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Dr. Umesh Patel

Preventive Medicine
Covington, LA
43 years experience male

Locations

Louisiana Heart Center

Covington, LA

Address

39 Starbrush Circle, Covington, LA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

9858714483

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana

Cigna

Humana Insurance Company

Coventry Health Care

United HealthCare Insurance Company

CHAMPUS

Medicare

Aetna

About

Bio

After graduating from University of London Medical School, England in 1979, I completed ten years of specialist training in England and at Tulane Medical School, New Orleans. While caring for patients over the past 40 plus years, I earned multiple Board Certifications and held many leadership positions. Apart from diagnostic and preventative cardiology, have a special interest in Dysautonomia a.k.a. ‘The Invisible Disease’, which is at the root of many conditions e.g. Orthostatic Hypotension (OH), POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Tachycardia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Unexplained Swelling, Raynaud’s, Excessive Sweating, Temperature intolerance, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Mental Fog, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Adrenal & Thyroid Insufficiency, Irritable Bowel , etc

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Preventive Medicine

Cardiology

Licenses

United States: Louisiana, Texas

Doctor Q&A

236 Answers
365 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Activity / Portions!: Non-insulin dependent diabetes is related to obesity, which is caused by excessive intake of carbs, such as those present in sugars for all sources. T... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
No proven remedy!: Common colds are self-limited and there are no proven 'cures'. Some claim that extra vitamin c and echinacea based supplements help. Simple treatments... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Blood Pressure Treat: Ace inhibitors block the conversion angiotensin i to angiotensin ii, which constricts the vessels, increases the following: salt retention in the kidn... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Blood Pressure Treat: Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding alcohol and excessive stimulants such as caff... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Drug Side Effect: Usually heart rate varies between 60 and 100 beats per minute depending on activity level, age, presence of illness, use of medications, stimulants, ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Generics: Brand drugs are manufactured by the original company using their original standards that were tested by the clinical researchers, allowing the product... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Dysautonomia: Dysautonomia syndrome causes different symptoms, avoid stimulants, ensuring hydration, using magnesium, vitamin D & omega fish oils (www.cardiam... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Lab testing : To minimize variables that may affect lab results, it is standard practice to do fasting lab work. For a lipid panel, the triglyceride component is ve... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Antibiotic response : Antibiotics may take 24 to 48 hours to kick in their full effects. If symptoms of infection are not improving by 72 hours, the patient should be reeva... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Dysautonomia: Dysautonomia syndrome causes different symptoms alleviated by avoidance of stimulants, ensuring hydration, using magnesium, vitamin D & omega fis... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Anxiety & Depression: Anxiety and depression are treated with SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Release Inhibitors)e.g. Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, etc, together with anxiol... Read More
A 77-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Pulse Rate: Usually heart rate varies between 60 and 100 beats per minute depending on activity level, age, presence of illness, use of medications, stimulants, ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Dysautonomia: Dysautonomia syndrome may cause these symptoms. Try avoidance of stimulants, ensuring hydration, using magnesium, vitamin D, omega fish oils (www.car... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Lovenox (enoxaparin) : Lovenox (enoxaparin) does not increase INR as it works on a different part of the coagulation pathway as compared to warfarin (Coumadin). Blood lev... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Sweaty palms are not due to cardiac issues, More likely there is some autonomic dysfunction which is causing excessive sweat gland stimulation. A derm... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Increase soluble fiber intake & activity level, eat more salt water fish or use 3 fish oils.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
TIA: When there is build up of material in the lining of the neck vessels aka plaque or atherosclerosis, firm manipulation of the overlying tissues may ca... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Spider bite: Take a picture of the bitten area and then again if the area changes. If it gets worse see the doctor /urgent care clinic ASAP. Can try OTC Neosporin ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Dysautonomia - MVP : You may have dysautonomia which is associated with mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause patients anx... Read More
A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Pericardiectomy.: Sometimes low blood pressure may be due to constriction of the pericardial sac within which the heart is located. Pericardiectomy refers to a surgical... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Foot drop: Lack of ability to maintain muscle tone after repetitive activity may be from issues with the metabolism, nervous system or the muscles themselves. Se... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Muscles: Shocks: At low energy levels, electric shocks stimulate the individual muscle cells to twitch singly. At medium energy levels, the muscle cells contract as a ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Shocks: At low energy levels, electric shocks stimulate the individual muscle cells to twitch singly. At medium energy levels, the muscle cells contract as a ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Troponin leak: Vasospastic angina (coronary spasm) and coronary artery bridging (artery dives through heart muscle, thereby is compressed with each beat) may be asso... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Blood Pressure Info: Blood pressure tends to rise gradually with age due to stiffening of the blood vessels and body tissues. Some patients are diagnosed as children, most... Read More
