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Q&A with Dr. Letts, Cardiologist

02-15-2015

A passion for learning and sharing that knowledge for the betterment of others is what inspired Dustin Letts, MD, to go into the medical field and specialize in Cardiology. “Cardiology provides many ways to impact almost every patient making every day very different from the last. The immediate gratification of treating a patient having a heart attack in the cath lab is very different – but no less rewarding in the long run – than effectively treating a patient with resistant hypertension.”

Dustin Letts, MD, is a Cardiologist at CaroMont Heart, Suite 300. He obtained his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Why di d you decide to become a physician?
I have always enjoyed the feeling of learning something then using that knowledge to help someone feel better. I never sat down and really planned a career; I just remember always wanting to be a physician and found my way through training into cardiology.

How did you become interested in cardiology?
I had several of my mentors in medical school and residency that were cardiologists. They seemed to really enjoy their work and demonstrated the type of physician that I wanted to be – someone who was extremely dedicated to their patients and worked hard to help improve the quality of others’ lives through a variety of procedures and applying the knowledge they had gained. Cardiology provides a lot of ways to impact almost every patient so that every day is very different from the last. The immediate gratification of treating a patient having a heart attack in the cath lab is very different – but no less rewarding – in the long run than effectively treating a patient with resistant hypertension.

What are some of the conditions you treat?
Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia

Why did you choose to practice at CaroMont Heart?
My family and I really enjoy living in Gastonia. The people in this community are very interconnected. The physicians in the area are extremely caring and easy to work with as well.

What are some of your hobbies/interests?
I have three girls, so when I am not working, they occupy most of my time. Outside of that, running is probably my favorite hobby. It is my way to decompress and relieve the stress from the day.

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