Dr. Sergio Schabelman

Cardiology
Kenner, LA
50 years experience male

About

Bio

I finished medical School at Buenos Aires National University (1973),and trained in Cardiology in Argentina and completed Fellowships at University of California, San Francisco (Echocardiography, 1977) and Loma Linda University (Invasive Cardiology, 1978-79). I moved to New Orleans, LA in 1979 to teach and practice at Louisiana State University and I have been in Private Practice since 1982. I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. I love to do medical seminars for the community as I believe that education in matters of medicine leads to healthier lifestyles that in turn, improve people's health and quality of life. I do photography as a serious hobby and I have more than 30 of my pictures published in medical journals (ie: NEJM )

Specialties
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Cardiology

Licenses

United States: California, Louisiana

Doctor Q&A

348 Answers
137 Agrees
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No: Do you have hypertension? If you do: take your medicines If you don't: do not measure your BP unless you feel symptoms and then discuss it with your d... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Cure is wrong word: as CHF can be controlled and compensated. Very few are "cured" if you remove the reason for the heart failure (and the patient gets "lucky") as in alc... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
YES: and so do Sleep apnea/ Stress/ anxiety/ coffee/ smoking/ being overweight and sedentary lifestyle as well as a diet high in sodium intake.
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A member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
NO: If "suphedrine" is pseudoephedrine, it is a cardiac stimulant and should be avoided, particularly in patients with HBP.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
See a doctor: If she truly had 174/134, she should see her doctor immediately. I said "IF" because most of the times, lay people do not know how to take BP correctl... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Yes.: The question you better ask is WHY? He/she may need plenty of help
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Dont worry: Extra beats, particularly atrial (supraventricular) in a 22 yo, are benign and most of the times asymptomatic. When you feel them, they are described ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No suggestions: I would let her worry and take responsibility for her own health. That is between her and her doctor.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Musculoskeletal: If Chest pain is associated with positions or movement, that points to musculo-skeletal pain, particularly in a 21 yo male. Try a short course of NSAI... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Similar: Although both medicines are beta blockers, inderal (propranolol) may work slightly better for anxiety than atenolol.. Beta blockers are weak anxiolyti... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Why was it stopped?: That is the first question. Are you sure the doctor did not mean for you to keep taking the medicine? Do you have refills? Second question for you: Ho... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Control panic attack: If the work up is negative, you KNOW the chest pain is NOT coming from the heart!! There are multiple other causes for chest pain but none will kill y... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Treat hypertension: If you have hypertension, either systolic or diastolic, be sure you follow a low sodium diet, exercise and be in ideal body weight. If you need medici... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Exercise increase CO: Exercise increases cardiac output as it usually increases both heart rate(hr) and stroke volume (sv) (amount of blood ejected by the heart in each be... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Should not: Unlikely that a heart attack will affect sodium or potassium measurably, but medications will, particularly diuretics and in the case of sodium: too m... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Radial vs apical: Radial is taken by counting pulsation at the wrist (radial artery). Apical is taken by listening to the apex of the heart in the chest wall. It may b... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Depends: It depends of the place of the hole (asd vs vsd), the size, the flow, if it needs or had surgery to correct it and if it is accompanied by any pulmon... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
NO: Nuclear stress test are done to evaluate coronary circulation/ blockages/CAD. As lagniappe they provide info re LV function. However, there are less e... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
81 to 325 mg: depending if other blood thinners are necessary and /or used
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
May be: Pulmonary congestion and cardiomegaly (if you truly have them) may represent signs of early heart failure but you do not say if you have shortness of ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Same as US: Depending on same variables as in US: rural vs urban academic vs community access to specialized centers and different specialties economic and educat... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
At least 6 months: or longer, ( and depending if there are any coagulation factors deficiency) sometimes forever. Discuss this with your MD
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Test it: Chest pain needs to be tested with stress test, unless CP is clearly not cardiac. Echo may not be enough. Once you rule out cardiac condition, you ne... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Maybe: Although the contrary is more the rule: the more you exercise and become fit, the lower your heart rate (and that is good) . If you have uncontrolled... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No shotcuts: Careful with any supplements, particularly creatine. You do not need them nor want them. Only way to increase muscle is through exercise.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Exercise: First treatment for blocked arteries in the legs is to be sure that you do not smoke and to have other DX like HBP or diabetes well controlled. Secon... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Cough: yes: Lisinopril is an ace inhibitor and all the medications in this class may cause a dry cough, particularly at night with a few patients (.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
