Nicholas Paivanas, MD| Cardiology | MedStar Health

Nicholas Paivanas, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (1668 reviews)

Specialties: Cardiology

Languages: English


About me

Nicholas Andrew Paivanas, MD, is a board certified cardiologist. His interests include preventive cardiology, treatment resistant hypertension, lipid disorders, coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, congestive heart failure, cardio-oncology, and cardiac imaging including echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology.

His primary focus is educating patients in healthy lifestyle choices for reducing high cholesterol and controlling lipid abnormalities, to help prevent serious heart and vascular disease before it begins. Treating each case as unique, his emphasis is on preventive cardiology, simplifying hypertension therapy, valve disorders and lipid therapy. He strives to implement the best and most effective approach for each patient.

His approach with patients is to ensure that any intervention or medication fits with the lifestyle of each patient. This strategy provides the best specialized care and leads to greater success for patients.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Syncope
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Advanced Heart Failure (ADHF)
  • Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anomalies Of The Coronary Artery
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Athletic Heart Syndrome
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Autoimmune Pericarditis
  • Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Angina
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardio Oncology
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Cerebral Venous Thrombosis
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Edema
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Elevated Creatine Kinase
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Problems
  • Heart Racing
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Left Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Lymphedema
  • Maternal Cardiac Disease
  • Microvascular Dysfunction
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Orthopnea
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Palpitations
  • Papillary Muscle Disorders
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (PAPVC)
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pre Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Atrial Contraction
  • Premature Beats
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiomatosis
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypoplasia
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Refractory Angina
  • Renal Vein Compression
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Aortic Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases Of Pulmonary Valve
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Type 1 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Valvular Endocarditis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Variant Angina
  • Vasospastic Angina
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Adenosine Stress Test
  • Advanced Lipid Blood Tests
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Risk Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Dobutamine Stress Test
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology Testing
  • Heart Failure Screening
  • Heart Health
  • Holter Monitor
  • In Office Cardiac Echocardiogram
  • In Office Cardiac Stress Test
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR) Repair
  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary And Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Sports Related Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Thallium Stress Test
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
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Practice locations

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2002 Medical Parkway
Suite 500
Annapolis, MD, 21401


Fax 410-573-9413

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1630 Main Street
Suite 208
Chester, MD, 21619


Fax 410-643-4098

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA



Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Residency Program: University of Rochester Medical Center (2013)

Internship Program: University of Rochester Medical Center (2011)

Medical School: Georgetown University (2010)


  • 2013-14 Hospital Medicine Division Resident Teaching Award URMC, Rochester, NY
  • 2013-14 Hospital Medicine Division Medical Student Teaching Award URMC, Rochester, NY
  • 2010-11 David A. Haller Award  Awarded to medical intern demonstrating outstanding devotion to patient care. URMC, Rochester, NY
  • 2011-15 Strong Star Certificate of Appreciation (multiple occurrences) Recognition for providing exceptional service and displaying compassion and respect to patients, families, and coworkers. URMC, Rochester, NY

