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“The heart is an amazing organ,” says Prasant (Sean) Pandey, M.D., the newest addition to the CH Cardiology team. “It has to beat every second from the day you’re born until your last day. The heart doesn’t rest, ever – it’s designed that way.”
This steady, predictable, reliability serves as a good metaphor for Dr. Pandey’s care philosophy. A Lehigh Valley resident for more than 12 years, Dr. Pandey is beloved among his many patients because of his good-natured personality and commitment to educating the people he cares for through relatable, easy-to-understand teaching.
When he explains the importance of good heart habits, Dr. Pandey draws on his engineering background to compare the heart to the engine of a car.
“It’s like if you take a 4-cylinder Toyota and try to tow something with it,” Dr. Pandey says of overloading the heart with unhealthy habits. “It’s not a good idea. You have to ‘unload the trunk’ by getting fitter, eating healthier, and keeping track of your cholesterol and blood pressure.”
Dr. Pandey specializes in many areas of preventative and diagnostic cardiology, including his particular area of interest – varicose veins. While not a condition that is typically associated with cardiology, varicose veins are a result of problems within the vascular system.
“The vascular system is more than just the heart. When it extends down to the leg, gravity and age, weight, having kids, all of these things put people at risk for having varicose veins.”
The procedure for treating varicose veins is called endovenous ablation, which is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed in both office and operating room environments. Through a needle incision, Dr. Pandey is able to find and close the enlarged veins through radio frequency or laser energy. The total treatment takes less than an hour and alleviates both aesthetic concerns and leg pain.
Dr. Pandey chose to join CH because of its physician-led, patient-centric care model. He says that the Goldilocks analogy of fitting “just right” between small and behemoth is exactly the kind of environment he wants to work in.
“CH’s size allows the flexibility to tailor the doctor-patient relationship,” he says. “That is the essence of what good care is. Patients may not understand the ins and outs of cardiology, but they understand the way you treat them.”
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