BB not vasodilators: The medicines you mention act in three different ways and depending in what you are trying to achieve they can be used separately or together for a va... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
CRP is non specific: Not a very good test and probably not important as it is a non specific marker for inflammation. Do not panic. Caveat: CRP higher than 10 has a loose... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
As soon as you get : It is important to plan ahead and NOT run out of any medication. If you do, you need to take the medicines as soon as you get it.
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A member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No: Circumflex is seldom a reason for single bypass or redo. Also seventy % is borderline for angioplasty or stent unless other methods show it is flow li... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No: Angiograms are NOT done routinely post angioplasty or stents. Only symptoms and/or abnormal stress tests define need for angiograms
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Nothing?: You need to discuss chest pain with your pcp or cardiologist. Usually not a problem at your age. When you measure your cholesterol and tg you need to... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Sure: Amiodarone has a very long half life (lasts much longer than 24 hrs) and therefore you may switch to evening or late night without any concern for eff... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Not on the internet: If you have any questions, you should discuss with your pcp. It is dangerous for you to try to define the answer without professional help. If in dou... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Have it checked: Chest pain should be checked at any age, particularly after age 40. Do not procrastinate.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No: If your BP is high you should start with exercise /weight loss/low salt diet. If you have hbp get to be checked by your doctor. Do not self treat hb... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Follow instructions: You should ask that question to the surgical team that did the surgery. There are generalized answers but also there may be specific instructions dep... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Yes: If you have anxiety and stress, you are concentrating on the wrong thing when you measure HR or BP (barking up the wrong tree!). Concentrate and DEAL... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Out of shape: Most common reason for shortness of breath (if you do not smoke) is being out of shape. Your heart and lungs already checked ok and i assume you do no... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
The one that works:): Thiazide (HCTZ, Dyazide) are weak diuretics but a very good medicine to start treating Hypertension. When stronger diuretics are needed, the choice is... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
You will not die: But you need to discuss with the doctor who ordered the tilt table test what you should do next to find out why the test was abnormal and proceed acco... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Yes: Pacemakers are located more medial and more superficial than the rotator cuff. It would be very unlikely that will present any problem to the surgeon.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
None: No drug is similar to ntg but there are several ways of delivering it: sublingual (under the tongue in pills or spray), transdernally (through the ski... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Usually not: Muscle pain not likely to come from beta blockers (atenolol) or arbs (avapro). However, they are not uncommon with another frequently given medicatio... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Treat the anxiety: If your chest pain has been worked up for cardiac pain and all tests were ok, the natural conclusion is to work on your anxiety. You may not be able t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
You can: But the first prescribed medications in patients with Hypertension (and particularly if they are overweight or obese) is HCTZ, (hydrochlorothiazide) a... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Don't do it!!!: You are going to drive yourself nuts monitoring your heart. If you have had a consultation with a cardiologist and a minimal work up that is negative,... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
No: And probably "mild" dextroscoliosis (or "Mild" anything for that matter), should be surgically corrected. Find other ways to improve it.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 50 years experience
Not required: Defibrillation is only performed as an emergency when the heart has ventricular fibrillation. This can (rarely) happen on induction for anesthesia for... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Nov 29, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Schabelman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Schabelman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This is confirmation that I am doing the right things to manage my blood pressure. Meds, walking 5-8 miles a day, weight mgmt with Weight Watchers. Need to manage stress better!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! when is surgery needed? i have only 1 isolated papvr with mild rv enlargment normal rv function and normal pulmonary pressures
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have sever anxiety and once in a great while I have fast heartbeats up to 108 and the lowest dose of xanax helps me!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 1973MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Argentina
MD

Residency

Argerich Hospital, Buenos Aires
Completed 1977

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Louisiana - Fall
2014
Top Cardiologist , First Place, Louisiana - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Louisiana - Fall
2014

Affiliations

East jefferson general hospital
Ochsner medical center of kenner
River parishes hospital
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