U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Stanley Berger

Cardiology
Bala Cynwyd, PA
34 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a native of Philadelphia, PA and an avid believer that the personal connection with a doctor and the right amount of technology can be a wonderful benefit to those who need help with their health. For over 25 years, I have helped many people gain a new perspective of what it means to be healthy and I look forward to this opportunity to learn from you and share what I can to help you! As of March 2, 2015, I am no longer accepting in-office visits.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

248 Answers
52 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
1st Parents and Doc: More is known about Asperger Syndrome today and more people, including educators, are familiar with this challenge. I would always recommend speaking... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Brain --》Heart: This is fairly common and can be thought of as part of our fight - flight reflexes. There are nerve connections between the heart and the brain that ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes: Yes, PVCs may come and go, often unexpectedly. If isolated and not associated with symptoms, there are usually benign. They may also indicate some u... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Tinnitus: Hearing your heart beat in your ear, called tinnitus, is often benign however there are rare disorders that you should discuss with your doctor to det... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes: The pain from pericarditis can vary in intensity and be constant or intermittent.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Maybe: Are you short of breath? This is almost always present with pulmonary embolism. A d-dimer does not absolutely rule out a pulmonary embolism (PE) and... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Some Maneuvers: Bearing down like you are having a bowel movement is the typical maneuver for SVT. You can also try coughing, gagging, or holding your breath pinchi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Mainly in dogs: This has been reported mainly in dogs and cats. In humans, pre sinusoidal portal hypertension leads primarily to fibrosis. I would defer to my Gastr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Other symptoms?: If you are having only intermittent chest discomfort, not related to exertion, it may be musculoskeletal. Changes with your meal pattern may point to... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Heart check up: If you mean you are sleeping and each night you wake up with shortness of breath, e.g. making you sit on the side of the bed to feel better, you will ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Palpitations?: Do you feel extra beats or skipped beats? Or do you mean you're feeling squeezing sensations in your heart? At your age, either is usually benign an... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Yes: Anxiety can raise you blood pressure just as activity or stress may also raise it. Relaxation techniques may help!
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Specific measure?: The doppler M-mode may give information about structure, dimensions and motion. Is there a specific finding you want to discuss?
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Stay: Stay connected with friends and family. Read about a healthy diet and stick to a plan to eat well.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Musculoskeletal: Sounds atypical for heart disease especially if not related to exertion, breathing or other symptoms. If it is worsened with deep breaths, it could b... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Check with your doc: How is your diet and appetite? Veetids (penicillin vk) may cause upset stomach and if you haven't been eating well, this could cause lightheadedness ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Check with your doc: Your doctor usually will want to discuss these results with you at your appointment. If there is an urgent finding, your doctor will try to contact y... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
OK: Your blood pressure falls into a category noted as isolated diastolic hypertension. In the past, diastolic blood pressure was considered a greater ri... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Abdominal Disorder: For a 57 year-old with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. I might consider a heart attack. That is less likely at your age, yet your symp... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Wear: Wear a mask at night? Be sure to have a comfortable fit. Try different options to find what works.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Palpitations see Doc: If you have other symptoms like sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain with the extra heart beats, you should seek immediate attention... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
LVH: I believe you are referring to left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This is thickening of the left great chamber of the heart and one frequent cause i... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Alternatives: Prasugrel (Effient) and Ticagrelor (Brilinta) use have increased in recent years. There are differences in indications and dosing that you will need... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Ignore: High BP, high cholesterol, and smoking - key risk factors. 49% of Americans have one of these (CDC).
A female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends: In many cases, this is related to muscles or ligaments in the chest however depending on your age, other symptoms and risk factors for heart disease a... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Probably not heart: This is an unusual symptom for heart disease and in the absence of other symptoms I would see your primary doctor to rule out, for example, a skin dis... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
88 is normal: Unless I read wrong, the heart rate of 88 beats per minute is normal. Greater than 100 may be abnormal and only then if not explained by some trigger... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
