Heart Specialist in Dallas
As Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, cardiologist James de Lemos, M.D., stays at the forefront of prevention and treatment of heart disease.
It’s the impact that he can make on patients’ lives, however, that he finds most rewarding. “Heart care is one area of medicine that we can offer patients a lot in terms of therapies that improve and lengthen their lives,” he says.
Dr. de Lemos treats the spectrum of cardiac disease, including coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, heart failure, and valve disease. He also sees patients hospitalized with advanced heart disease.
Additionally, he is active in several clinical research projects. Most notably, he’s the Medical Director for the Dallas Heart Study, a one-of-a-kind population-based study aiming, among other goals, to identify new genetic, protein, and imaging biomarkers that can detect cardiovascular disease at its earliest stages, when prevention is most effective.
“My research directly relates to my clinical practice, so I’m up-to-date on the latest advances in general cardiology care and prevention. I discuss my findings with my patients so they’re aware of what’s available and what’s coming,” he says.
When with patients, Dr. de Lemos takes time to understand their issues and provide an individualized approach to care – something all cardiologists at UT Southwestern aim to offer.
“We get to know our patients, their needs and specific goals with regard to their heart care, so we can make decisions based on their needs,” he says.
Dr. de Lemos looks forward to the next phase in care – gaining more insight into a patient’s risk for heart disease – to prevent it or keep it from getting worse. UT Southwestern researchers have helped develop some low-cost tests that are taking heart care in that direction.
“It’s an exciting time to be in heart care,” Dr. de Lemos says.