Dr. Monica Patel Has the ‘Heart’ for People’s Hearts
Dr. Monica Patel is one of the distinguished women of this century who helps patients take good care of their hearts. Her service in caring for the heart is anchored because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country. There are several ways of preventing it, such as controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride levels in the expected condition, staying healthy weight; eating a healthy diet; getting regular exercise; limiting alcohol, avoiding stress, and others. But, unfortunately, there are still several cases that need intervention with the help of an expert. One of these experts in the field is Dr. Monica Patel, a quadruple board-certified cardiologist in the Houston community.
As a first generation Indian American and native Houstonian, who is very active in local and global philanthropy organizations and activities, she regularly delivers greatness in serving the people worldwide. She is proud to report that she has comprehensive experience and skills on cardiac PET scans, the perfect radiation stress test for cardiovascular disease prevention. As evidence of her expertise on cardiac PET scans, Dr. Monica Patel joined the PET Center as co-investigator of the Century Health Survey in 2012. She clarified that this research “aimed at preventing or reversing coronary heart disease through intensive combination pharmacology and lifestyle treatment.”
Why is PET scan important, then? A PET scan of the heart will detect whether parts of the heart muscle are getting enough oxygen, whether there is heart injury or scar tissue in the heart, or whether there is a build-up of irregular substances in the heart muscle. Moreover, PET scans display biochemical changes happening at the molecular level of the organ or tissue. This is important since the disease always starts at the cellular level. CT scans and MRIs cannot show issues at the cellular level. PET scans will detect changes in your cells at an early stage.
Furthermore, Dr. Monica Patel’s journey to protect people’s hearts began after earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry in 1999 at Houston Baptist University as an Endowed Academic Scholar. Then, she moved to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2003 and completed her Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship at McGovern Medical School, formerly known as the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
After acquiring certifications and accomplishments to strengthen her profession, Dr. Monica Patel served her patients as a cardiologist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. Knowing that in the field of medicine, constant upgrading and updating of knowledge and skills are needed to match the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of science and medicine, she continued her academic medicine at the McGovern Medical school. and to deliver a training process for future cardiologists, Dr. Monica Patel becomes the co-program director of the cardiology fellowship.
Aside from cardiac PET scans, Dr. Monica Patel also uses modern cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography, vascular imaging, and nuclear imaging, to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
All that this outstanding doctor has accomplished is her strong belief in women’s empowerment and the importance of caring for the body, particularly the heart. This is shown when she volunteered on a medical mission trip in Guatemala to provide basic health care for the unprivileged communities.
Also, her passion for the country’s service and its citizens earned her the respect she won. She obtained her third Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award and was featured on the Texas MD “Heart of Houston” cover in November 2015. Dr. Monica Patel says she will remain faithful to lifelong learning and aim to be using her ability to enhance health and well-being for all.
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