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Heart Specialist Consulting at Marietta Clinic

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013

Dr. Robert A. Benson

A heart specialist, Dr. Robert A. Benson, is now seeing patients at Mercy Health/Love County clinic.
New patients may obtain an appointment without referral by contacting the clinic at 276-2400, said clinic director Connie Barker.
Dr. Benson is in Marietta once a month. His main office is in Ardmore, telephone 226-1110.
He performs heart testing and surgery at Mercy Hospital Ardmore and at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and any concerns about heart health are reasons to consult a heart specialist, Benson said.
“By age 40, an assessment is good to have, and regular cholesterol checks can be done here,” he added.
Benson received his medical training from Tulane University in New Orleans and his cardiology specialty training in Albany, NY.
He is board certified in cardiology and internal medicine.
Connecticut born, Benson has lived for several years in Oklahoma, where, he said, he enjoys the warmth of the climate and the people.
There is a high incidence of heart disease in Oklahoma. However, Benson pointed out that heart disease is “the number one killer for men and women across the nation.”
To reduce risk factors, people can engage in proper exercise and diet, take medications when prescribed, and avoid smoking, he said.
Exercise strengthens the heart’s capacity to pump oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, while a balanced diet keeps fats from lining the arteries and restricting blood flow. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.