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Dr. Robert Henson

Internal Medicine - Cardiology
Port Angeles
33 years experience male

Locations

Olympic Medical Center

Port Angeles

Address

Port Angeles
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Colorado

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113 Answers
51 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably: afib decreases cardiac output about 5%
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
It depends: upon what else is going on - what is your blood pressure, how slow is the pulse, does it ever go fast; do you have heart failure or sleep apnea. if ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Not used to treat: used to detect - several agents - sestimibi is one.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Maybe : It depends, if she is on blood pressure medicine that is probably lower than it needs to be, if she is on meds for congestive heart failure that might... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably: Enalapril is one of the meds we use to strengthen myocardium. Revascularization of blockages with stents and bypasses is another important part if it... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends on type: it depends upon the type of HF you have. sometimes there are reversible factors, sometimes the HF is due to damage to the heart. Heart Failure is a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
What is your risk: it depends upon your overall cardiac risk. if you have little in the way of risk factors, and are 46 years old, then you may not need Aspirin at all.... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Meds/limit salt: the fluid build up is due to the weakness of the heart and subsequent salt/fluid accumuliation. the meds your doctor gives you often strengthen the h... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
No: No dark stools can be from pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). the most dangerous thing causing black stools is internal bleeding - one should... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Secs to days: seconds to days, depends upon what is going on. technically the definition of palpitations is "awareness of the heart beat". often due to a "not nor... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Dr visit: interview with regard to consideration of evaluation for arrhythmia or angina/CAD. tests that might be ordered include ECG, stress testing, monitor... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Yup: smoking increases the risk of plaque rupture, whereby even a small bit of plaque in the artery cracks open and becomes a sudden blood clot in the arte... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
The most accurate: is a heart cath - invasive, costly, occasionally causes problems - can't do that on everyone. all other tests are not as good. your doc chooses the ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen): in order of preference - tylenol (acetaminophen) up to one gram 2-4 times a day(let your MD know); then consider ultram or mild narcotic; use ibuprofe... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Lifestyle changes: things you can do to change your future - exercise daily, maintain optimal weight; know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels - keep them good. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Routine: talk to you doctor about your specific situation, but in general exercise is good. do what you can, then stop and rest, then go again. if you get li... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Medical therapy: if one has a tendancy for vascular disease - coronary artery disease being one area we are concerned about - then we have a reasonable set of recommen... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
BB don't cause afib: not generally; i guess if you blocked the sinus rhythm so slow (20s or so) then you could end up with afib as an escape rhythm. generally at usually... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably not: probably not acute; chronic use of strong stimulants such as amphetamines can cause heart failure.
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
You want both: if you've had an AV node ablation, then you wouldn't have conduction from atria (top) to ventricle (bottom). you would want to pace the atria, then a... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends upon result: depends upon the result of the monitor, and whether you had symptoms during the monitoring period
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Bascially: radionucleide and nuclear refer to same imaging idea - inject an isotope and image where it goes. these tests are used to assess for coronary disease... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Afib/vfib: ventricular standstill and fine v-fib are functionally the same the ventricle is not contracting - vfib is a slight quivering which may or may not be ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Sleeping apnea: you may be breathing just fine when you are awake, but when you go into deep sleep you may not be breathing deeply enough to keep your oxygen to adequ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Salt is salt: salt may be deleterious if you have high blood pressure or are prone to fluid retention, otherwise salt has no particular effect on the heart. if you... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Uses of beta blocker: primary uses are for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or arrhythmias. sometimes they are useful for migraine headaches or tremors.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
No: unless there is a specific reason such as hypothyroidism, most therapies seek to attenuate symptoms
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Ignore: If you've had a heart attack, you're 32 times more likely to have sleep apnea than someone who hasnt.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Thromboxane: Aspirin also has an antiplatelet effect by inhibiting the production of thromboxane, which under normal circumstances binds platelet molecules togethe... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Water good!: Water is good for you. I don't know the reason behind that recommendation you speak of.
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor.: depression and anxiety can be very serious, treatment is quite helpful.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
I would: not well addressed in the guidelines, but there is some endothelial damage necessary for the ablation - which heals over time - prophylaxis for the th... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Ecg finding: long qt is an ECG finding, would see it on an ECG, or holter; sometimes situational such as exercise, and a treadmill ecg would pick it up. i don't ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Possibly: electrolyte abnormalities can increase the tendency for Afib
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
It can affect pulse: nortriptyline can affect the heart rhythm, if you are having unusual palpitations after beginning this, you should see your doctor and get an ECG.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Club/Supine bike: membership to an athletic club. a supine bicycle is often easy to use and good exercise.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Barnes-Jewish Hosp: Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University; Cleveland Clinic.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Assuming HTN treated: if you assume the hypertension is adequately treated, then exercise is good for you. cardiovascular, aerobic exercises; isotonic exercises.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends - ? severity: depends upon the severity, which ones, possible causes; often things need to be followed, your doctor should be able to give you good advice....
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Pictures: generally take baseline pictures of blood flow in the heart - (lying around for 20 mins), then some sort of stress - exercise or medicine; then post-... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Sure: any echo can look for indirect evidence of Pulm HTN such as right heart failure or high velocity tricuspid regurgitation. direct pressure measurement... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
See your doctor: this question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. you should see your doctor for evaluation. if this is an acute issue you might want ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Unlikely: But of course anything is possible. If the palps persist, check with your doc, it might be something else
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Henson
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: often "CHF" is due to a specific cause. sometimes it is genetic or viral and can arise without an obvious reason or precipitating event.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Henson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Henson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Apr 2, 2015
Dr. Henson saved my life! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower9
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Thanks for your quick reply! I've been through many heart tests, all is fine (:
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

PRESBYTERIAN/ST LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1992

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Cardiology
American College of Physicians
Society of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
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