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Dr. Larry Altschul

Cardiologist

Dr. Larry Altschul is a top Cardiologist in West Islip, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Larry Altschul is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Larry Altschul is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Larry Altschul is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In West Islip, New York, Dr. Larry Altschul is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Larry Altschul
  • West Islip, New York
  • State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo
  • Accepting new patients

My father suffered cardiac arrest. What should be follow up treatment?

Without knowing the details of your father’s case and cause for the cardiac arrest I can only give you general recommendations that would apply to everyone if they want to reduce READ MORE
Without knowing the details of your father’s case and cause for the cardiac arrest I can only give you general recommendations that would apply to everyone if they want to reduce the risk of another event. If the cause was a heart attack, life style changes should include regular aerobic exercise and a proper diet. Aspirin, statins and beta blockers are generally prescribed if tolerated. Additional risk factors, if present (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity) should be well controlled and aggressively monitored. And, of course, tobacco must be avoided.

My stress test showed a very high heart rate. Should I be worried?

There are many causes for a higher than average heart rate with exercise. It may just mean that you are deconditioned or not exercising enough. However there may also be medical READ MORE
There are many causes for a higher than average heart rate with exercise. It may just mean that you are deconditioned or not exercising enough. However there may also be medical or life style issues that are contributing. Some of these include thyroid problems, anemia, pulmonary problems and occasionally cardiac issues. One should start with a good history and physical exam by your general physician who will likely order basic lab work as well.

Could Aspirin make me anxious?

No. Aspirin is not known to cause anxiety. Having said that, anxiety and depression are extremely common after a cardiac event like yours, possibly related to subliminal fears READ MORE
No. Aspirin is not known to cause anxiety. Having said that, anxiety and depression are extremely common after a cardiac event like yours, possibly related to subliminal fears after such a scary and worrisome change in your medical history. Review this with your cardiologist who will likely allay your concerns, but he would also look for other causes.

What are the earliest symptoms of heart disease?

Unfortunately there is no single answer because. There is much variability but the most common would be new exercise intolerance that wasn’t there before such as exertional chest READ MORE
Unfortunately there is no single answer because. There is much variability but the most common would be new exercise intolerance that wasn’t there before such as exertional chest pain, neck or jaw pain, shortness of breath or unexplained fatigue with minimal activity. Of course there are those that have no fore warning signs. However if you adhere to a healthy life style including your diet, regular exercise, control risk factors (cholesterol, obesity, hypertension and diabetes) your risk for an early cardiac event would be extremely low.

Is excessive sweating sign of a weak heart?

Generally speaking, a life history of excessive sweating as one’s sole complaint, does not suggest underlying heart disease. However one could not answer your question accurately READ MORE
Generally speaking, a life history of excessive sweating as one’s sole complaint, does not suggest underlying heart disease. However one could not answer your question accurately without beginning with a good history and physical by your physician.

I had a pacemaker put in recently. Can I exercise?

It is absolutely safe to exercise with a pacemaker. In general, exercise is healthy and encouraged. However, without knowing your medical history, you should discuss what kind READ MORE
It is absolutely safe to exercise with a pacemaker. In general, exercise is healthy and encouraged. However, without knowing your medical history, you should discuss what kind and how exercise you should do with your physician.