Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez

Pediatric Cardiology
Pembroke Pines, FL
22 years experience male

Locations

Office

Pembroke Pines, FL

Address

12295 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Fax

(954) 447-7505

About

Bio

A south Florida native, Dr. Pearson-Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then returned to south Florida, where he trained in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Pearson-Martinez remains committed to education as a clinical professor at both the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. He is active in various community organizations. Dr. Pearson-Martinez has a special interest in fetal echocardiography and pediatric arrhythmias. The proud father of four, Dr. Pearson-Martinez enjoys music, reading and spending time with his family.

Specialties
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Pediatric Cardiology

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228 Answers
192 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Fast versus slow: Bradycardia & tachycardia just mean slow & fast heart rate, respectively. Each does not necessarily indicate a problem and can be normal & appropriate... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Weak versus stiff: Congestive heart failure is a general term referring to when the heart is no longer available to pump blood effectively enough to support the needs of... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Grading severity: The form of heart failure can be divided into systolic (reduced "squeeze") and diastolic (impaired relaxation between beats. There is a classificati... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Probable for surgery: A vsd that size may cause lv overload, which would need anticongestive meds & might need surgery-->lv enlargement would be unsurprising. We will of... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: In very small infants, the ductus will be ligated (pinched closed with a surgical clip). Most risk comes from the anesthesia and partially collapsing ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Usually not if no sx: One sign of good cardiovascular fitness is a low resting heart rate. A low hr that does not increase with exercise might present with dizziness with e... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Nonspecific term: Simply refers to an irregular heart rhythm. That can even include a sinus arrhythmia, which is simply a pronounced variation in the heart rate with br... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Internal vs external: Both terms refer to the diameter of the left ventricle at the end of diastole (right as the chamber finishes filling). Lvidd refers to the internal di... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends on severity: If severe, mitral stenosis can cause pulmonary edema or fluid buildup in the lung tissue and air spaces as a result of increasing left atrial pressure... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Diet and exercise: 1) healthy diet, emphasizing fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains & lean meats, while limiting saturated fats & cholesterol 2) regular aerobic ex... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Vinegar ok for hi BP: Someone with high blood pressure should be able to eat food containing distilled vinegar, although moderation is important in all things. Distilled vi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Very unlikely: Clogged arteries could theoretically develop in adolescence, although this would be highly unlikely as this process generally takes decades to develop... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Clarify: I'm not sure i understand your question. If you mean not driving a car, the concern would be that you might lose consciousness while driving. People... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Need more info: An ECG or a holter study may show whether you have pvcs. Isolated pvcs are not necessarily concerning if the heart is otherwise healthy. These are usu... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: In general, the most important thing is steady and consistent growth. The ideal weight for your baby at 10 months depends on his/her weight at 9 month... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Two main forms: Classic form (d-TGA) results in severe cyanosis (blue baby). The pulmonary artery arises from the left ventricle and the aorta arises from the right v... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Essentially: Technically an lv to RA shunt would also generate a holosystolic murmur. In some ways this could be considered a combination of a vsd and tr, although... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Need more info: Would help to know what triggers the pain, what makes it better or worse once it starts (like breathing, coughing, movement or pressing on it), how lo... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Not generally: Unfolding of the aorta is a finding on chest x-ray, typically appearing in older patients, which generally does not produce symptoms or require any tr... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Cardiac asthma: Rheumatic heart disease is a post infectious complication of a strep infection and is unrelated to asthma, a lung disease characterized by hyper-react... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: Each choice has benefits & risks. Tylenol (acetaminophen) in appropriate doses is very safe for pain relief, but has no anti-inflammatory effect & can... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Post-inflammatory hypo- or hyper pigmentation is a very common skin reaction, following just about any irritating condition. It should eventually fade... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Unlikely: That's a normal temperature. However, a viral infection ("stomach bug") will often produce fever. Fluids are definitely the most important treatment n... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Area of inflammation: Pericarditis refers to inflammation of the pericardium, the lining around the heart. Pleurisy refers to inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Not normal: That would definitely be very elevated, although it's hard to know if your hr is really that high persistently without use of a monitor (e.g., a holte... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