News and publications

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals:
  1. Howell, E.; Paivanas, N.; Stern, J.; Vidula, H.. Treatment of Acute Necrotizing Eosinophilic Myocarditis With Immunosuppression and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Circ Heart Fail. 2016 Dec;9(12).
  2. Paivanas, N and Bisognano, J.. Unilateral Carotid Body Resection in Resistant Hypertension: An Exciting First Step Toward a New Therapy? J Am Coll Cardiol Basic Trans Science 2016;1(5): 325-7.
  3. Dilsizian, V.; Gewirtz, H.; Paivanas, N.; Kitsiou, A.N.; Hage, F.G.; Crone, N.E.; Schwartz, R.G.. Serious and potentially life threatening complications of cardiac stress testing: Physiological mechanisms and management strategies. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 2015 Dec; 22(6):1198-213 doi: 10.1007/s12350-015-0141-4. Epub 2015 May 15.
  4. Paivanas, N.; Bisognano, J.; Gassler, J.; Carotid Baroreceptor Stimulation and Arteriovenous Shunts for Resistant Hypertension. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal 11(4):223-7. 2015. doi: 10.14797/mdcj-11-4-223
  5. Paivanas, N.; Bisognano, J.; Gassler, J.; Carotid Baroreceptor Stimulation for Resistant Hypertension. Hypertension Journal 2015;1(1)40-44
Other Publications (Textbook chapters, poster presentations, abstracts):
  1. Paivanas, N.; Opladen, J.; Pedulla, A..  Gender Differences in Clinical Manifestation and Pathophysiology of Ischemic Heart Disease – A Gender Paradox. (Book Chapter) In Manual of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. Mieszczanska, H.; Velarde, G. Ed. Springer-Verlag London 2014. Chapter 3.
  2. Rao, M.; Paivanas, N.; Eichelberger, J.. Cardiovascular Stress Testing. (Book Chapter) In Manual of Outpatient Cardiology. Bisognano, J.; Beck, G.R.; Connell, R. Eds. Springer-Verlag: London, 2012; Chapter 4.
  3. Paivanas, N.; Richmond, A.; Shakes, D.. Membranes and Mitochondria: The Fate of Paternal Components. C. elegans Development and Evolution Topic Meeting #1, University of Wisconsin-Madison. June 2006. (Abstract and Poster Presentation in Madison, Wisconsin)
  4. Paivanas, N.; Malone, C.; Perdahl, E.; Torloni, S.; Orloff, G.; Beveridge, R..  Granulocyte Transfusions as a Treatment for Sepsis in Pediatric Patients.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer. Volume 42, 6. March 2004. (Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 17th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.)
  5. Paivanas, N.; Malone, C.; Spiros, A.; Sheridan, M.; Spira, A.; Orloff, G.; Beveridge, R..  Nausea and Vomiting in Patients Receiving High Dose Chemotherapy Followed by Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant in an Outpatient Setting.  Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Volume 10.  February 2004.  (Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the ASBMT/IBMTR Tandem Meeting in Orlando, Florida)
  6. Malone, C.; Paivanas, N.; Spiros, A.; Spira, A.; Orloff, G.; Beveridge, R..  A Retrospective Analysis of Hospital Admissions in an Outpatient Stem Cell Transplant Facility. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Volume 10.  February 2004. (Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the ASBMT/IBMTR Tandem Meeting in Orlando, Florida)
  7. Malone, C.; Paivanas, N.; Spiros, A.; Spira, A.; Orloff, G.; Torloni, S.; Sheridan, M.; Beveridge, R..  Pre-Apheresis Therapies Affecting CD 34+ Apheresis Yield in Multiple Myeloma Patients. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Volume 10.  February 2004.  (Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the ASBMT/IBMTR Tandem Meeting in Orlando, Florida)
  8. Paivanas, N.; Beveridge, M.; Lumadue, J.; Sheridan, M.; Torloni, S.; Orloff, G..  Fludarabine Pretreatment and CD34+ Yields in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stem Cell Patients.  Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Vol. 9, 2.  February, 2003. (Abstract presented as a poster at the ASBMT/IBMTR Tandem Meeting in Keystone, CO)
  9. Paivanas, N.; Beveridge, M.; Bagshaw, K.; Sheridan, M.; Orloff, G..  Effectiveness of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Red Cell Transfusions in Non-Leukemic Adult Autologous Stem Cell Transplants: A Retrospective Evaluation.  Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.  Vol. 9, 2.  February, 2003. (Abstract presented as a poster at the ASBMT/IBMTR Tandem Meeting in Keystone, CO)
  10. Beveridge, M.; Paivanas, N.; Blodgett, L.; Sheridan, M.; Orloff, G.. Donor Experience of Pain, Nausea, and Vomiting Post Bone Marrow Harvest, NMDP National Council Meeting, Abstract 22, October 2002 (Abstract accepted for poster presentation and for publication in NMDP Journal).

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  • Mar 19, 2024

    Excellent & Friendly Professional

  • Mar 11, 2024

    Very good

  • Mar 11, 2024

    The best doctor