Tualatin, OR
33 years experience male

Locations

Northwest Cardiovascular Institute

Tualatin

Address

19260 SW 65th Ave, Suite 420, Tualatin
Directions

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About

Bio

Dr. Banitt received his Bachelor's degree summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then furthered his medical training by completing his internal medicine residency at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, and completing his general and interventional cardiology fellowship training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Both are Teaching Hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Banitt enjoys seeing patients with all types of cardiovascular problems (Heart failure, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, valve diseases, etc.) and has a sub-specialty interest in coronary and peripheral interventions. This includes treating patients with coronary artery narrowings with balloon angioplasty or stents. He is also able to treat peripheral artery disease by performing interventions in diseased vessels in the legs. In addition to his procedural interests, Dr. Banitt has an interest in promoting healthy living in his patients and working with naturopathic and complimentary medical providers in the Portland area if his patients desire this to be part of their treatment plan. Dr. Banitt would like to get to know each person as an individual and make sure they understand their particular heart condition and how we are working to treat it. Outside of work, Dr.Banitt is married and has twin daughters. His wife, Susan Pease Banitt LCSW, is a psychotherapist and author. Her book A Trauma Tool Kit, Healing PTSD from the Inside Out, was recently published by Quest Books. He and his family enjoy horseback riding, camping and eating locally grown, organic foods.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Cardiology

