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About Dr. D Hansen Jr
Dr. D Hansen Jr, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Burien, WA. He has 37 years of experience. His specialties include Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiology. Dr. Hansen is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center - Ballard, Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. D Hansen Jr has the following 4 specialties
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- Interventional Cardiology
An interventional cardiologist has the same training as a cardiologist and they're well-versed in all types of heart disease and how to diagnose heart problems. The difference is that interventional cardiologists have additional expertise and training on specific interventional treatments for heart disease, such as angioplasties and stents. These methods use catheterization, which reduces recovery time as well as scarring after surgery.
Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
A patient may be referred to a cardiologist if he experiences symptoms like chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness, or high blood pressure. The physician will then evaluate your symptoms, take your health and family history and your weight. The cardiologist may order additional diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram, X-ray or blood tests. If necessary, the cardiologist may also call for a cardiac catheterization - a procedure in which a small tube is inserted into or near the heart that can take pictures of the heart's activity, or relieve blockage.
Once determining whether there is a heart condition, a cardiologist will treat a patient through cholesterol management, cardiac rehabilitation, and fitness. If surgical intervention is required, like open-heart surgery, a cardiologist will make that determination, but a cardiothoracic surgeon will perform the procedure.
- Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
- Heart Block
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia)
- Unstable Angina
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At first appointment, Dr. Hansen seemed to be on the ball and prepared to tackle the multitude of symptoms that I was facing; skipping heart beats, chest pain/pressure, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, dizziness, and racing heart rate. Although he was certain I was okay based on my age (26) and two EKGs from the ER, he did a Holter monitor test, and a stress echo, 'just to be certain'. I thought this was a good sign, and things would be handled with care and thought. But that's not the case. He told me that I had PAC/PVCs (mainly PVCs), low heart rate of 40BPM, and SVTs on my 24 hour Holter monitor, and although my stress echo looked okay, my heart rate was a lot higher than it should be. He said he could put me on a beta-blocker, but at my age I shouldn't worry. I was left confused as to if I was okay or not, and left unsure of what to do next. He said to make a two month follow up. He did not address the chest pain/pressure, the dizziness, breathlessness, or any of my concerns about the symptoms. He seemed to either ignore it or change the subject. I left unsure if I should be reassured, or disturbed. By a week or two later, the PVCs had gotten worse, so I went back in early, and he basically condescended me and told me there's nothing more he wants to do. He prescribed me a beta-blocker because of my concern, not his own, even though the side effects are worse than the PVCs themselves, and sent me on my way to return on my previously set up follow up date. I did not take the beta-blockers after reading about it, both medical facts and experiences, and talking to my pharmacist.I went in on the scheduled date, and told him I was still experiencing pain, skipped beats, fast heart beat, and had begun to wake up breathless almost nightly. Again he brushed it all aside as I'm, 'too young to have a problem'. During the appointment, he left halfway through without warning or apology or even a simple comment on where he was going, and didn't return for at least 10 minutes; to boot, he couldn't even remember where he had been or which patient he had been with and had to ask his nurse. At my pleading, he did a cardiac panel to check all my stats, as he hadn't bothered to do one beforehand to check cholesterol even though I'm markedly overweight due to past medications. Almost two weeks passed before a nurse called to give me results, even though the lab technician told me it'd take max 3 or 4 days for results. The nurse seemed alarmed although my tests were all normal, minus HDL being a bit low. I made a follow-up based on her concern, and yet again he shook his head and told me there's nothing more to test, and at my age I shouldn't be concerned, as well as saying, 'well it's not a matter of dieing, if you die that's about it', which I found both crude and upsetting. You think a doctor would want to do everything to prevent death, not make light of it which he's often do; 'if you die, give us a call' is his usual tag line. Never once has he said, 'if you're concerned, give us a call', although I have overhead him say it to his other older patients. While he could be right, and I could be fine, I'm extremely unnerved by his ease at writing off symptoms that have been caught by Holter; I'm also unnerved that he can ignore questions or write them off completely, especially about chest pain and pressure, or the cause of the PVCs; he's given me hardly any information on anything other than, 'you're too young to die'. Shouldn't I be informed about what PVCs even are? I had to find out for myself. He didn't offer any suggestion of what was causing them or could be causing them. He's barely offered any information other than relaying the test results each time, and telling me I'm too young to worry. His bedside manner is lacking, and he's got a one track mind when it comes to age. I will be seeking a second opinion, needless to say.
When my husband had a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 32, Dr Hansen was on duty as he was wheeled into the ER. Thats how we came to be under his care. He did his job and saved my husband's life and for that we are glad that he knew his stuff. After that however, we have been unimpressed for 2 years. Dr Hansen does not listen well, makes assumptions on and even told us once that he was wasting his time trying to help my husband because he'd been unable to loose an acceptable amount of weight. He brushes off, rather than answer questions, and every time we went in, my husbands blood pressure would rise just knowing he would have to deal with Dr Hansen. Today we saw a new cardiologist. The entire experience has been like the difference between night and day! We need a doctor who listens and talks to us so that we feel comfortable with the health plan for the future. Thankfully we have that now that we've left Dr Hansen.
Dr. Hansen is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Swedish Medical Center - Ballard
Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill
Swedish Edmonds Hospital
Providence Seattle Medical Center
Highline Medical Center
Highline Medical Center Main Campus
37 Years Experience
University Of Washington School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1976
University Of Washington Medical Center
Dr. D Hansen Jr accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Moda Health First Choice Network
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
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Locations & Directions16259 Sylvester Rd SW, Burien, WA
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