May Adjust Rx: Nitroglycerin is a medication known for what's called "tachyphylaxis" which simply means the effect of the medication wears off over time. Usually, t... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Palpitations: Consider that some of your symptoms may also be PACs, extra beats from the upper chamber of the heart. If you notice these symptoms with meals, you ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Monitor, don't worry: Sounds like you're doing the right things! Be sure to pay attention to your diet. A history of hypertension in your family may also increase your ri... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
How did you feel?: How do you feel during these jogs? Your maximal predicted heart rate is 192 and the combination of being "out of shape", POTS and other factors might... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Interesting Med: Inspra (Eplerenone) is a medication used for hypertension but it is also effective in patients with heart failure after a heart attack. It is in a cla... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Take her to doctor: Headache may be the result of a variety of conditions but if her blood pressure is very high and headache persists, she needs medical attention. Cont... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Chicken or egg?: Could be, however in some cases reflux may trigger anxiety. See your doctor to be sure you get proper treatment.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Normal: 100-120 / 60-80 would be optimal as long as you have no symptoms.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Depends: Do you mean your heart rate goes "real high and real low"? An ablation is typically performed for an irregular heart rhythm that is not manageable wi... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Don't worry: Heart palpitations are often benign but evaluating them is typically straightforward. Check you diet to be sure your not taking a lot of caffeine (ch... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
No worry: Our heart rates usually slow down when we rest and increase with activity. If your heart rate is slow and you feel dizzy or ill, some intervention ma... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Mainly Bleeding: Anticoagulants, also know as blood thinners, can cause bleeding. A cut can bleed more than usual, a bruise can lead to swelling (hematoma) as blood c... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Sensible: Fruits and vegetables are good. Include fish and limit red meat. I know that in Rwanda, potato may be popular (french fries) however I would limit t... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Not if recent stent: I would be uncomfortable at this time relying on platelet aggregation testing to guide alternate day Clopidogrel (Plavix) therapy, especially if you h... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Often GI: This sounds like a gastrointestinal issue. This pain associated with shortness of breath, profuse sweating, dizziness, etc. would be concerning for a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Don't Ignore: While you are young and true indigestion is typically benign, the association of breathing discomfort with these symptoms is concerning for heart and/... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Monitor & Follow-Up: Mitral valve prolapse is quite common and often benign. Some people can have symptoms like brief chest pains or palpitations. In a small number of p... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Palpitation: As long as there are no other symptoms and it has resolved, this is benign problem. It is simply an early, extra heart beat that leads to additional ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Get check up: You may be having benign palpitations and, especially on waking, these might even be related to dreams you don't recall. Nevertheless, see you doctor... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Rarely: Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. If needed, your doctor may consider a trial off the Nexium (esomeprazole) then a rechallenge to see if it ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Not necessarily: You need confirmatory testing for this abnormal finding. A high grade blockage in a heart artery could cause this even if you have not had a heart at... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Effects on the heart: Anxiety can affect the heart and heart related problems can cause anxiety. For example, stress can cause palpitations, the feeling of skips, flutterin... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 34 years experience
Get a check-up: There are two terms doctors use often for shortness of breath in bed: "orthopnea" which is not being able to lie flat without feeling short of breath ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

5
Recommendations
245
Thank you notes
Aug 11, 2014
Dr. Berger demonstrates a wide knowledge base on all areas of cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. He is able to present his knowledge in a compassionate, good-humored manner. He should demonstra...Read More
Oct 26, 2014
Very accurate and timely responses.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Berger is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Sir. I just started taking medications last 2 weeks ago still I do not feel good. Thank you for your answer , I will ask my doctor for this
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I'm sorry I did not word my question right. I did not have a heart attack. I wondering what causes other young men my age to have them when it's rare
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you Doc. I just worry a lot. Do you think you can answer my other question if you have the time? its the one regarding eating a big meal.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1991

Awards

Golden Apple Award - Excellence in Teaching
Frederick Douglas Service Award - Princeton University
Top Cardiologist , First Place, Pennsylvania - Fall
2014
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less