Dr. Sameer Azhak

Cardiology
Wayne, NJ
21 years experience male

Locations

Advanced Cardiology Practice

Wayne, NJ

Address

246, Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 12pm - 7:00pm
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Fax

9738071838

About

Bio

I have been practicing medicine for the past 14 years. I am board certified in Cardio-Vascular medicine and Internal medicine. I treat patients will all types of heart disease and focus on nutritional and preventive medicine. My expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of various heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, abnormal heart rhythms and valvular heart disease. I routinely perform EKG's, stress tests, echo-cardiograms and cardiac catheterization procedures. Most importantly however, I am trained as a nutritionist as well as in herbal therapies. This allows me to cover a broad range of treatments including dietary counseling, evidence based herbal therapies, as well as state of the art prescription medications.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Languages spoken

Arabic

Doctor Q&A

90 Answers
83 Agrees
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
The latter: The latter explanation could not have been worded better in my opinion.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Cure: Cure nighttime cravings: eat a big breakfast and fast 12 hrs overnight. Do this for 14-21 days.
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
No and yes: Atenolol does not cross the blood brain barrier. Is one of the most hydrophilic beta blockers along with sotalol and nadolol. Bystolic (nebivolol) is ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Unlikely: Diastolic dysfunction refers to stiffening of the heart, does not relax properly. Measuring this however is very complicated and the tests for it by ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Consult your cardio: long-term Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) use can be associated with heart disease and complications. If you are taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), have a... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Low potassium: Prominent u waves can indicate a number of things: low potassium. High calcium, long qt syndrome, drug exposure to digoxin, or an over active thyroid... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Pre-excitation: Some patients maybe born with a bypass tract or accessory tract. An extra pathway for electricity in the heart that might make one susceptible to abno... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes you are: A recent study spanning 25years showed young adults with elevated non hdl cholesterol (apo b) which includes ldl as well as other particles vldl, idl,... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Normal: Your vital sign values are in the normal range. Most importantly however is if you have any symptoms or complaints you are concerned about, normal vi... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
No: If you are at increased risk for sudden death compared to the general population, then you would need an implantable defibrillator in your chest. Not... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Pulsatile tinnitus: Many things can cause this. Elevated blood pressure, plaque build up in the carotid arteries, muscular spasms of the muscles of the middle ear cavity... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Potassium shift: the concentration of electrolytes in the body and blood stream are very complex. The body strives to maintain normal concentrations of potassium, aci... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Take: Take 2 baby aspirin and an apple 30-60 minutes prior to taking niacin to prevent flushing.
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
20points above: Cuff should inflate to 20pts above systolic number. As a safe bet inflate to 200mmhg. Other option is if you know how to check radial pulse then infl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends: Maximum daily dose of lisinopril is 80mg in a 24hr period. If one is normally on 40mg daily as determined by prescribing doctor, a higher than prescri... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
No: Assuming that was the only abnormality on your echo then there should be no problems heart wise with having a baby.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Anxiety? Asthma?: To name a few. It seems relatively safe to say heart disease has been ruled out for the most part. Given you have had a battery of cardiac tests whic... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
No: Qtc of 440 is in the normal range and unrelated to her symptoms. Tachycardia with borderline high potassium however raises a few possibilities includi... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Kitchen then gym: Weight loss efforts begin in the kitchen and are maintained in the gym. Focus on increasing vegetables and fruits and lean protein and decrease oils/... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: Yes. Most arrhythmias that are due to anxiety- adrenaline based, ( apcs, pvcs, svt) can be treated with stress management, meditation, exercise, adequ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Plaque and clot: atherosclerosis has been renamed atherothrombosis: plaque and clot formation. Statins lower cholesterol to slow plaque formation. Antiplatelet agents ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Absolutely: There is a well know interaction between plavix and proton pump inhibitors. Plavix is a prodrug(inactive) and is activated in the liver. This proces... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Get a CT scan : Possibilities: CHONDROSARCOMA, OSTEOSARCOMA, PECTUS DEFORIMITY, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, OSTEOMYELITIS, ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS. Do not wait. See someon... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
