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Dr. Mark Rasak

Cardiologist

<p>Mark Rasak, DO, specializes in providing a full range of services in preventative as well as interventional cardiology. A graduate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Rasak completed his post-graduate training at Botsford Hospital and his fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of Michigan Hospital where he also served as Clinical Instructor. Dr. Rasak is affiliated with Botsford, Oakwood, Providence and Sinai-Grace Hospitals.</p>
Dr. Mark Rasak
  • Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences; Des Moines
  • Accepting new patients

My dad is feeling breathless after his bypass. Could there be something serious?

It's not uncommon for post-bypass patients to have fluid on their lungs. A simple chest X-ray should show it. Some patients need the fluid drained. An EKG may show a change in READ MORE
It's not uncommon for post-bypass patients to have fluid on their lungs. A simple chest X-ray should show it. Some patients need the fluid drained. An EKG may show a change in rhythm such as atrial fibrillation, which can cause this. Heart failure and pneumonia also possible. Needs to get in and see his cardiologist or his surgeon.

Can shortness of breath during pregnancy be related to the heart?

Yes. Would get an ECG and an echo to make sure.

What are the signs of identifying a problem with the heart?

Oxygenation problems, murmurs, and rhythm issues are most common triggers for work-up.

After a bypass, how many times should you go for a cardiac checkup?

Should see her cardiologist every six months

I experience a rapid heartbeat during my periods. What could be wrong?

Changes in hormones can cause rythm issues. Pain with dysmenorrhea can cause fast heart rates. If you are a heavy bleeder then anemia can trigger a reactive tachycardis.