A 86-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Possibly: A common cause of fine red spots on limbs and / or the trunk is medication reaction. Ask your doctor and pharmacist.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Heartbeat & Oranges: Rapid intake of sugar, as occurs after eating a sweet orange, causes an Insulin spike that makes the blood sugar level drop quickly. The heart becomes... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Skin disease: •multisystem, chronic disease characterized by oral and genital mucocutaneous ulcerations, skin rashes, arthritis, thrombophlebitis, uveitis, colitis,... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Normal brain waves: Normal if pertaining to brain wave activity. No such verbiage is used in cardiology.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Allergies : Seasonal allergies can be treated with OTC medications such as generic Zyrtec, Claritin, or Seldane, with generic Flonase and Cromolyn nasal sprays p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Probably 'begnin': The electrical system of the heart sends regular pulses to the heart muscle to signal it to contract. Many things can disturb this natural rhythm eg e... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Need cardiologist!: Your symptoms may be from blockage in the heart's blood supply vessels (coronary artery disease) and need to be evaluated asap. If you can tolerate as... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Probably 'begnin': The electrical system of the heart sends regular pulses to the heart muscle to signal it to contract. Many things can disturb this natural rhythm eg e... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Probably normal.: Generally, BP is in 110/70 range in young healthy people - recheck pressures on different machines and at doctor's office also if low - they need to l... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Eczema / dermatitis: Atopic eczema / dermatitis: see http://www.eczema.org/emollients, ask MD to consider rxs for an emollient [e.g. Aqua Care 10 % topical cream] which ca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Test Result: Sometimes a test measurement will look abnormal on one evaluation and then normal on another simply due to minor differences in operator skill, type o... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
RLS: Restless leg syndrome (RLS) or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is commoner in females and may be associated with use of caffeine and alcohol, as well ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Contrave: It can help patients with weight loss, but I modify the protocol to start with one pill q dy for a week, then increase every 1 to 2 weeks AS TOLERATE... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Weaning medications : Beta blockers such as propranolol and metoprolol should generally be weaned off gradually-the higher the dose the slower the process. In this particul... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Discuss with your MD: Western medicine offers many wonderful treatments, many that are derived from extensive research of the active component of a 'natural' cure e.g. Aspi... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Ask md if ok to: take aspirin, statin, beta-blocker, ace or arb medications and increase activity.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Probably normal: Heart rate tends to increase with the extra demands of exercise; the amount of the increase depends on the type of activity and its intensity. General... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Ignore: Adding a daily magnesium supplement often helps symptoms.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Hypertension: Hypertension is caused by age related stiffening of the vascular system, worsened by excess weight, excess sodium intake, lack of exercise, use of tob... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Medication effects: Sometimes medicated eye drops are absorbed into the blood stream and can exert effects on other organ systems. In certain patients beta blocker drugs... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Inflammation : Inspiratory chest pain can be from inflamation of the lining of the lungs (pleurisy) caused by infection (pneumonia, etc) and other conditions. Pain ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Stomach ulcer: Lining of the stomach is inflammed and sensitive - try 'acid relievers' and 'antacids' and see a doctor to ensure there is nothing more serious causin... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
OTC PAIN RX: Otc (over the counter) pain medication such as Acetaminophen can often be used in addition to nsaids such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen to relieve pain. Co... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Anxiety-HTN: Anxiety causes release of adrenaline like compounds which stiffen the blood vessel walls, increase the heart's efficiency and divert blood to the crit... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Puffy Eyes: Puffiness around the eyes may result from any of the following: seasonal allergies, reaction to substances applied on the skin and hair or on the eye ... Read More

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Jul 2, 2015
I learn a great deal from Dr. Patel. He deals warmly and expertly with patients and colleagues alike.
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Jul 24, 2015
The single most fabulous, intelligent, hard working, caring and compassionate doctor I have ever been seen by or heard of from anyone!
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Sep 5, 2015
Dr. Patel is wonderful. He listens to what you say and understands most of what you can't explain.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have resubmitted my question in a shorter amount of words. Thank you for your help!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks Dr for your reply,but this CKMB could be considered as normal?m
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your quick answer very helpful indeed advice well noted

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of London School of Medicine, University College, England
Graduated 1979MD

Medical/Graduate school

Tulane University School of Medicine, LA
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

Kent, England - Family Medicine Residency

Residency

London, England - Internship

Residency

TULANE MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1987

Awards

Multiple American Medical Association's Physician Recognition Award Certificates
Fellow of American College of Cardiology
Member of American Society of Echocardiography

Affiliations

American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
American Stroke Association
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