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Peter S. Rahko, MD, FACC
 

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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Rahko is Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the director of the Adult Echocardiography Lab at UW Hospital and Clinics. His clinical interests include noninvasive imaging characterization of ventricular structure and function in patients with heart failure and heart failure devices. He also is involved in echocardiographic evaluation of valvular heart disease, particularly candidates for TAVR. He has an active practice in general cardiology and a specialized clinic for the medical management cardiomyopathies and of end-stage heart failure, including the evaluation of innovative pharmaceutical and device therapies for heart failure. He also has implemented an echo-based screening program for detection of heart disease in varsity athletes and implemented this as a part of the medical evaluation of all incoming athletes to the university.

Specialties

Cardiovascular Medicine

Transplant Medicine

UW Health Clinics

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(608) 263-1530 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
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(608) 262-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
UW Hospital and Clinics
(608) 263-1530 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

English
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Echocardiography
Fellowship University of Pittsburgh Health Center Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis, IN
Internship Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis, IN
Medical School University of Minnesota, 1979

Awards/Honors

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011


Procedures

Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions

PubMed Articles
Rahko PS . Rapid evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Jan;174(1):59-60
[PubMed ID: 24100614]
Chapman CB Ewer SM Kelly AF Jacobson KM Leal MA Rahko PS . Classification of left ventricular diastolic function using American Society of Echocardiography Guidelines: agreement among echocardiographers. Echocardiography. 2013 Oct;30(9):1022-31
[PubMed ID: 23551740]
Chapman CB Allana S Sweitzer NK Kohmoto T Murray M Murray D Johnson M Rahko PS . Effects of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device as observed by serial echocardiography. Echocardiography. 2013 May;30(5):513-20
[PubMed ID: 23311405]
Chapman CB Rahko PS . Three-dimensional echocardiography and mitral valve disease. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2010 May;12(3):243-9
[PubMed ID: 20424968]
Asghar H Rahko PS . Quality of heart failure management: a comparison of care between a comprehensive heart failure program and a general cardiology practice. Congest Heart Fail. 2010 Mar-Apr;16(2):65-70
[PubMed ID: 20412471]
Spier BJ Larue SJ Teelin TC Leff JA Swize LR Borkan SH Satyapriya A Rahko PS Pfau PR . Review of complications in a series of patients with known gastro-esophageal varices undergoing transesophageal echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2009 Apr;22(4):396-400
[PubMed ID: 19231133]
Osaki S Sweitzer NK Rahko PS Murray MA Hoffmann JA Johnson MR Edwards NM Kohmoto T . To explant or not to explant: an invasive and noninvasive monitoring protocol to determine the need of continued ventricular assist device support. Congest Heart Fail. 2009 Mar-Apr;15(2):58-62
[PubMed ID: 19385118]
Chen H Varghese T Rahko PS Zagzebski JA . Ultrasound frame rate requirements for cardiac elastography: experimental and in vivo results. Ultrasonics. 2009 Jan;49(1):98-111
[PubMed ID: 18657839]
Wu JY Sun H O'Rourke AP Huebner SM Rahko PS Will JA Webster JG . Taser blunt probe dart-to-heart distance causing ventricular fibrillation in pigs. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2008 Dec;55(12):2768-71
[PubMed ID: 19126456]
Wyman RA Chiu RY Rahko PS . The 5-minute screening echocardiogram for athletes. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2008 Jul;21(7):786-8
[PubMed ID: 18187286]
Rahko PS . Evaluation of the skin-to-heart distance in the standing adult by two-dimensional echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2008 Jun;21(6):761-4
[PubMed ID: 18187292]
Wu JY Sun H O'Rourke AP Huebner S Rahko PS Will JA Webster JG . Taser dart-to-heart distance that causes ventricular fibrillation in pigs. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2007 Mar;54(3):503-8
[PubMed ID: 17355063]
Wyman RA Rahko PS . Patchy myocardial fibrosis 20 years after radiation therapy. Echocardiography. 2007 Jan;24(1):68-70
[PubMed ID: 17214625]
Katz DA Aufderheide TP Bogner M Rahko PR Brown RL Brown LM Prekker ME Selker HP . The impact of unstable angina guidelines in the triage of emergency department patients with possible acute coronary syndrome. Med Decis Making. 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6):606-16
[PubMed ID: 17099199]
Rahko PS . An echocardiographic analysis of the long-term effects of carvedilol on left ventricular remodeling, systolic performance, and ventricular filling patterns in dilated cardiomyopathy. Echocardiography. 2005 Aug;22(7):547-54
[PubMed ID: 16060890]
Chu WW Dieter RS Rahko PS Douglas PS . Metastatic intracardiac tumour from liposarcoma. Can J Cardiol. 2002 Jul;18(7):777-8
[PubMed ID: 12167968]
Gudjonsson T Rahko PS . Relation of "inotropic reserve" to functional capacity in heart failure secondary to ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Am J Cardiol. 2002 May 1;89(9):1057-61
[PubMed ID: 11988195]
Xie A Skatrud JB Puleo DS Rahko PS Dempsey JA . Apnea-hypopnea threshold for CO2 in patients with congestive heart failure. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 May 1;165(9):1245-50
[PubMed ID: 11991873]
Keown ML Rahko PS . Heart failure: new data and guidelines. WMJ. 2002;101(7):16-23
[PubMed ID: 12426916]