Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH

All posts by Tariq Ahmad, MD, MPH


November 7th, 2012

Science, with a Little Bit of Flash

At a stirring Late-Breaking Clinical Trials session when researchers present possibly ground-breaking research, a fellow wonders what happens behind the scenes.

November 6th, 2012

Breadth vs. Depth at AHA

A tight focus works well for this fellow with a special interest in heart failure, but if you don’t have a subspecialty, does going for breadth work better?

November 6th, 2012

Using the Internet to Learn from Leaders in Cardiology

Fellows use apps, the Internet, and social media to make the most of AHA 12

November 6th, 2012

Cardiology Circles and the AHA

A fellow spends much of his time at AHA deepening his connections with colleagues from back home. Or should he be trying to meet new people?

April 11th, 2012

Anticoagulation Conundrum


A 75-year-old woman presents to a general cardiology clinic for the first time. She has a history of atrial fibrillation, sick-sinus syndrome requiring a permanent pacemaker, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. She has no specific complaints other than shortness of breath on exertion. Her medications include aspirin (81 mg daily), carvedilol (25 mg twice daily), lisinopril (5 […]

March 25th, 2012

Face to Face with the Living Legends

A Fellow gets career advice from his heroes in a new session

March 24th, 2012

On the Shoulders of Giants

Blogging from ACC.12, Tariq Ahmad pauses to consider the history of innovation in cardiology.

March 1st, 2012

Is Age Just a Number?


An 89-year-old woman with severe aortic stenosis is referred to a cardiologist at a major academic center that offers transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). A widow for 20 years, the patient lives alone and does well with the assistance of her daughter, who lives nearby. She has two more children in the same town, as well […]

February 22nd, 2012

What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the … Swan?

A colleague of mine who is a cardiology fellow recently made this confession: “I really love doing procedures. I can’t wait until the new patient gets here so we can Swan him.” Playing devil’s advocate, I asked: “Would you want to be ‘Swanned’ if you were admitted to the CCU?” Astonished, she replied, “Of course not. I […]

January 5th, 2012

Coach Wants Me to Play. Will You Let Me, Doc?


A 21-year-old Division I college football player presented with palpitations that had started during athletic practice. He was referred to a cardiologist for further evaluation. Vital signs and physical exam were normal. An EKG showed prominent R waves, inverted T waves in leads V1–V2, along with a biphasic T wave in lead V3. QRS axis and QTc […]