Over the last 20 years, Dr. Arashvand’s education and experience coalesced into a simple, profound understanding: “Osteopathic philosophy taught me that the body has it is own inherent ability to heal itself, and my role is to aid the body through this process. Cardiology taught me that heart disease is both preventable and reversible.” This approach forms the foundation for treatment at the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology.
While completing her cardiology fellowship, Dr. Arashvand began to notice that modern medicine focuses most of its time and effort attending to those who are seriously ill, usually in the weeks and months preceding death or following a life-threatening cardiac event. (A 2002 study found that expenditures in the last year of life constituted 22% of all medical expenses.) “I found that too little was being done to prevent disease; most of the attention was paid to treating disease that had been progressing for years. It made me see that more could be done.” She began to pursue preventive cardiology, rather than the more traditional reactive approach.
A New Paradigm
Heart disease is a gradual progression. It can take decades for disease to escalate to the point that it manifests in a heart attack or stroke. But once it does, the effect is either permanent damage to the heart or brain or, in many cases, death. This doesn’t have to happen — heart disease is reversible. At least 80% of all coronary artery disease can be eliminated through prevention, saving 200,000 lives annually. It’s this fundamental understanding that drives Dr. Arashvand and motivates her work.
She believes that the traditional approach, focused primarily on responding to cardiac events once they occur, needs to change. “I came to the revelation that heart disease is reversible: not only preventable but reversible. Because traditional health care does too little to encourage the meaningful changes in patients’ lives that I knew were possible, I decided to open the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology. This will allow me time with each of my patients to produce measurable results in the prevention and reversal of heart disease.”
Dr. Arashvand’s practice is an innovative addition to the Austin medical scene. She is the first physician in Austin and among the first in Texas to offer non-invasive endothelial analysis using the EndoPAT. Her practice is comprehensive and holistic. Each patient receives a complete, tailored plan that addresses individual needs and preferences. Her practice isn’t focused on metrics and statistics; it’s a practice of relationships. “I am excited to provide this level of care to my patients and look forward to being an asset in their lives.”
If you are interested in learning more about your real risk for heart disease and how to make changes in your life that can transform your health, contact the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology, where the practice of medicine meets the practice of life.
Dr. Arashvand, DO graduated with honors from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas in 2003, then completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006, and her cardiology fellowship from Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, and a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Cardiology. Her primary specialties are preventive cardiology, lipids, metabolism, and heart disease in women.
Eleni Ottalagana, RDN, LD
Our staff nutritionist, Eleni Ottalagana, RDN, LD, is a passionate dietetic health advocate. Her experience in autoimmune disorders and other chronic health conditions, including allergies, digestive ailments and food sensitivities, is a perfect complement to Dr. Arashvand’s preventive approach.
Chronic inflammation is a significant component in every stage of heart disease, from the initial development of atherosclerosis to heart attacks and strokes, and many of the tests we run measure markers of inflammation. “You can’t treat heart disease without addressing diet,” says Eleni. “Every meal has an impact. Over time, our food choices make us sick or keep us well. A comprehensive nutrition plan is one of the best tools we have for reversing the damage done by heart disease and combating chronic inflammation.”
The first step is education. After an initial consultation, Eleni develops a comprehensive analysis that includes preferences and habits, allergies and conditions. Then, armed with clear data, she can begin the process of developing a detailed, tailored program designed to address specific issues and goals. But the program doesn’t end there — Eleni motivates each patient and creates accountability. This is the key to long-term success. “My experiences in both functional and integrative settings have made it clear that dietary recommendations are not enough. Lifestyle modifications must be thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented to improve long-term health.”
Eleni received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition-dietetics and eco-gastronomy at the University of New Hampshire. This innovative program examines links between the environment, food production, nutritional quality and health. She completed her dietetic internship at Virginia-Tech. We are delighted to bring her cutting-edge expertise to Austin!