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Dr. Patrick Joseph McCormick, MD

Cardiologist

Dr. Patrick McCormick is a cardiologist practicing in Palos Heights, IL. Dr. McCormick specializes in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels and the cardiovascular system. These conditions include heart attacks, heart murmurs, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. Dr. McCormick also practices preventative medicine, helping patients maintain a heart-healthy life.
Dr. Patrick Joseph McCormick, MD
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Accepting new patients

Don't want to have surgery for enlarged heart--any other options?

See an Internist or cadiologist.You need an echocardiogram

Is chest heaviness related to my past heart issues?

Yes it could.See your doctor and at least have a stress test

Is plavix( clopidogrel ) a blood thinner?

See your cardiologist.You may need a sress test before elective surgery.Plavix inhibits platelet funtion and therefore is a blood thinner which should be stopped 5-6 day before READ MORE
See your cardiologist.You may need a sress test before elective surgery.Plavix inhibits platelet funtion and therefore is a blood thinner which should be stopped 5-6 day before surgery

I have symptomatic PVCs. When do they become dangerous?

If you are otherwise free of symptoms and have a normal stress test without evidence of ischemia and the PVCs decrease,dont worry.if they drive you crazy try betablockers

Can I have mitral valve prolapse when doctor can not hear heart murmur?

Depends on the criteria used for the diagnosis.I suspect this patient does not have mitral valve prolapse and does not require SBE prophlaxis.My answer is very unlikely.

Increasing resting heart rate, what is it?

As an isolated observation in an otherwise healthy person I dont know.If its sinus rhythm Id say cardiovascular deconditioning.

Are there alternatives to a catheter ablation for atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia

There are several other medications that one might try. If the reentry pathway involves the AV node, a beta blocker might work. An EP study followed by ablation is a reasonable READ MORE
There are several other medications that one might try. If the reentry pathway involves the AV node, a beta blocker might work. An EP study followed by ablation is a reasonable and safe option, if medications do not help.

Abdominal aneurysm prevention

You need to know that the aneurysm is there before you can prevent rupture. Get an abdominal ultra-sound for reassurance. If it is present and small, it should be remeasured periodically READ MORE
You need to know that the aneurysm is there before you can prevent rupture. Get an abdominal ultra-sound for reassurance. If it is present and small, it should be remeasured periodically by US. If it is increasing in size or 4.5 cm in diameter, it shoud be stented or removed. Risk factors include age, family history, hypertension, and cigarette smoking. The only symptom is pain and then it is usually too late.