Luis López González, at the LA RAZÓN gala after receiving the award for Best Cardiology Specialist
On the occasion of European Heart Failure Awareness Day, on October 16 the Spanish Cardiology Study (SEC) carried out a study reporting that in Spain there are about 52,300 cardiac arrests per year: 22,300 in hospitals and 30,000 outside them. These figures stand in contrast to the 1,725 deaths there were in 2019 due to traffic accidents. Despite this, these accidents’ media impact is infinitely greater than that of cardiac arrest. There are also a thousand deaths per day from heart failure in the European Union.
Doctors and treatments to treat the most complex diseases will always be available to patients, but the idea to be implemented is to prevent people from ending up in situations that threaten their well-being and their lives. This is the approach that Dr. Luis López González takes daily, as his vocation has always been to improve people’s health and quality of life. Today, he is one of the most recognized specialists in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which is why LA RAZÓN bestowed its Best Cardiology Specialist award on him.
López holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Murcia, and is a dual specialist in Internal Medicine at Kullbergska Hospital in Katrineholm (Stockholm), and in Cardiology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Gothenburg). Although he was educated in Sweden, going back to 1999, in his veins runs only Spanish blood and, from abroad, he always harbored a desire to return to his native country to apply here everything he learned there.
“My motivation, ever since I was little, was always to help people. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a doctor because I didn’t like to see people suffer,” he told LA RAZÓN. Enthusiastic, he recalled being one of the few children who were curious to learn how the human body worked. “The way I see it, you can’t be a good doctor if there is no real vocational motivation,” he said. In his view, and based on his more than 15 years of experience at different European hospitals, “developing an engaged, personalized relationship with the patient is the true sign of dedication to providing quality care. It is only by combining these factors that we can earn the confidence required to diagnose and treat an organ as critical as the heart.”
Although his career is in Medicine, López also stands out for his knack for languages, as he has mastered five: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, and his native Spanish, a factor that has allowed him to provide optimal to patients of different nationalities.
Despite the fact that his offices are located on the coast of Alicante and Benidorm, Dr. López remains significantly engaged internationally because he continues to collaborate with foreign medical centers.
His facilities boast latest-generation technical equipment in order to make the very best technology available to his patients, thereby guaranteeing them the medical care they need. According to data from the centers López runs, the most common heart diseases and ailments are: myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, hypertension and heart failure. According to the specialist, going forward cardiology in Spain should focus on the preventive study of diseases in those patients who present risk factors, whether hereditary or for other reasons, making them more likely to develop heart-related pathologies in the future. “We must learn to identify whether we are at-risk people,” he said. In his view, better health education is also important, in light of the high rates of deaths from these diseases.
“In Spain there is set of excellent professionals. This makes us one of the leading countries in the world in Cardiology.” “Medicine is here to help,” added López, who reiterated his recommendation to promote prevention, even from childhood.