Meet Dr. Thomas Andrews
Thomas Andrews, M.D., leads the cardiology services for UT Southwestern’s Clinical Center Park Cities and sees patients with all types of general cardiology problems, including congestive heart failure, palpitations, coronary artery disease, hypertension, cholesterol disorders, and valvular heart disease, as well as those seeking preventive care.
I like to educate my patients about their heart health, and help them make decisions about treatment.”
In addition to general cardiology, he has a special interest in cancer patients with various types of heart disease, including cancer survivors whose treatment has inadvertently damaged the heart, a condition known as cardiotoxicity. In addition to the Clinical Center Park Cities, he sees patients through UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center in Dallas, and UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth.
Most of his clinical research focuses on early detection and treatment of cancer-therapy-related cardiotoxicity. This new discipline that bridges oncology and cardiology is referred to as “onco-cardiology.”
Dr. Andrews considers himself an educator, not just to medical students, but also to patients.
“There are many different ways to treat cardiovascular disease, especially when it comes to invasive procedures,” Dr. Andrews says. “So I believe my role is to educate patients about what to expect, the likelihood of success, and various treatment options. I want to help them come to a decision they feel comfortable with.”
Cardiovascular Complications of Cancer Therapies
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Valvular heart disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Hyperlipidemia/High cholesterol
- Chest pain