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Dr. Brian Olshansky

Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
Mason City, IA
48 years experience male

Locations

Mercy Hospital Medical Center

Mason City, IA

Address

1000 4th St SW, Mason City, IA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Medicaid

Wellmark Inc

About

Bio

Brian Olshansky, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, a board certified clinical cardiac electrophysiologist, is Professor Emeritus at University of Iowa Hospitals and EP at Mercy in Mason City, Iowa. He graduated from Carleton College, completed his MD at University of Arizona, completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Bellevue/NYU Hospitals, Cardiology Fellowship training at University of Iowa, and Electrophysiology Fellowship training at University of Alabama, Birmingham. Following training, Dr. Olshansky has been a faculty member at the University of Alabama, Case Western Reserve University and Loyola University before returning to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He has directed Electrophysiology Laboratories and Training Programs at Loyola University Medical Center and

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Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Licenses

United States: Iowa

Doctor Q&A

41 Answers
1 Agree
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Very likely: It is not exactly clear to me what you mean that you are congested all the time. If the problem is that you are short of breath are weak fatigued diz... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Pleuritis: Likely, this is an inflammation of the lining of the lung. There could be other explanations but it is not clear what you mean 'while sick'. Other s... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
It could: There is a relationship between giving propofol and some specific adverse outcomes in those individuals who develop an acute Brugada syndrome pattern ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Could be concerning: The type of symptoms you are having are quite worrisone. Some people have such symptoms and when checked out are found to be OK but I cam concerned a... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Maybe a CT or MRI: The peoblem you mention suggest heart muscle damage which is very strange for a 19 year old. For an older person with risk factors for heart disease,... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Get a monitor: The first thing is to diagnose the cause of the palpitaitons and make sure there is nothing seriously wrong. A monitor will help with this.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Not normal.: This is very worrisome to me. Likely, you have a thyroid problem that is not been completely corrected. Please see your doctor to get the proper tes... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Why do that?: No reason to decrease your PR interval unless it is very very long and causing problems which would be quite rate. Leave your PR interval alone but s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
It can be slow: The blood pressure and pulse of a trained athlete can be lower and slower than normal. Some trained athletes have pulses below 40 beats/minute at res... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
How old are you?: Are you really a college student? At 48 years old? If you are and this is a problem with a partner and yourself there are tretments taht can help. ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Yes it is: A resting pulse of 64 is entirely normal and is assocaited with excellent longevity. For women there is a biphasic association of pulse and longevity... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Yes: The blood pressure is good. The pulse is rather fast. The oxygen level if acurrate is quite low. You probably have some condition already that you ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Absolutely: This is one of the risks of this type of device and infections can be nasty.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
An ongoing problem: GERD is not necessarily curable. It can come and go. Alcohol, caffeine can make it worse.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
GERD: While this could be GERD, this is somewhat of an unusual presentation for GERD and could be a sign of many other conditions. It may also be totally i... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Ignore: Withdraw in a positive, supportive environment. Avoid negative influences, substance abusers.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Ignore: Never give up Get enough sleep Keep a regular routine Avoid stimulant and depressant drugs.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Extra beats: You need a monitor to determine of you are having extra beats. They can feel like skipped beats. Many times, this is nothing to worry about.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Ignore: SVT can stop with a Valsalva maneuver Especially with the head down, foot up position.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
See your doctor: This is highly unusual. You should get checked out with an EKG and possibly a monitor.
A female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
More history is need: The problem you describe is quite complex and it is impossible with the history that you provide to know exactly what is going on and if the problem t... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Yes: Cholesterol is only one risk factor for having a myocardial infarction. It is certainly possible to have a myocardial infarction with having a relati... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Extended release: Toprol (metoprolol) XL Is an extended release drug which means that it is slowly absorbed over time and, therefore, the presence in your bloodstream d... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Ignore: Keep the salt down, keep active as possible, take your medications faithfully.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Likely noncardiac: It is actually impossible to tell if you have heart disease are not based on the information that you provide because it is not clear to me what 'came... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Concerning: Without having more information, it is hard to know what the problem is but it needs to be checked out with your doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
See your doctor: This could be potnetially seriouys as you have coarctation. You may need a reevaluation of your coarctation and a monitor.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Back to normal: After a pacemaker, you can do pretty much most things. It also depends if you have any other heart problems and how healthy you are otherwise.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
BP fluctuates: Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day depending on position, hydration, activity and time of day. You would not need to take any medication an... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
And your point is?: There is nothing to worry about. If your blood pressure exceeds 140 consistently, then possibly you have hypertension and this should be followed car... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Noncardiac pain: Likely this is a plural type pain that may be related to inflammation, infection or simply a passing pain of no significance.If it continues, you need... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Sounds concerning: You could have a serious problem with your heart but it is hard to know. You need to see your doctor locally and get checked out
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Yes: Most of the time adrenaline will increase your heart rate for a short time if you are surprised but it should go away gradually and go back to normal.... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Could be normal: The values you mention are not necsssarily a problem. You do need someone with expertise to look over the tracing however to make sure there are no o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Get a monitor: You need to have a diagnosis made. Please go to your doctor and get a heart monitor.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Get a monitor: If you are having palpiations a heart monitor will be helpful to determine the cause.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
See your doctor: Palpitations can be a rapid heart rate of no consequence or a potentially serious rhythm disturbance. It can be due to anxiety, extra heart beasts or... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Not sure what you me: Palpitations can be sustained or an extra beat with slight irregularity. It is not clear to me what you exactly have. It sounds as though you need s... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
How do you know?: Not sure how you know this. Did you take adrenaline? Stress can elevate adrenaline levels and cause palpitations
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Palpitations: Most likely this is nothing serious but you should check with your doctor. A monitor can help reconfirm the cause for this sensation
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Olshansky
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology 48 years experience
Unlikely the heart: If the feeling is between the breasts and on the surface of the skin, it is unlikely form the heart but if the feeling is something else, a cardiac mo... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Olshansky is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Olshansky is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you sir for your answer :) my pont was the bp high at night that lasts for hours but i think its just the big dinner meal i eat at night. Thank you again sir
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for ur answer, im seeing a cardiologist and neuro regarding!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your clear and detailed answer!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arizona College of Medicine, AZ
Graduated 1974MD

Residency

BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER
Completed 1981

Affiliations

University of Iowa
Profesor Emeritus
FACC
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