Dr. Umesh Patel

Preventive Medicine
Covington, LA
44 years experience male

Locations

Louisiana Heart Center

Covington, LA

Address

39 Starbrush Circle, Covington, LA, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Dysautonomia: Dysautonomia syndrome causes different symptoms alleviated by avoidance of stimulants, ensuring hydration, using magnesium, vitamin D & omega fis... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Splenectomy: The spleen is important in fighting infections so its removal for any reason requires that the patient receive pneumococcal vaccines regularly to prot... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Pelvic pain: Endometriosis (abnormal occurrence of uterine tissue outside the uterus (womb) can cause abdominal and pelvic pain around the time of the menstrual cy... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Abnormal tachycardia: Average resting heart rates in healthy people can range from the 50s to 70s, so an average resting heart rate of over 80 is usually considered abnorma... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Wound care: Skin wounds allow infection which delays healing. Clean wounds immediately with clean water to remove visible debris. Minor cuts can be dressed with o... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Lactation medication: No information on lisinopril during breastfeeding, prefer an alternate drug such as benazepril, enalapril, metoprolol or methyldopa. Hydrochlorothiazi... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Testicular issue: See a urologist ASAP to evaluate if there is damage to the blood supply of the testicle or other damage.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Blood Pressure Mx: Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasing sodium (salt) intake, avoiding alcohol and excessive stimulants such as caff... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
More information: To help you, more information needs to be provided about 1. The medical issue at hand, 2. Treatment planned or received 3. Results of any treatment, i... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Dysautonomia: Dysautonomia syndrome causes different symptoms alleviated by avoidance of stimulants, ensuring hydration, using magnesium, vitamin D & omega fis... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
There is a range: Ideal BP is below 120/70, acceptable BP is below 130/80. Consistent readings above these ranges need to be monitored and treated under the care of you... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Needs Rx adjustment!: The pm BP is too high, create a BP log over a few days and take to your doctor. Make lifestyle changes: exercise, loose excess weight, avoid salt, alc... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Prion diseases: •transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (tses) or prion diseases are a family of progressive neurodegenerative diseases of humans and animals that ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Small vessel disease: Small vessels in the lining of the gastro-intesstinal tract develop abnormally close to the lining and occasionaly bleed. Bleeding may be barely notic... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Part of the reason: Ageing causes stiffening of tissues, including the arterial walls which causes a gradual rise in BP with age.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Food poisoning: Food poisoning can irritate the stomach lining . Try otc medicines such as famotidine(pepcid) or Omeprazole (prilosec) and an antacid (mylanta or maal... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Blood Pressure: The top number is called systolic and refers to the maximum pressure in the blood vessel, whereas the lower number is called the diastolic and refers ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Carb Calories Count!: 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Temperate Best: For a healthy person there is no difference, for a heart patient a temperate climate is best to avoid excessive 'strain' to the heart in extremes of t... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Yes, Be Concerned!: Untreated high blood pressure is also called the "silent killer' because it causes damage to the heart, kidneys & brain. Any unexplained left (or righ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Blood Pressure: Stop: Use this link to calculate your ideal weight: http://www.Bmi-calculator.Net/. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising regularly, decreasin... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Maintain 'ideal body weight', exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, adequate sleep, don't stress.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Stomach ulcer: Spicy foods can iritate the stomach lining in some patients. Try otc medicines such as famotidine(pepcid) or Omeprazole (prilosec) and an antacid (myl... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Gastritis: Alcohol irritates the stomach lining . Try otc medicines such as famotidine(pepcid) or Omeprazole (prilosec) and an antacid (mylanta or maalox plus) .... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
No proven remedies!: 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Inflammation : Chest pain can be from inflamation of the lining of the lungs (pleurisy) caused by infection (pneumonia, etc) and other conditions. Pain may also ori... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Eat a balanced diet!: Google 'food pyramid' to learn about a healthy diet. Generally, try to eat more proteins and less carbohydrates & fats while maintaining pportion cont... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Sciatica: When a spur on the adjacent bone joint irritates a nerve leaving the spinal cord through the bony spinal column, a sensation of electrical shock is fe... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Eat a high fiber, moderate protein, low carb diet, exercise, relax, stop tobacco, keep BMI below 25.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Target heart rate: Your maximum heart rate in beats per minutes is based on how old you are. Generally, it is 220 minus your age. For most people, a target heart rate wh... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Avoid salt & certain BP drugs (Calcium blockers), wear support hose, elevate legs, walk more.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Controlling blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and weight decreases the risk of heart disease.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Ignore: Most statins work a little better if taken in the evening. Take in am if you tend to forget pm meds.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
DLP: Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels can result from genetic make up, poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, hormone issues (such as ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Dysautonomia - MVP : May have rapid heartbeats in association with dysautonomia / mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause pat... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Lump: Any unexplained lumps, especially ones that are enlarging, need to be evaluated by a doctor to rule out serious a underlying problem such as lymphoma,... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Stress testing: The circulation of the heart is evaluated by stress testing. Walking on a treadmill or injection of medicine has the effect of stressing the heart mus... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
SON: Your symptoms may be from blockage in the heart's blood supply vessels (coronary artery disease) or lung disease and need to be evaluated. If sympt... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
SSS: Normal heart rate at rest is between 60 and 70 beats per minute. In very fit individuals, it may be as low as 40 BPM without any symptoms of weakness ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
BP and Meds: Corcidin hbp is formulated to be safe for patients with high blood pressure, and can be taken by normal pressure patients, unless allergic to its comp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
LPR: Treatment includes inclining the torso when sleeping, avoiding chocolate, mint, caffeine, alcohol and large meals prior to bedtime. Acid reducing drug... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Blood Pressure: Meds: Ace inhibitors block the conversion angiotensin i to angiotensin ii, which constricts the vessels, increases the following: salt retention in the kidn... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Missed Medication : For most medications, a missed dose is not ideal but usually does no harm so just take the next dose on time. Missed blood pressure or blood sugar me... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
More information: To help you, more information needs to be provided about 1. The medical issue at hand, 2. Treatment planned or received 3. Results of any treatment, i... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Neck pain: Spasm of the neck & shoulders muscles occurs from poor posture, especially while using devices (e.g.. phone, tablet , laptop or desk computer), ca... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Lipomas: Lipomas are non-cancerous growth of fat cells within a fibrous capsule, sometimes hereditary, often in multiple locations, unrelated to cholesterol or... Read More
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Testimonials
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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.
HealthTap member
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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