Dr. Ilyas Colombowala

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Kalispell, MT
21 years experience male

Locations

Houston Electrophysiology Associates

Houston, TX

Address

12121, Richmond Ave, Houston, TX, US
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Cigna

Aetna

Medicare

Great-West Healthcare

Humana Insurance Company

Texas Heart Institute

Houston, TX

Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung

Kalispell, MT

About

Bio

Originally from Houston, Dr. Colombowala attended Dartmouth College. After graduation from Baylor College of Medicine in 2002, he completed his internship, residency, and Cardiology fellowship at Baylor. While in medical school he earned certification in medical ethics. He completed additional training in Electrophysiology at the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute, where following completion of his fellowship, he remained on staff in clinical practice, also engaging in research and teaching. In 2011, Dr. Colombowala accepted a position to start the first arrhythmia program in Northwest Montana. The program grew into one of the highest volume centers in the Northwest US, and it became a care destination for regional and international patients. Dr. Colombowala has been involved in multiple large clinical trials. He lectures nationally on topics ranging from stroke and sudden death prevention to long-term heart rhythm monitoring. Dr. Colombowala returned home to Houston in 2015 in order to be closer to family and friends. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Colombowala treats heart rhythm disorders. He implants pacemakers, defibrillators, heart-failure therapy devices, and cardiac rhythm monitors. In addition to treating arrhythmias with medications, he specializes in catheter-based ablation procedures for heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Gujarati. Away from the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Elizabeth and their two boys. They enjoy travel, hiking, fly fishing, and skiing. Be sure to follow Dr. Colombowala on Twitter at @RhythmMD.

Specialties
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Cardiac Electrophysiology

Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Montana, Texas

Languages spoken

English, Gujarati

Doctor Q&A

28 Answers
6 Agrees
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Could be serious: You should get this evaluated by a physician. The best way to know what is going on would be to have your rhythm checked with an EKG and possibly othe... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
A good start: Cardioversion is a great first step in managing AF. The procedure is generally very low risk and is highly effective at restoring normal rhythm. The... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Timed shock: This is a cardioversion (shock) given to the heart that is timed to a certain point in the cardiac cycle so that the heart rhythm can be reset without... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Irregular heartbeat: A fib causes the upper chambers to beat very fast, so that they quiver instead of beating in a coordinated fashion. This can result in blood pooling i... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Maybe: Ablation for PVCs can be curative. Some patients can also benefit from medications which suppress the PVCs. Medications are typically not as effective... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Can vary: People with SVT usually feel a sensation of a racing heartbeat, or palpitations. Other symptoms can include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, diz... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Caution: The tattoo machine is quite unlikely to cause electrical problems for your device. I would avoid tattoos, however, especially near or on the same side... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Monitoring: The best way to identify a rhythm problem is to have it documented by a rhythm monitor, Monitoring can be as short as the time it takes to have an E... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Brief episodes: This is AF that comes and goes on its own, lasting anywhere from minutes to less than 48 hours. This is usually early stage AF, and generally this i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Ablation: They will both likely restore normal rhythm. A cardioversion is more of a reset than a cure for the problem. An ablation modifies the tissue in the he... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
60-100: The resting heart rate ideally should be well below 100 beats per minute, which is similar to a heart rate in normal rhythm. There may be some leeway ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Possibly: You should certainly have this evaluated further. It would be helpful to obtain long term rhythm monitoring with a Holter monitor or a longer term m... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Misnomer: Some people use these interchangeably, but they're not really the same thing. Permanent AF describes a condition where the doctor and patient have a... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Depends: If it's working, one could use this over the long term. The caveat is that you should have routine stress testing done while on the medication. Also... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Yes: It is possible that the pathway was not fully destroyed by the procedure or that another pathway is present. Depending on the specifics of the ablatio... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Yes: I heart is considered structurally normal in the absence of structural disease. Arrhythmia does not constitute structural abnormality. A high PVC burd... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
With paddles: The patient is sedated in preparation for the shock. Paddles are placed on the chest once the patient is asleep, and a properly timed shock is deliv... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Timed shock: This is a cardioversion (shock) given to the heart that is timed to a certain point in the cardiac cycle so that the heart rhythm can be reset without... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
No good data: A randomized trial showed that there is no statistically significant benefit to beta blockers in the treatment of syncope. That said, many cardiolog... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Normal reflex: This is a normal reflex, only exaggerated in some people, so a "cure" for normal doesn't really exist. Highly effective treatments are available, ho... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Yes: I believe you might be referring to an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or cardiac ICD. Yes, there is a wearable defibrillator called the LifeV... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Depends: The success rates of ablation procedures depend mostly on the rhythm that is being ablated. For some arrhythmias such as SVT or atrial flutter, long t... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Depends: This depends on the procedure and the doctor and facility. Sometimes the patient is kept slightly conscious and other times the procedure is done unde... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
TEE is separate test: A cardioversion is the procedure in which a shock is delivered to restore the heart to normal rhythm. Sometimes a test called a TEE (transesophageal ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Should be ok: This should be fine as long as you also maintain a normal diet.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Few days: This should get better within a few days, but it may take upto a couple of weeks. If not better, should consider other causes of cough, such as other ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
Possibly: This type of monitor is great because you can apply it whenever you have symptoms (which is especially nice if your symptoms are infrequent). The tr... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 21 years experience
A little: The ablation procedure involves insertion of multiple catheters into the heart. These are placed intravenously, so there can be a little discomfort wh... Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

Baylor College of Medicine
Completed 2005

Awards

Grateful Patient Award
Chief Fellow, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Fellow, Heart Rhythm Society

Affiliations

Fellow , Heart Rhythm Society
Texas Heart Institute
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