About: Douglas P. Zipes, M.D.

Douglas P. Zipes, M.D. Dr. Douglas P. Zipes is an internationally acclaimed cardiologist, professor, author, inventor, and authority on pacing and electrophysiology. Dr. Zipes is a regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post.

Posts by Douglas P. Zipes, M.D.:

Slow Pulse
Slow Pulse

Q: I have been told that I have sinus bradycardia (heart rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute resting, sometimes below 40  More

Drug Safety
Drug Safety

Q: I take warfarin and atenolol for atrial fibrillation and simvastatin for high cholesterol. I also take potassium and calcium supplements. Might one work against More

It’s a Balancing Act
It’s a Balancing Act

Dear Dr. Zipes: I have an implanted defibrillator for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. My blood pressure is under control. In November, 2007 I had a stroke. After More

Exercise is the Best Rx
Exercise is the Best Rx

Dear Dr. Zipes: I have PVCs that are controlled by a beta blocker (Toprol ER). I see the electrophysiologist annually, work out to stay in More

Heart Arrhythmias
Heart Arrhythmias

Dear Dr. Zipes: In a prior response, you explained that caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks, and sometimes swallowing, coughing, or an upset stomach may cause irregular More

Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)
Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)

To Carol in Florida: Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) are extra heart beats coming early from the bottom chambers of the heart, the ventricles. In people More

Pacemaker Safety
Pacemaker Safety

To Eloise in Colorado: There is no known risk to your pacemaker or you when using a heating pad that is in good working condition More

Best to Check
Best to Check

To Nancy in Michigan: Blood pressure can vary, and it would be just a guess for me to know why it went up when you More

Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease

I am nearly recovered from a mild stroke that my medical reports say was due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). I changed my diet, had More

Review the Options
Review the Options

A cardiac catheterization revealed that one artery is blocked and two others are partially closed. I was told that nothing could be done because of More

Rid Audible Heartbeat
Rid Audible Heartbeat

Regarding the lady who could hear her heartbeat in her ear upon reclining: I know exactly what she means, and it’s nasty! Lucky for me, More

Ablation Helps Flutter, Too
Ablation Helps Flutter, Too

I had ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) node in 2001 that apparently took care of my atrial fibrillation but left me with heart flutter. When More

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