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Dr. Sumit Kalra

Cardiology
Fayetteville, NC
22 years experience

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Cardiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

40 Answers
15 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Depends: Slow heart rate should be taken in context of how slow, associated symptoms, and any other abnormalities on ekg etc. Xanax (alprazolam) should not cau... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Depends : It depends upon if you have any other risk factors like diabetes or blood pressure etc.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
BP: The blood pressure is high and may be causing the headaches. You should see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment of blood pressure.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
BP: This is normal blood pressure. No worries, especially if no symptoms like dizziness or weakness.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
BP: Yes, you can certainly reduce your risk by having a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, watch what you eat, absolutely don't smoke , get regular ch... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes, possible: If these symptoms are persistent, then an echocardiogram of the heart would be reasonable to further evaluate.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Within a few days: It starts working within hours but the effects are best noted on blood work after a few weeks at least.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Possibly: Depends if the cardiologist has an ekg from before available and if more information is needed at the time.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes: Treatment depends upon the findings of heart catheterization. If its not treatable with revascularization, then medical therapy or sometimes device th... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Abnormal EKG : An abnormality on ekg may be a sign of underlying heart disease. It's a good idea to be evaluated.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
No: It should be performed to the maximum attainable functional capacity.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
No: First you are too young and heart artery blockage is rare in young age, though not impossible. Some people can have congenital heart artery problems w... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Regular : The regular blood pressure machine will measure the diastolic pressure. The lower number on the reading represents it.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Stress test : If the stress test was positive , you should see a cardiologist for further evaluation and treatment options . Depending upon the symptoms and risk st... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Tachycardia : This may be sign of abnormal heart rhythm. You should see a doctor for further evaluation. Probably a heart monitor, ekg and echo would be needed.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
No: Ekg gives different information than stress test . Generally speaking you will not need an ekg everytime you go to doctor's office. If your stress tes... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Regurgitation: No, these are very common findings on echo. By themselves these are harmless. Your doctor should be able to tell if there was any other findings of an... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Cardiomyopathy can have some signs on ekg . Since there are so many causes of cardiomyopathy the ekg changes have a wide range. Some can help in diagn... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Stress test : They are two different medications and have different cardiac effects for the purpose of stress test . While Dobutamine increases the heart rate and s... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Not typically : It depends upon the presenting symptoms. These tests provide complimentary information but are not necessarily sequential. While some patients need on... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Depends: It depends upon various factors like what caused the heart failure , is the underlying cause correctable, medications, age, other organ functions.. Mo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes: A lot of people have innocent murmurs detected on exam or echo. If you have no symptoms, no specific treatment may be needed for these.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Low potassium: It depends how low is the potassium. Fruits and tomatoes are rich in potassium and they can help. If its very low, then prescription supplements can b... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Possibly yes: Lbbb is unusual at your age. Cardiomyopathy can be evaluated with an echocardiogram and physical examination by your cardiologist.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Depends: If the plaque occludes the artery then the blood pressure inside the artery will drop.. If it just stiffens the artery without affecting blood flow, t... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Cholesterol : She should continue to take it as prescribed. The liver functions should be checked regularly. If she has any muscle weakness she should consult with... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Not helpful test: Bnp is a supplemental test. By itself it cannot tell how bad or good the condition of a patient is. That assessment is more of a clinical assessment w... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Arrhythmia : It depends what they found on ekg. Arrhythmia can be very variable. Depending upon what kind of arrhythmia, you may need nothing or further treatment.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes: For most people these are harmless.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
No it doesn't : No it doesn't.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes: Yes it may be a sign of abnormality of heart rhythm. You should consult with your doctor for further evaluation.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Various things: Basically it means that one of the wires in your heart doesn't conduct electricity, but this is not dangerous. The other wires take over the function.... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Lipitor (atorvastatin): No it's not a serious problem. But next time try to be regular.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Symptoms : If you have symptoms of heart disease or a strong family history of heart disease, it may be advisable to have evaluation.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Variable: It depends upon the reason for poor circulation. Is it because if heart function abnormality or valvular problems or blocked arteries?
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Yes: All cardiologists are trained in reading echocardiograms. Board certification does add on to that training but is not required to read echocardiogram.... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Maybe normal: Normally heart rate goes up mildly on standing .. If it is going up too much, it might need further evaluation, especially if associated with symptoms... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Stress test : This is a chemical stress test. You will be given a medication and then pet scan of your heart will be done to evaluate the blood flow in different pa... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sumit Kalra
22 years experience
Tachycardia: The ekg is the best way to diagnose atrial fibrillation. If your cardiologist has diagnosed it as sinus tachycardia, then it's not atrial fibrillation... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kalra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kalra is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Today is day #5 since moving from BB to ACE. Toprol-ugh. Bye!
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thank you I feel better knowing that the reading is normal
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Himachal Pradesh University, Indira Gandhi Medical College, India
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

East Tennessee state university

Awards

Thought Leader, Third Place, Raleigh, NC - Winter
2013
Top Cardiologist , First Place, North Carolina - Winter
2013
Top Cardiologist , Second Place, North Carolina - Summer
2013
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