Nassir Azimi, MD

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Cardiology
Nuclear Cardiology

Internal Medicine
Interventional Cardiology

5565 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA, USA

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Quadruple board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and interventional cardiology.

Served as the Chief of Medicine Department and Chief of Endovacular Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and he is currently the chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at SGH.

Recognized among San Diego’s Top Interventional Cardiologists by San Diego Magazine and Castle Connolly several times


Dr. Azimi received a scholarship to Columbia College of Columbia University where he completed his B.A. in Chemistry and pre-medicine. From there, he attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He finished his fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine, then nuclear cardiology and cardiac and peripheral interventions at the prestigious Yale University.



Dr. Azimi has been in private practice in San Diego, CA for 15 years, establishing a thriving clinical practice for cardiac patients and treating patients for peripheral vascular disease. He is active in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Interventions, and he does structural heart interventions, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transeptal procedures such as the Watchman left trail appendage closures. Dr. Azimi has served as the Chief of Medicine Department and Chief of Endovacular Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and he is currently the chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at SGH.



He is a national expert in anti-platelets and anticoagulants and has been a national speaker on anti platelets anticoagulants, intravenous iron treatments and diabetic treatments. He has been an investigator in multiple clinical research studies for various cardiac and peripheral disease indications, and Dr. Azimi is a Fellow of The American College of Cardiology and serves on the board of governors of the California chapter of the ACC. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and a Fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions.



Dr. Azimi is the recipient of numerous awards. From being a Castle Connolly top Interventional Cardiologist in San Diego 2012-2020 and has been voted by his peers six times as San Diego’s Top Interventional Cardiologist as published in San Diego Magazine from 2013 to 2019. He is also been awarded the designation of a National ST elevations MI Champion for his outstanding heart attack care.

Education

  • MD: Dartmouth Medical School

  • Internship: University of Colorado

  • Residency: University of Colorado

  • Fellowship: Yale University

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Interventional Cardiology

  • Nuclear Cardiology

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Drug Coated Stents

And so in the early 2000s, we started using drug-coated stents. And what do the drug coatings do? They basically have a stent that has a layer of medication that keeps that layer of re...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Aortic Stenosis

“Aortic stenosis. When we talk about aortic stenosis, we’re really talking about the valve that’s in the aorta that lets the blood out of the left ventricle so that blood could get to the rest...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidants When Young

“So they’ve done all kinds of trials, okay. For antioxidants and protection, you know, with the heart, with heart disease. And what they find is that, you know, they give people that are 60 or...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidant Supplements

So in terms of supplements, some of the antioxidant supplements are curcumin, turmeric, vitamin E, vitamin C. And then we talk about foods that are good in terms of antioxidant content. We’re talking about generally...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidant Fad

If you look at the fad every year, there’s a vegetable that’s the vegetable of the year. Like this year, it’s kale, next year it’s quinoa. The year after, you know, every year we find...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – AICD

“Pacemakers are different than what we call AICDs or automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators. In patients that have weak hearts, that have arrhythmias, or patients that are high risk for arrhythmias, which lead to sudden death,...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Attack – Gene

The heart attack gene is present in 10% of heart attacks. So having a heart attack gene is not good for you, but just because you don’t have it doesn’t mean you’re not going to...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Attack – Causes

What leads to a heart attack? Well, what leads to plaque buildup? And it’s not necessarily the amount of plaque you have, but the stability of the plaque. And 10% plaque in your artery or...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Cholesterol – Defnition

So in our body, we have cholesterol, but cholesterol can be broken down to many different particles. And the general particles that doctors talk to patients about is the good cholesterol and the bad cholesterol....

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Nassir Azimi, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Dr. Nassir Azimi – Video Business Card

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Nassir Azimi, MD

4 months ago

Podcast

Laughter Is The Best Medicine w/ Dr. Nassir Azimi

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Treatment

How do we treat angina for most people? If it’s stable angina, we treat it with nitroglycerin, nitro patches and drugs, such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, or even a drug called ranolazine or...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Therapies

Let’s talk about treatments of angina. We will obviously focus first on lifestyle modification and medications. So we often recommend an aspirin, a baby aspirin, or a full aspirin, depending on the physician and the...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Overview

Angina or angina, depending on how you pronounce it, is basically chest pain that comes on with exertion. And for most patients, angina is very classic. It basically feels like an elephant or a pressure...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – History in Diagnosis

I learned in medical school, that the best way to diagnose diseases is obviously from the history. What we know is that the history of the patient gives us 85% of the information. The test...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Diagnosis Physical Exam

Exam. There’s not often a lot of findings on the physical exam when it comes to diagnosis of angina. Although if a patient has, you know, brueys, which is sounds in their neck or in...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Article

Founding Medical Partner: Nassir Azimi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC

INTERVIEW WITH NASSIR AZIMI, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC   What guided your decision to go into medicine and specifically, your chosen field?   To make a short story long, when I was 9 years old,...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Exercise and Heart Disease

When talking about exercise, patients are often very eager to do very aggressive exercise, and everybody thinks that they have to run marathons to be healthy. And I actually think that exercise like everything else...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of Sugar

In America when we get advice on health, we’re often told to either eat less sugar or less fat. And the marketing world is constantly giving us fat free sugar and sugar free fat, but...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of Stress and Anxiety

One of my patients introduced me as, “This is Dr. Azimi, his patients are literally dying to see him.” And I got the joke because I work at the busiest heart attack hospital in California....

