Meet Dr. Parag Joshi
Cardiologist in Dallas
For people at risk for cardiovascular disease, proactive evaluation and nonsurgical treatment can be the key to preventing issues such as blocked blood vessels, heart attacks, and strokes.
UT Southwestern Medical Center preventive cardiologist Dr. Parag Joshi offers patients a range of evidence-based therapies and services aimed at avoiding these issues – from comprehensive risk assessment and lifestyle interventions to the latest drug therapies and cardiovascular imaging studies, including cardiac calcium scoring.
Dr. Joshi believes patient education is vital to successful treatment.
“A lot of cardiovascular disease is preventable, and I enjoy explaining what's going on with my patients’ hearts and hearing them say, ‘Now I get it!’” he says.
“I think we are all more likely to take our medications or make lifestyle changes once we understand how and why it works.”
Leading in Care and Research
In addition to being board certified and fellowship trained in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, Dr. Joshi is certified in the use of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography, a state-of-the-art technology that provides a very detailed look at the heart and related arteries.
He evaluates and treats many patients for atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”), a process in which plaque accumulates in the blood vessels, which can lead to heart disease.
Dr. Joshi works to assess risk and prevent and treat cardiovascular disease as a researcher, as well. He is the lead investigator for three related clinical trials at UT Southwestern and is participating in several others.
“By helping us better understand how we can prevent and treat atherosclerosis, these studies can help us to impact many lives at a time by changing how we practice medicine,” he says. “Our group consists of thought-leaders in Cardiology. We strive to interpret and appropriately apply the latest clinical-trial findings for our patients, particularly with all of the exciting developments in preventive cardiology.”
Whether working in the clinic or on a clinical trial, Dr. Joshi gets a lot of joy from his work.
“It’s always gratifying to make a difference in the lives of patients who are really sick,” he says. “It’s great to help someone get better and see the impact that has on both the patient and the family. I find it equally gratifying to help patients prevent heart disease and maintain their health. Cardiology really allows me to participate in a full spectrum of patient care from maintaining good heart health to treating some of our sickest patients with advanced heart disease.”