Meet Dr. Armaan Carrigan Shaikh, cardiologist
Fri, Feb 28, 2020
March 4, 1990 is a day that Dr. Armaan Carrigan Shaikh, cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center, will never forget.
Growing up, Shaikh loved the game of basketball and he idolized Loyola Marymount University star player, Hank Gathers. He enjoyed watching the team’s fast-paced mentality, high-scoring games and Gathers’ superior rebounding and shooting skills.
But tragedy struck.
At eight-years-old, Shaikh watched Hank Gathers collapse in the first-half of a semi-final game. Gathers suffered from a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition that causes the heart to thicken, making it difficult for it to pump blood.
Gathers died at just 23-years-old. His death predestined Shaikh’s future.
“I was totally obsessed with the story when he died,” Shaikh says. “This kind of lead me to be interested in cardiology.”
However, practicing medicine was nothing new to Shaikh.
“My dad is a doctor,” he says. “He has nine brothers and sisters and six of them are physicians. A lot of people in my family are in medicine, I grew up all around it. Especially in Racine where I grew up – my dad was a family practice doctor, my uncle in Milwaukee is involved in family practice and internal medicine, and my dad’s oldest brother, my uncle in Racine, was a neurosurgeon.”
After high-school, Shaikh received his undergraduate degree in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin. He continued his education by attending medical school at Midwestern University in Arizona and completing his residency three years later at the Medical College of Wisconsin – Internal Medicine. He is also fellowship trained in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology from Aurora Health Care.
Shortly after Shaikh completed his fellowships in 2017, he joined Aurora BayCare Medical Center as a cardiologist. He says he enjoys building relationships with his patients and resolving their concerns.
“The most rewarding is when a patient comes in, especially with an acute illness, such as an acute heart attack and I am able to bring them to the cath lab and resolve their symptoms and improve their mortality right, then and there,” Shaikh said.
He encourages all his patients to live a heart-healthy life.
“The biggest thing people can do is to try to stay active. Walking at least 30 minutes five days a week and watching dietary stuff such as limiting salt intake and refined carbs as much as possible to keep a healthy weight can help. Those are two big things I tell patients all the time.”
The Racine native likes to stay active in his free time by participating in outdoor activities with his family and by playing golf and tennis.
It is not uncommon to find the sports fanatic at many Wisconsin Badger football and basketball games and Milwaukee Bucks games.
Dr. Armaan Carrigan Shaikh is a board-certified cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. He sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette.
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Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.
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