Doctor Q&A

85 Answers
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Have a checkup: Chest pains or angina from a blocked artery to the heart typically occur with exertion and might be a pressure or heaviness or burning in the mid ches... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
BP Varies: It is normal for the blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day. Being active, feeling stressed or having strong emotional thoughts, caffeine, sal... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Call your doctor: While many sensations can occur while pregnant and heart disease is uncommon, there are heart and lung conditions that occur during pregnancy that mig... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Many choices: Firstly, most people who have occasional premature ventricular contractions do not need medications to treat this condition. It is typically a nuisanc... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Holistic Approach: While you will certainly need the assistance of a qualified counselor or therapist, you can also learn more about your condition and utilize a holisti... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Possible thrombosis: Although it is not too common in younger people, it is possible to develop a blood clot in the veins of the legs. This venous thrombosis could then b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Have it checked: An irregular heart beat could be a simple or benign occurrence which does not require any additional testing or treatment. However, other irregular h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Premature Beats: While most people have a regular heart rate, it is not uncommon to have a premature or extra heart beat on occasion. These might occur more often wit... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
HOCM: I believe you are describing hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. The abbreviation, hocm, is sometimes spoken like "hokem". In this condition t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Stress on the Heart: Stress cardiomyopathy or "takotsubo" cardiomyopathy is a condition where acute stress activates the sympathetic nerves (nerves which release adrenalin... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Have it Checked: A murmur is the sound of blood rushing through the heart or heart valves. Many times there is nothing to worry about. However if you feel winded, or... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Stress affects you: We are learning more and more about the harmful effects of stress. Chronic stress increases adrenaline release which raises blood pressure and can al... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Aspirin,: Aspirin, beta-blockers, statin drugs are all important, but don't forget to breathe and relax.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Ask your Doctor: In the past, the usual dose of Aspirin was 325 mg which is one adult - sized pill. Now there is more evidence that a lower dose such as 81 mg - somet... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Possibly yes: There are some genetic conditions such as marfan's syndrome that can make patients more likely to develop an aneurysm of their aorta and an aortic dis... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Immediately after a stent is placed and for approximately 1 year, patients are given blood thinners such as aspirin and Plavix (or some other drugs) T... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Irregular Heart Beat: An arrhythmia is any type of irregular heart beat. It might be a simple skip of the heart beat, or a transient pause which is usually benign. Howeve... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Scans are reviewed: There are many different types of holter monitoring systems, but typically a computer does the initial report and then a technician ensures that the c... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
A : A heart attack is when one of the heart arteries becomes plugged with plaque or fatty deposit and then a blood clot forms to completely plug up this v... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
When : When you feel your heart beating in groups of three, you may have a minor arrhythmia called trigeminy. With this condition every third heart beat is ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Pleurisy?: Discomfort in the chest that worsens with a deep breath is called pleuritic pain or pleurisy. This is often due to some inflammation of the lining ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Heartburn or Heart?: Heartburn or acid reflux is usually a burning sensation in the middle of the chest which occurs after eating, especially spicy foods or maybe when yo... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Many types: A cardiomyopathy, or weakening of the heart muscle, can be caused by many different factors. These include coronary artery disease / heart attacks, dr... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Many different types: A normal heart beat is regular like a clock ticking. There are many different types of abnormal heart rhythms. The heart rhythm could be either too ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Possibly Heart: There are many reasons you might have chest pains - one possibility is a narrowed heart artery causing angina. This typically occurs with exertion an... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Trauma Took Kit: An excellent resource is the book : the trauma took kit, healing ptsd from the inside out. Traumatoolkit.Com this award-winning book provides a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
3 eggs / week = OK: Although egg yolks are high in cholesterol, an eating eggs may raise the LDL (or bad) cholesterol, it may also increase your HDL (good) cholesterol le... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Pacemaker: A holter monitor is a device you wear like an ECG that then records your heart beat for 24 hours or longer. If you had a pacemaker implanted previous... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Ignore: Heart attack pain can be anywhere from the ears to the belly button. It is not just chest pain.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Blood Pressure: The heart pumps blood through the arteries of the body to the muscles and various organs. Blood pressure refers to the pressure inside the arteries... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
No damage if brief: SVT or supraventricular tachycardia is an abnormally fast heart beat that originates from the upper chambers of the heart. If the rapid heart beats ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
CAD often = PAD: Calcium score of the coronary arteries indicates some degree of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. The CTA does not specifically look at t... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Holistic Approach: While you will certainly need the assistance of a qualified counselor or therapist, you can also learn more about your condition and utilize a holisti... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Check with your doc: Typically in patients with high blood pressure you would want to avoid ibuprofen/advil and try tylenol (acetaminophen) instead. If he is having a bad... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Check with your doc: Typically the aorta does not develop cysts. The aorta, or main blood vessel leading from the heart to the neck, arms and abdomen / legs can develop a... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Call your doctor: Inderal (propranolol) is used for many different medical conditions. It would be best to call your doctor, or the doctor who prescribed this medicati... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: The pain from a pinched nerve or any other pain in the body can cause your blood pressure to rise. When you experience pain, the body will increase t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
May not be safe: Raspberry ketone has never been scientifically studied in humans to determine if it causes side effects. However, there are some concerns about the sa... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Borderline Low: Some perfectly healthy people have blood pressure readings like you mention and feel normal. For other people these levels are low enough to causes d... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Check with your doc: A murmur is the sound of blood moving through a heart valve. This can be due to a valve that is leaking or narrowed/ stiff. Sometimes a murmur can o... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Not always: The most common heart serious heart diseases affecting adults (coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, etc.) typically develop in the 40s o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Difficult to tell: Some people with high blood pressure might have a headache or blurry vision. However, most people cannot feel or tell what their blood pressure is. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Check with your doc: If you have your aortic valve replaced with a tissue valve, some surgeons do not recommend warfarin at all, others may suggest you take a blood thinne... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Heart size: A regular chest x-ray can only show inexactly the size of the heart. It sounds like the cxr suggests the heart is enlarged. Sometimes this is accura... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably OK: Check with your cardiologist, as everyone's condition is different. However, if he is exercising in a cardiac rehab class and doing well with this an... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Heart : Heart rate variability - or heart rates that speed up and slow down with breathing- tends to be most prominent in people who are otherwise young and ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Small risk: You have a vsd or a small hole between the two ventricles or pumping chambers of the heart. Realistically there is no direct risks between smoking and... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
A : A cardiac catheterization is a procedure where a doctor inserts a long, thin, flexible tube or catheter into the body up to the heart. This is perfor... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
There : There are many reasons why you may be experiencing a pressure sensation in your chest. Heart symptoms from a plugged artery (or angina) typically occ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Banitt
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
First : First of all, it is normal to feel your heart pounding after you run up two flights of steps. Some people will feel this in their chest, others might... Read More

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Mar 17, 2013
Great responses, very precise.
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr Banitt provide very detailed information and care in a very compassionate manner. He was very attentive to my needs and questions.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Banitt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank you. This book helped me so much. I have PTSD and The Trauma Tool Kit helped me learn about myself and about my PTSD. Thank you for posting this. It truly changed my life.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This was not my post but I have severe anxiety also with concerns with my heart as well, and I appreciate the time you put in to answer
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I get to the doctors office at least once a year and they always listen to my heart.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Residency

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
Alpha Omega Alpha
US News Top Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Cardiology
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Pacific Heart Associates
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