No: A patent foramen ovale (probe-patent or otherwise) should be clinically silent, with no signs or symptoms. Present in about 10% of the general populat... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Very similar: Both connect svc (large vein bringing blood back to heart from upper body) to pulmonary arteries to provide blood flow to lungs. In the glenn, svc is ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Could be either: Correct answer will depend on your history, exposures and physical exam, but either answer (i.e., allergies or an upper respiratory infection) sounds ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Ignore: Family support groups can be tremendously healing ; therapeutic. They know what you're going through.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Not typical: The classic VSD physical finding is of course a holosystolic murmur. However, if the VSD is subarterial or supracristal, it can distort the aortic val... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Shouldn't be: Outside of a short period late in gestation, the left heart should always be bigger than the right. Any deviation from that is considered abnormal and... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Could be: Not certain. Obviously there are many potential causes of cramping abdominal pain, but with your history you have to consider the possibility of anoth... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Hard to say: Could be a premature atrial contraction (a PAC), or possibly a normal sinus beat in a sinus arrhythmia (a somewhat variable heart beat in an otherwise... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Heart rate?: I assume you're referring to a heart rate. In that case, a heart rate of 77 to 84 would be quite normal, although we'd prefer a lower heart rate, whic... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Too vague: Congenital heart disease is an incredibly broad term, encompassing critical life-threatening & debilitating conditions as well as transient defect... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
In general yes, but: Sometimes, cardiac enlargement can reflect heart failure. In other cases, cardiomyopathy may develop, where the chambers may enlarge because of illnes... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Could be related: MVP & mild MR usually don't produce any symptoms. However, MVP can sometimes cause palpitations or chest pain. You should see your MD for an evalu... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Generally right away: Because of the large pressure difference between the ventricles, there is very little risk of a "paradoxical embolus" or of clots or air going the wro... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Cath still standard: Much info can be obtained from advanced imaging like cardiac MRI & ct angiography. Yet cardiac cath remains the standard of care for a pre-fontan eval... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Histamine antagonist: No, ranitidine is a histamine antagonist -- it works by selectively blocking the histamine H2 receptor to lower stomach acid content. Similar end-effe... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Supportive care : Colds are caused by viruses, so tx is supportive care & watching for response. Fluids are key: may have poor appetite, but they must drink plenty of f... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Can't or won't?: Babies don't have to poop every day. Some will poop with every feeding, whereas some breastfed babies may only poop every few days. As long as the sto... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Yes. Those medications do not interact, so they generally may be taken safely together.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: Cardiomegaly isn't a diagnosis. It can be caused by a broad range of things, like birth defects, problems with transition from the fetal circulation, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
In some ways: The 2nd half would be typical for pots, but it doesn't really explain initial palpitations. Any tachycardia that compromises cardiac output (e.g., svt... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Varies: The intensity of the murnur can vary depending on various patient factors, including the precise location of the defect in the wall, the size of the p... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Hard to say: Some studies have quoted mortality from neuroinvasive cases of wnv ~5%, but this must be a huge overestimate. Maybe 3 in 1000 of all cases are severe ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Many possible causes: Endocarditis may result after any episode of bacteremia (when bacteria get into the blood). Classically, "dirty procedures" like dental cleanings or i... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Common but brief: That is a typical response to such changes in position, as rising to stand may lead to increased pooling of blood in the legs, lowering the return of ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Exclude other reason: A murmur is just an extra sound heard when listening to the heart. Sometimes a murmur may be caused by a structural heart problem, such as a septal de... Read More
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Aug 8, 2013
Love the answers he has given! Keep up the great job!
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Jan 26, 2014
Thank you very much for you answer. I consider this sort of information to be quite important.
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Mar 30, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

University of Miami, Jackson Health System

Residency

University of Miami, Jackson Health System

Awards

Top Pediatric Cardiologist, First Place, National - Summer
2013
Top Pediatric Cardiologist, Third Place, National - Spring
2014
Top Pediatric Cardiologist, First Place, Florida - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology

Publications

Fetal echocardiography - presentation
Pediatric hypertension
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