Laura Jacobs, M.D. discovered her love for cardiology while attending Baylor College of Medicine. She considers it a privilege to be involved with her patients’ health care and says, “The actions we take at each follow-up visit in both the treatment and the prevention of heart disease have the potential to make a dramatic impact on the patient’s entire life. Our goal is to help patients live without limitations from their heart disease to the greatest extent possible.”
While Dr. Jacobs employs all the latest high-tech cardiovascular tools at her disposal for the treatment of coronary disease, valvular disease, heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions, she knows that the active involvement of the patient in prevention is essential in order for them to enjoy the highest quality of life. She explains, “I try to approach every patient individually as a partnership…he or she is not coming to me for pills, they are coming to me for advice.”
Dr. Jacobs is optimistic about advances in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary disease (blocked arteries) and promotes the importance of risk reduction in her practice. In addition to the well-publicized impact of treating high cholesterol, smoking cessation, controlling hypertension and diabetes, routine exercise programs and weight control, she also emphasizes the importance of nutritional supplements and aspirin. “In the early stages of coronary disease and before any obvious symptoms,” she says, “the risk for heart attack can be just as high as in the later stages that do produce symptoms such as chest pain.” Dr. Jacobs believes that early detection and a regimen of lifestyle modification, medication and nutritional supplements can greatly reduce heart attack and stroke.