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Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Drug Coated Stents

And so in the early 2000s, we started using drug-coated stents. And what do the drug coatings do? They basically have a stent that has a layer of medication that keeps that layer of re...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Aortic Stenosis

“Aortic stenosis. When we talk about aortic stenosis, we’re really talking about the valve that’s in the aorta that lets the blood out of the left ventricle so that blood could get to the rest...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidants When Young

“So they’ve done all kinds of trials, okay. For antioxidants and protection, you know, with the heart, with heart disease. And what they find is that, you know, they give people that are 60 or...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidant Supplements

So in terms of supplements, some of the antioxidant supplements are curcumin, turmeric, vitamin E, vitamin C. And then we talk about foods that are good in terms of antioxidant content. We’re talking about generally...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – Antioxidant Fad

If you look at the fad every year, there’s a vegetable that’s the vegetable of the year. Like this year, it’s kale, next year it’s quinoa. The year after, you know, every year we find...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease – AICD

“Pacemakers are different than what we call AICDs or automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators. In patients that have weak hearts, that have arrhythmias, or patients that are high risk for arrhythmias, which lead to sudden death,...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Attack – Gene

The heart attack gene is present in 10% of heart attacks. So having a heart attack gene is not good for you, but just because you don’t have it doesn’t mean you’re not going to...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Heart Attack – Causes

What leads to a heart attack? Well, what leads to plaque buildup? And it’s not necessarily the amount of plaque you have, but the stability of the plaque. And 10% plaque in your artery or...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

2 months ago

Videos

Cholesterol – Defnition

So in our body, we have cholesterol, but cholesterol can be broken down to many different particles. And the general particles that doctors talk to patients about is the good cholesterol and the bad cholesterol....

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

3 months ago

Videos

Dr. Nassir Azimi – Video Business Card

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Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of Stress and Anxiety

One of my patients introduced me as, “This is Dr. Azimi, his patients are literally dying to see him.” And I got the joke because I work at the busiest heart attack hospital in California....

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of High Blood Pressure

“When I try to explain blood pressure to patients, I try to give them an example and I hold their forearm and I ask him to flex against me. And I said, that’s what your...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of Caffeine

Well, I always joke and say, caffeine saves life. If your pilot falls asleep or your doctor’s asleep, you may not make it. But caffeine has good properties and caffeine could have potentially bad properties....

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Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Treatment

How do we treat angina for most people? If it’s stable angina, we treat it with nitroglycerin, nitro patches and drugs, such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, or even a drug called ranolazine or...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Therapies

Let’s talk about treatments of angina. We will obviously focus first on lifestyle modification and medications. So we often recommend an aspirin, a baby aspirin, or a full aspirin, depending on the physician and the...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Overview

Angina or angina, depending on how you pronounce it, is basically chest pain that comes on with exertion. And for most patients, angina is very classic. It basically feels like an elephant or a pressure...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – History in Diagnosis

I learned in medical school, that the best way to diagnose diseases is obviously from the history. What we know is that the history of the patient gives us 85% of the information. The test...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Videos

Angina – Diagnosis Physical Exam

Exam. There’s not often a lot of findings on the physical exam when it comes to diagnosis of angina. Although if a patient has, you know, brueys, which is sounds in their neck or in...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Exercise and Heart Disease

When talking about exercise, patients are often very eager to do very aggressive exercise, and everybody thinks that they have to run marathons to be healthy. And I actually think that exercise like everything else...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

8 months ago

Videos

Heart Disease: Effects of Sugar

In America when we get advice on health, we’re often told to either eat less sugar or less fat. And the marketing world is constantly giving us fat free sugar and sugar free fat, but...

Watch and Share
Nassir Azimi, MD

5 months ago

Article

Founding Medical Partner: Nassir Azimi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC

INTERVIEW WITH NASSIR AZIMI, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC   What guided your decision to go into medicine and specifically, your chosen field?   To make a short story long, when I was 9 years old,...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

11 months ago

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Two Arteries Diverged

Treatment of bifurcation lesions has remained a clinical challenge in interventional cardiology. There are often increased rates of acute and long-term complications with higher rates of periprocedural myocardial infarction related mainly to side branch occlusions....

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Nassir Azimi, MD

11 months ago

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The Role of Prophylactic Anticoagulation in COVID-19 Patients

Around the world, physicians are concerned about the risk of thrombotic complications in patients with COVID-19. Most patients are worried about respiratory failure, and pneumonia and clotting does not rank high in their consciousness. But...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

11 months ago

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Smoking Cessation

When discussing smoking cessation with patients, I often have a simple argument. For my business in cardiovascular medicine, smoking is good. Smokers are a major percentage of my patients.  Therefore, to stay busy, I ought...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

12 months ago

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Cardiocentricity

In the US, the number one cause of death remains cardiovascular death. Patients who suffer from heart disease also have manifestation in other vascular beds. The attention to treatment of peripheral vascular disease is divided...

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Nassir Azimi, MD

12 months ago

Blog

The Doctor Who Does Nothing

In the words of my mentor, H. Gilbert Welch, “Doctors worry that if they don’t do something, patients will be dissatisfied and go elsewhere.” I clearly remember as a student being reminded of this in...

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