Meet Dr. Susan MatuleviciusNoninvasive Cardiologist and Women’s Heart Health Specialist
“I love being a physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center because we understand that our patients are people before they’re patients,” says general cardiologist Susan Matulevicius, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C.
“We take the time to listen to patients and answer their questions, think carefully about them as individuals, and deliver the best possible care so they can enjoy the things in life that are meaningful to them without worrying about their hearts,” she says.
A Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star, Dr. Matulevicius specializes in noninvasive cardiac imaging – particularly echocardiography (ultrasound imaging of the heart) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – as well as women’s heart health, coronary artery disease, and primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention.
“UT Southwestern has an outstanding cardiac MRI program,” she says. “We can perform high-resolution 3-D imaging of the heart – without the use of radiation – which allows us to detect structural and functional consequences of heart disease and make treatment decisions with the best information available.”
Also a specialist in women’s heart health, Dr. Matulevicius believes that UT Southwestern’s high number of female cardiologists – approximately 40 percent, the highest among Dallas-area practices – gives her team a unique perspective.
“Because so many of my colleagues and I share the issues, needs, and concerns faced by other women, our team is especially attuned to those things,” she says. “We understand women’s many responsibilities and the importance of a healthy work-life balance.”
Regardless of gender, Dr. Matulevicius says prevention is key when it comes to good cardiovascular health.
“The best things people can do to decrease their heart disease risk are to take time for themselves throughout their lives to stay physically active, maintain a healthy weight, keep an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, never smoke, and eat a heart- healthy diet,” she says. “They should see their doctors regularly and discuss any health concerns they have, including concerns about their cardiovascular health.”