Parul Desai, MD

Parul M. Desai, MD

Cardiology
4.8of 5 | (468) | View Reviews
About our provider ratings

Accepting new patients Available at Multiple Locations Ages seen: 18 - 99 Joined ARC: 2018

About Parul M. Desai, MD

  • Dr. Desai grew up in diverse places, including Zambia, India, and Los Angeles. When she is not working, Dr. Desai loves to be outdoors – hiking, swimming, biking, and mainly walking on the trail near her house. Her other passions include travel, reading, and live music. However, much of her free time is spent being a mom! Dr. Desai goes to her children’s soccer and basketball games, and she enjoys watching Ultimate Frisbee and the Austin Torch. She also volunteers monthly at Mobile Loaves & Fishes, and at People’s Community Clinic.

In choosing a career, I found that medicine allowed me to apply science to help and change the lives of patients and, more importantly, allowed me to form a personal and long-term involvement with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. Cardiology transfixed me early: the physiology of the heart, the physical exam, the breadth and depth of the disease, and the many tools to actually make a long-term difference. I believe in suspending judgment, walking in the patient’s shoes, and educating the patient about why a medication or procedure will work. Knowing my patient’s wishes and belief system helps guide me.

Services

Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring

Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring

Cardiac rhythm monitoring helps measure the rhythm of your heart in order to identify an irregular heart rhythm disorders.

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Echocardiogram with Interpretation

Echocardiogram with Interpretation

An echocardiogram (echo) is a noninvasive procedure used to check the heart's function and structures.

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Nuclear Stress Testing

Nuclear Stress Testing

Nuclear stress tests use a small amount of radioactive tracer and an imaging machine to create pictures showing blood flow.

Stress Echocardiogram

Stress Echocardiogram

Stress echocardiography uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart works to pump blood to your body. It can help detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart from narrowing in the coronary arteries.

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Stress Testing

Stress Testing

A stress test shows how your heart works during physical activity, revealing problems with blood flow within your heart. We offer three basic types of stress testing: exercise/treadmill stress tests, nuclear stress tests, and stress echocardiograms.

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Telemedicine Visits

Telemedicine Visits

ARC offers telemedicine visits for primary and specialty care. Doctors can quickly evaluate you for a new health issue or follow up with you via a phone call or video visit from the comfort of your home.

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Treadmill Stress Testing

Treadmill Stress Testing

A treadmill test helps a doctor determine how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.

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Locations & Hours

Credentials

  • Board Certifications
    Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine
  • Medical School
    Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1992
  • Fellowship
    Cardiology Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, CA, 1998
  • Residency
    University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1995
  • Education
    B.A. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Spanish, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1986
  • Professional Positions
    • Chief, ARC Cardiology Department
    • Fellow, American College of Cardiology
    • Texas Medical Association
    • Travis County Medical Society
  • Awards & Honors
    • Austin’s Top Doctors, Austin Monthly, 20212022 
    • "Super Doctors," Texas Monthly, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023

Patient Reviews

OVERALL PROVIDER RATING

Rating based on "Did the healthcare provider or doctor provide the care you expected?"

4.8out of 5
  • April 18, 2024

    Dr. Desai is thorough and attentive. I appreciate her personal interaction and patience in clarifying issues and answering questions. She has been proactive in addressing my health care concerns. I feel she has my best interest at heart.

  • April 17, 2024

    I can only say everything went smoothly and was well informed

  • April 17, 2024

    Dr Desai was very thorough and easy to talk to. Highly recommend her

  • April 16, 2024

    She took time explaining everything.

  • April 16, 2024

    Dr Desai is not only kind and compassionate, but she is a superb communicator and brilliant diagnostician. Thank you for a wonderful visit.

  • April 16, 2024

    Everything was done professionally.

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