Meet Dr. Anand Rohatgi
“My role is to be a guide and a teacher – to empower people to approach heart health with a holistic perspective using lifestyle and evidence-based therapies to prevent heart disease,” says UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologist Anand Rohatgi, M.D., M.S.C.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.
A specialist in preventive cardiology, Dr. Rohatgi has expertise in treating patients with lipid/cholesterol disorders, high blood pressure, premature coronary artery disease (CAD), and a family history of CAD.
“I love developing relationships with my patients, and I get a lot of satisfaction from explaining their heart health so they understand it and know the importance of making lifestyle changes for lowering risk,” Dr. Rohatgi says.
Dr. Rohatgi considers many factors when evaluating patients’ cardiovascular risk, including their weight, cholesterol and sugar levels, blood pressure, and family history. He guides patient care with specialized tests like calcium scans and stress tests.
“Our approach allows us to develop a thorough risk assessment of patients and give them personalized plans for improving their risk,” Dr. Rohatgi says. And because patients can get all necessary services at UT Southwestern, he can ensure a continuity of care that other practices may lack.
Dr. Rohatgi also sees patients struggling with obesity and those with abnormal results from tests such as the coronary calcium (CAC) scan, advanced lipoprotein testing, and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) test.
“Helping patients move toward optimal heart health is really about informing them and leading them to those ‘a-ha!’ moments, when they understand how it all interconnects, and then being there to guide them along,” he says.
His research interests include heart-disease risk prediction, high-density lipoproteins (HDL, or “good cholesterol”), inflammation, and atherosclerosis. He also teaches cardiology trainees, internal medicine residents, and medical students.