David M. Axelrod, M.D.

David M. Axelrod, M.D.

Medical Reviewer

David M. Axelrod is a pediatric cardiologist and pediatric critical care physician at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University. He specializes in the care of children with critical cardiac disease from acquired and congenital heart disease. He’s involved in educating trainees in his field and in conducting research to improve the care of children with heart disease.

With his colleagues, he runs the Stanford Pediatric Cardiology Fellows' Boot Camp, a two-day hands-on simulation and interactive training experience for incoming pediatric cardiology trainees from across the US and Canada.

Latest by David M. Axelrod, M.D.

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The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation and Silent Strokes

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Adding even a few of these vegetables into regular rotation can help protect against cardiovascular disease. Dig in!

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Let's Talk About Heart Disease Causes

When it comes to heart disease, knowledge is power. Understanding what causes harm to your body’s most important muscle is the first step to keeping it healthy.

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Let's Talk About Atrial Fibrillation

When your heart’s rhythm gets erratic, blood can clot in its lower chambers—increasing your risk for stroke. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

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Let's Talk About Congestive Heart Failure

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Risk Factors

11 Facts About Heart Attacks in Women

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Anatomy of a Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when the body's most important muscular organ is starved of oxygen. Learn how the body responds and why it's so vital to get help fast.