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Dr. James Wilentz

Cardiology
New York, NY
46 years experience male

Locations

Gramercy Park Physicians - Mount Sinai Heart

New York, NY

Address

10, Union Square E, New York, NY, US
Directions

Fax

212-253-6100

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Medicare

Health First Health Plan, Inc

HIP Health Plans

About

Bio

Dr. Wilentz graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from NYU and did his Medicine and Cardiology training in Boston at the Brigham and Boston City-BU. He learned Interventional Cardiology from its founder, Andreas Gruentzig, as one of his first fellows in Atlanta, and studied carotid and peripheral vascular interventions with Dr. Max Amor in France. He now practices at Gramercy Park Physicians affiliated with Mount Sinai Heart in Union Square New York City.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

25 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
1 risk factor score: The national cholesterol education program suggests that having a significantly low (<40) HDL is equivalent to having a major risk factor like smoking... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Exercise, diet, calm: First thorough checkup to make sure BP is not in danger range requiring meds, that exercise is safe and that there is not an easily treatable cause. T... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
EP Test/workup: Rare to really have it. Rule out hormonal and other causes and deconditioning first. Thoughtful ep workup with monitoring and ep study including block... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
LAD: A robotic left internal mammary artery graft to the LAD has become a standard therapy in institutions with familiarity with the method. There is a sig... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Lipoproteins: Ldl or low-density lipoprotein in the blood is the major carrier of cholesterol into the arterial wall. Hdl or high-density lipoprotein is a "mop-up" ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
A principal symptom: Claudication, or the tensing up of the calf muscles during walking, is the main symptom of peripheral arterial disease. It is caused by blockages in t... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Individual tailoring: Many combinations available. You need to go through an iterative process of trial and error with various medications. For you, an ARB (angiotensin rec... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Coronary Angiogram: Ct angiography is excellent at screening for coronary blockages but does not give the same spatial resolution as a direct angiogram. That said, in man... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
No cure, many paths!: Cornerstone of therapy is prevention. Lower risks by smoking cessation, optimizing lipid profile with diet and meds (as needed), exercise of lower ext... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes, if needed: Total blockage may occur suddenly - this is what causes a heart attack. Then the goal of the procedure is to get the blocked artery open asap (<90min)... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Overall very good: Patients having bypass alone have a long-term survival in many studies that is not different than the general population. When aortic valve surgery is... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: If this is a sensitive troponin i or t then any result above 0.04 or 0.01 respectively should be viewed as indicative of myocardial cell leak or death... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes--may not need to: Coronary bypass is done these days using the mammary artery (from under the collarbone) to create a great size-matched bypass into the LAD (artery on ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Rare but assess risk: Your lipid levels are not favorable, and the tobacco use is really a must stop! need family history, and carotid sono to see if you are a plaque depos... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Meds/Stent/Surgery!: First determine severity and symptom status. If no symptoms then blockage must be 80% or more to need anatomic fixing. If symptoms like stroke or TIA ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Unlikely to be PAD!: Many people get cramps in their arches and toes especially at the end of a long day on their feet. These are generally benign and caused by tightening... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Half Life is 1.8h: Not much benefit from thrice weekly pravastatin. The usual adult dose is 40mg, so 10mg is a very low dose to start with. One could withdraw the drug a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Calfs hurt when walk: Peripheral artery disease causes blockages in the leg arteries that supply blood to the muscles used in walking. This causes the calfs to get tight an... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes- but preventable: Over time patients with diabetes are more likely to develop atherosclerotic blockages in any arterial bed (heart, legs, carotids). This can be prevent... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
May cause swelling: When the heart sac (pericardium) gets inflamed, it may scar and stick to the outside of the heart causing a "trapped" heart that can't expand to allow... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Good Question!: Sfa treatment is usually by bypass or interventions (atherectomy or angioplasty/stenting) for long total occlusions and re-blockages of previous stent... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Angina, cold airway?: Chest tightening on exertion, worse in the cold, is a classic presentation of angina pectoris which literally means a discomfort in the chest. It is... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Cardiac workup: You may not have had a heart attack but still could be having heart pains due to a severely constricted coronary artery. Would talk to your docs about... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
CT Angiogram: Ct angiography is excellent at screening for coronary blockages but does not give the same spatial resolution as a direct angiogram. That said, in man... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Diet, drugs, genes!: Eat less, shift intake to non-animal fats and proteins. Lose weight if overweight. Medical check to make sure thyroid is not low, etc. If high risk or... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wilentz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wilentz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Yeah I've tried beta blockers but give me worse symptoms than condition itself? How do they know if its sinus node or nervous system?
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
Completed 1979

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Fellow, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention
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