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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez

Pediatric Cardiology
Pembroke Pines, FL
21 years experience male

Locations

Office

Pembroke Pines, FL

Address

12295 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 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

Doctor Q&A

228 Answers
192 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Check with PCP: First off, stay away from cough suppressants (like codeine) at that age unless your pediatrician knows about it. Persistent cough in infants and young... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
RV size concerning: Make sure you're being evaluated by congenital heart disease specialists--despite your age, this is a pediatric cardiology problem. Rv enlargement sug... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends on degree: Mild or moderate changes in blood pressure will usually not produce any symptoms. However, more significant (or sudden) changes in BP may produce symp... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Chest wall: One of the main functions of the chest wall (and its bones, cartilage and muscles) is to protect the heart and other internal organs. That being said,... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Different types: There are different types of thalassemia of varying severities (e.g., Alpha and beta, major and minor). Generally they are genetic conditions which im... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Hard to tell but big: Every child is shaped differently, but 48 lbs would be very heavy for a 4 year old (>95th percentile for exactly 4 or ~90th percentile for 4 yr 11 ... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: You should get a tetanus booster (Td) every 10 years. If you haven't gotten a tetanus booster within the past 5 years, any significant dirty cut shoul... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Bad windows: People come in different shapes and may have poor echocardiographic windows: the ultrasound waves may not penetrate as well, making it difficult to ge... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Don't: This should go without saying, but meth is very bad for you. The extra strain on the heart would be better tolerated for a younger person or for someo... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Dose based on weight: In pediatrics, med dosing is usually based on weight. For a simple pneumonia, the Azithromycin dose for 25 kg child would be half the adult dose: 250 ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Generally unrelated : MVP is a valvular problem of varying severity. If there is no significant leakage, then pts often have no symptoms and need no treatment or restrictio... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Not contraindicated: There's no specific contraindication, but of course there are risks with any medication use. I would be more concerned about use of sympathomimetics (... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
STD risk: No medication is without side effects, but a single course of Plan B is generally well-tolerated without lingering effects. Unprotected sex has other ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Not long: Assuming you haven't damaged your kidneys (which would be unlikely at your age), there should be no lingering damage from not drinking enough water. B... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: With the transition to life outside the womb, one of the biggest changes is initiation of breathing. Babies will often cry some as they start breathin... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably not: If this is a new finding or represents a significant change, it might be concerning, but it usually would produce symptoms in that case. Lower blood p... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Should resolve: Mild tracheomalacia should resolve in time. If your pediatrician is not worried after having evaluated your daughter, i would not be concerned either... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends on puberty: The timing when growth stops depends on the timing of puberty. Generally, a girl may stop growing about 2 to 3 years after the onset of puberty. So gi... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Mild increased risk: There is radiation exposure--> 1 reason to only get a ct scan if truly necessary. A typical scan may yield ~3x typical annual radiation exposure fo... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Generally safe: We have to watch out for an allergic reaction with any medication, and most antibiotics can cause diarrhea because they also tend to kill the "good" b... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Need more info: Sinus brady=normal rhythm but slow. In a healthy young person with no symptoms, that's generally not concerning-->usually a sign of good fitness. P... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
No difference: Those are basically all synonyms.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Prob musculoskeletal: At your age, musculoskeletal chest pain is relatively common. It typically manifests as a sharp non-radiating chest pain, occurring at rest with no ap... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Unlikely -- possible: It's possible to react to a hydrolyzed formula, but Neocate is specially formulated to be hypoallergenic, and there are certainly many different types... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Talk to your PCP: Visit your OB or midwife. They can arrange for an ultrasound to assess the status of the pregnancy. I'm sorry to say it, but even if everything was fi... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
No worries w/Aciphex: There appear to be some interactions between your current meds: the Inderal may reduce the fish oil effect, and the Klonopin and Remeron combination m... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Until after sxs end: Generally anyone with lung or throat disease from TB will be infectious. The goal of medical treatment is to eliminate the mycobacterium in the body. ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends on severity: Largely depends on how bad the bite was--did it break the skin? If not, then a little bit of local care should be sufficient. An open wound would need... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Cerebral perfusion : Beta blockers lower blood pressure, which is usually beneficial. However, if there is any problem with the blood flow to the brain, such as significan... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Not directly: Transposition should have no real effect on the fetal circulation and should not affect fetal growth. However, large babies are more likely in the set... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Limit exposure: Close contact & active TB suggests high risk for transmission, but if your brother is taking his meds, your risk of becoming infected should improve o... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Unlikely: If we can hear the murmur with a stethoscope, then an echo probe will usually be able to show the blood crossing the vsd, even if the 2-d imaging does... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Unclear: Gb ef is not the only factor in determining if the gb should be removed, so more info is needed. An ASD & atrial septal aneurysm should not greatly in... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Usually, not always: There are usually ekg findings in pericarditis, which generally vary over time: 1- initially, there may be diffuse st segment elevation, often with p... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Very concerning: Elbw preemies take time to catch up with other children, and we correct their age for their prematurity when checking their growth the first 3 years. ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Unlikely, need info: Not typical concern for long-term stimulant use, if you (1) use lowest effective dose for shortest time necessary & (2) avoid add'l unnecessary stimul... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Hard to say: Palpitations are common in pregnancy, but it sounds like, with your history, you have other possible reasons for palpitations. You should discuss this... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Echo more reliable: With a history of high blood pressure, you are definitely at risk of developing left ventricular hypertrophy over time. Both an ECG and an echo may sc... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Unlikely: Valvular heart disease is a "plumbing" problem while arrhythmias and pacemakers are more electrical issues. Of course, there is some overlap, but gene... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
May need support: Generally, the acute management of an Aspirin od would be over by them, but severe cases with respiratory depression, persistent metabolic disturbance... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Possibly: Stress & anxiety--in general & in association with hormonal changes--can produce those symptoms. It's usually most helpful to get a rhythm tracing dur... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Generally shouldn't : Caution is advised if there is already qt prolongation (abnormally slow electrical "resetting" of the heart between beats), because of a risk of furth... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Possibly: If your short stature is related to delayed puberty, and your growth plates have not fused yet, then hormonal therapy with hgh might be helpful. If yo... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: The initial presentation of endocarditis varies widely from patient to patient, but fever and chills are generally the most common symptoms.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Not typically: As with many meds, topiramate has a very long list of potential side effects, both common & rare, including anxiety, nervousness & dizziness. However,... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Major defect: Limited options & generally fatal in 1st month w/o surgery. First must check for associated conditions: genetic, neurological, other conditions mi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
May depend on cause: Hard question to answer briefly as encephalitis is a general term referring to very serious infxn of the central nervous system by any of a broad rang... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: Addison's disease is quite rare, thought to affect about 40-60 per million people, or 0.004% to 0.006% of the general population.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Adrenal failure: Destruction or dysfunction of the adrenal cortex (from a variety of causes) leading to inadequate cortisol production. May be life-threatening as cort... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
In general, nothing: Hgh tx does not involve the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, & should not produce adrenal suppression or increased risk for an adrenal crisis. The... 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
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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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