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PRIDE PARTNER: Dr. Meg Sullivan Aims to Help Other Live Their Best

In Dr. Meg Sullivan’s world, testing and helping people live life to the fullest are the heart of the matter. The Ennis cardiologist consults with those who have already experienced heart problems, and she is on the lookout for people who have problems but probably don’t know it.
“I want people to live the best life they can,” she said.

Dr. Sullivan practices general cardiology and offers outpatient echocardiograms, stress tests, and tests of defibrillators and pacemakers. She evaluates people for chest pain, heart failure, blockages, heart rhythm problems, and does preoperative assessments and preventive cardiology. She also cares for patients with established heart artery disease and heart failure, including those who have undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, stents, or heart valve replacements. Leg pain related to heart disease and sleep apnea also get her attention.

When things are beyond her capabilities in Ennis, she uses several different cardiologists in Dallas with various super-subspecializations. This includes procedures like cardiac catheterizations, heart surgeries, and complex heart rhythm procedures. “I try to do many things here locally for convenience, but when it can’t be done here or is beyond the scope of general cardiology, I know to whom patients should be referred,” she said.

The traditional stress test is a great tool and she uses it a lot, she said, because it tells a cardiologist a lot about a person’s heart health. She often adds other testing such as calcium scoring (offered locally) or specialized CT scans of the heart to give her more information in cases where a stress test may be normal but patients are still having symptoms and want a clearer picture of their heart. “Sometimes patients are wondering about the cause of chest pain or shortness of breath, but they also may want an idea of their long term risk for a heart attack,” she said. “I try to give them an idea of their burden of heart disease.”
Dr. Sullivan said her team can deliver that complete picture.

“I’ve had the same sonographer – Anne Ludwig – since I opened in 2010. She is amazing. We work together very closely.”

Dr. Sullivan said that in larger practices or in hospitals, sonographers and cardiologists don’t necessarily have that type of ongoing, consistent working relationship.

In addition to the services she offers at her office in Ennis Doctors Center, Dr. Sullivan also does some procedures at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and sees patients in consultation at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Sullivan said that during many of her consultations, even if she does not find evidence of heart disease, she counsels patients on the latest evidence in nutrition and exercise – on how to do the healthy things that allow people to stay well and live the best life they can.

Dr. Sullivan graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. She is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Sullivan is involved in many community activities in Ennis and is bullish on the town’s potential. Likewise, she enjoys her practice here and encourages people to give her the opportunity to help them with possible cardiology work, rather than spend more time and money to go to a larger, more-costly facility for simple testing.

Unlike a lot of cardiologists, she is completely independent and owns her own practice. She has no partners. It means she’s available to her patients 24-7. But that’s OK with her.
“I love my practice,” she said, straight from the heart.

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