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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha

Thoracic Surgery
Lake Havasu City, AZ
40 years experience male

Locations

Havasu Cardiac Surgery

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Address

1741 Mesquite Avenue Suite A 200, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Directions

Fax

(928) 733-6021

Insurances accepted

AARP

Aetna

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

CareSource

Cigna

No Value

Humana

Medicaid

Medical Mutual of Ohio

Medicare

Molina Healthcare

SecureHorizons

Great Lakes Health Plan

About

Bio

http://www.havasucardiacsurgery.com Havasu Cardiac Surgery provides services in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery to the Lake Havasu community and beyond. We specialize in global revascularization (5-8 bypass grafts), small coronary arteries, diffuse disease, low ejection fraction, dialysis and over-weight patients requiring heart bypass surgery. A number of our patients are second opinion cases. We also provide services in lung and vascular surgery. At Havasu Cardiac Surgery our philosophy of care revolves around personalized care through 24/7 availability of the same surgical team which can be reached, day or night, at 9287336020

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.

Thoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Vascular Surgery

Languages spoken

English, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

158 Answers
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Punctured lung: Need a chest x ray to look for air in the chest cavity.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
ASD: Ostium secondum ASD with l-r shunt needs open heart surgery as soon as possible. The risk of closure is extremely low. Complcatios of ASD are too many... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Lung cancer: Depends on the stage, and nature of the cancer.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Chest pain. : It can be either. Must see a doctor right away to find out.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Heart attack : Blockage of coronary artery causes heart attack, and blockage of carotid artery causes stroke. There are many other possible causes.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Punctured lung: Labored breathing and pain are the main symptoms. Chest x-ray will detect air around the lung.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Coronary Syndrome.: Not until cleared by the cardiologist who treated the acs. It depends on whether the underlying disease has been corrected or not.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Blood pressure.: No one know how long. Clearly longer periods are more harmful.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Valve : Valve problems often cause congestive heart failure and fluid collectin in and around lungs. An echocardiogram will ususlly provide the answer. Fluid ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Itching in lung canc: Lung cancer can cause itching. I have not seen anyone presenting with itching on shoulder blades alone.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Aneurysm : Yes, one can suspect aneurysm from palpitation. However most people with pounding heart will not have aneurysm.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Stage3: Stage 3a and stage 3 b ate treated with chemo-radiation followed by possible surgery. 5 year survival for 3a is 25%. For 3b 5 year survival is 10%. O... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Lung cancer: Yes, indeed. Risk gets lower as you quit for longer periods.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Rash : Most likely fro the tape or dressing. Redness may be just normal healing or inception. It needs to be serially followed. The incision needs to be wash... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
MVP: Person with mvp should not use cocaine. Cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug even in people with normal heart.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
MV prolapse: Cardiac arrest is highly unlikely. More imortantly, you need serial follow up with echo to rule out progression of the disease. Surgery is indicated o... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Solitary nodule: Not necessarily. Any solitary nodule an be cancer and needs to be worked up.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Metastasis: Mesothelioma sarcoma may be a primary tumor of pleura. Metastatic cancer comes from other organs and spreads to lung and pleura.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Chest pain : A stress test is needed to rule out heart problems.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Chest pain : Chest pain after stopping the blood thinners must be immediately evaluated by a lung physician or surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Rib fracture: Third rib fracture at costo-transverse joint needs no treatment if it is asymptomatic. Most rib fractures do not need to be fixed.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Life expectancy: Totally unpredictable . Usually normal life expectancy after bypass surgery.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Rum and heart attack: No , it is not recommended. It can increase the chances of atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. Also it will increase the work load on the heart... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Mitral regurgitation: Prolapse prevent two leaflets from coming together during heart beat thereby causing leak. There is a trend for early surgical treatment provided the ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Numbness : Numbness may be local nerve related. It may also be a sign of stroke. A physical examination, possibly carotid ultrasound need to be performed to rule... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Cardiac Arrest: See a doctor. Ct scan and hagiography to rule out any major causes followed by reassurance from a physician.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Liver mass: No. Lung and liver nodules are common findings on ct scan. Depending on clinical setting no treatment may be indicated other than a follow up ct. In s... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
CAD: Stress tests can be falsely negative. If pain persists, coronary angiography must be performed to rule out coronary artery disease.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
How much cardio: There is no exact answer to this question. Reasonable amount without getting exhausted. The amount of exercise is variable for different people.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Chest pain : Pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism , pericarditis, chest wall tumor, neuralgia, esophageal problems. Etc.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Nausea: Extreme nausea in the setting of recent and old heart attack warrants a thorough and immediate checkup for the cause of nausea. If cardiac event is ru... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Early clogging: Use of antiplatlet agents and statin may help to increase graft patency. Early clogging can be from a number of causes. Surgeon and cardiologist shoul... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Smoking and COPD: Either one can develop first. Some people are genetically predisposed to emphysema.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Pain left arm: You may need stress test or coronary angiogram to rule out angina. This may be necessary if pain persists. Similar pain can arise from esophageal dise... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Medications: Not necessarily. Medications may be required to control the risk factors.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Ca Esophagus: Ca esophagus surgery is very involved. Usually there are life style changes after surgery. The rate of complications is very high.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Ca esophagus: Adeno ca and squamous cell ca.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Malaria: Complicated malaria can cause occlusion of small blood vessels due to parasite filled cells. This can cause cerebral malaria. Also pulmonary edema ( ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Sharp pain : Without knowing the location of the pain, it is hard to answer. Presuming that pain is located in chest, you need medical attention if pain is persist... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Drinking and lungs: Drinking does not affect the lungs. Drunk people can vomit, aspirate and develop pneumonia or even die from aspiration.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Chest pain : An ekg does not rule out coronary artery disease. Stress test may reveal coronary artery disease. If stress test is negative and you continue to have ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
MI : Aspirin, beta blockers, nitroglycerine. In some cases heparin. Must seek medical help.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Blood Clot: Blood clot in the brain can cause stroke.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Broken rib: Atleast 6 to 8 weeks. Pain may persist for 8-12 weeks. Pain control, coughing and deep breathing is encouraged to prevent pneumonia secondary to splin... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Cardiac arrest: Most importantly, we need to know why he had cardiac arrest. Prognosis depends on the cause and our ability to fix the cause. Does he have coronary ar... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Bronchitis: Most places have free clinic for uninsured. You may have to find the nearest place. It is not recommended to diagnose or treat without direct contact ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Heart surgery: No , people do not lose weight after surgery. You are able to lift 10-15 lbs after surgery. After 6 months to 1 years, you can lift heavy weights.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Heart attack : Stress tests needs to be repeated. Coronary angiography can rule out coronary disease if pain is persistent in left arm and jaw.

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Apr 14, 2013
One of the best cardiothoracic surgeons around! Very compassionate, technically-skilled, and well-trained.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kulshrestha is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kulshrestha is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! After reading your answer only we enquired doctor and get to know the seriousness of the situation.
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Thanks for your quick reply! No more pain-did a ccta -shortness of breath dr thinks is GI or stress
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks, that was a much needed n understanding answer

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Baystate Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Dayton, OH - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Dayton, OH - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Dayton, OH - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Portland OR
Baylor College of Medicine Houston TX
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