24-48 hours: The listed half life is 4 hours. That means after 4 hours 50%is gone. After 6 half lives (24 hours) over 96% is gone from your system. However, side ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Possibly: You maybe at increased risk of stroke. Patients who develop strokes of unknown cause (cryptogenic) have a high probability of having a pfo/aneurysm. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Get to er: Leg pains accompanied by shortness of breath is a pulmonary embolism until proven otherwise. Typically preceeded by a clot in the leg. Redness and s... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Small intestine: Lipids are digested in the small intestine and absorbed with the assistance of bile which acts as an emulsifier, pancreas secretes lipase to breakdown... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Need multiple meds: Treatment of POTS is not as simple prescribing a beta blocker. There are inherent problems with maintaining adequate circulation despite changes in po... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Unstable angina is defined as new or worsening chest pain at rest or with exertion/emotional stress. There is no test to detect unstable angina. If ... Read More
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A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Pulse and bp vs bp: In simplest terms...Metoprolol lowers blood pressure and heart rate by counteracting effects of adrenaline. Amlodipine lower bp without affecting hear... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Picture says a lot: I would need to compare the 2013 and 2015 images to answer better. But there is a threshold at which point a valve is considered thickened and in the... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Depends: Depends on what type of arrhythmia you have. Propranolol 10mg is short acting. Needs to be taken 3x/day. You may be experiencing symptoms when it wear... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
False statement: Olive oil does not lower LDL. Olive oil raises ldl less so compared to other fats. Although there is some saturated fat in olive oil the major compon... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Bipolar leads: The limb leads are bipolar leads. Lead I is bipolar using left arm and right arm, it is not based on a single limb lead but more like and arrow with a... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes: All of the above listed symptoms may occur. Including tenderness with palpation of the rib. Depending on he area involved pain usually occurs due to ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Forks over knives: Complete vegan diets as described in a book/ video "forks over knives" shows the best dietary practices to reverse blockages in general. Study perform... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Physical examination: And a chest xray will aid in making this diagnosis. Characteristic exam findings can be found but only with a doctor putting hands on the patient as ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Asa: An atrial septal aneurysm may put one at increased risk for stroke. Small "probe patent" pfo is very common. Up to 30% of pts at autopsy have it. Ho... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Consult Cardiologist: I agree with Dr. Gordon, flash pulmonary edema can be due to leaky mitral valve or coronary artery blockage of the left main coronary artery or a bran... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Consider 60mg: Would consider long acting propranolol at 60mg a day. Will have medication in your system all day but with a lower dose overall. You may also suppleme... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Probably not: Anafranil (clomipramine) does carry cardiac risk. It can prolong the QT interval putting one at risk of dangerous heart rhythms. A recent heart attac... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Balance is key: While peanuts will not raise LDL cholesterol, they are high in omega 6 fatty acids which can increase inflammation. A driver of cardiovascular disease... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Chronic pancreatitis: You may have chronic pancreatitis with pancreatic insufficiency and poor absorption. Consultation with a gastroenterologist can investigate this furth... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Cardiac workup: Chest pain accompanied by nausea and belching may represent heart disease. A normal resting ekg however is not sufficient to exclude heart disease. An... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
No: My first choice would be a statin combined with 4000mg of fish oil and 1 cup of pureed red grapes daily. Should raise the HDL significantly and is muc... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Gluten free diet: Suggest a gluten free diet to cure keratosis pilaris symptoms
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Mixed results: Studies of standard hibiscus extract have yielded mixed results. The polyphenolic compunds and flavinoids have been shown to lower her lipids and ... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Possibly: Celebrex (celecoxib) can raise bp by causing sodium retention in the kidney and increase chance of heart attacks by increasing platelet reactivity. If... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Stop the botox: Sounds like you are having classic side effects to botox. The shortness of breath however can signify a dangerous complication whereby the botox can... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 21 years experience
Change diet: Despite maintaining a normal bmi and normal sugar, your lipid profile suggests you are at increased risk for heart disease and cardiovascular events. ... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Dec 17, 2015
When I first met Dr.Azhak I was immediately put at ease. He was ease to talk with and was willing to listen to some overall concerns that I had regarding my existing medications.
HealthTap member
Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
HealthTap member
Dec 17, 2015
Great answers from Dr. Azhak. i highly recommend.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I do not have hypertension though. Being investigated for hyperthyroidism. Also have high ASO. I appreciate you answering my question!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr cardiologist called it impaired or reduced any idea why thanks alot Dr. Sameer.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Plateaued couple months. 5'2-152lbs possibly I take in too many carbs.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

SAINT MICHAEL'S MEDICAL CENTER, INC
Completed 2005

Awards

Patients Choice Award 2008-2011
2011 Compassionate Doctor Award
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, New Jersey - Winter
2015

Affiliations

AMERICAN COLLEGE CARDIOLOGY
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Physicians Committe of Responsible Medicine
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