The Rio Grande Valley holds special memories and milestones for Dario Arango, MD, FACOG, and Maria C. Arango, MD. They spent about 25 years here, completing their medical residency training with South Texas Health System, establishing their solo practice, Arango Family and Industrial Clinic, raising their children, and enjoying the weather, food, and culture.
Now, after spending three years practicing medicine in Central Texas, they are returning to serve the RGV.
“It’s one of those places that you carry with you in your heart and you call home,” Dr. M. Arango explained.
The couple met at school in Monterey, Mexico, and decided to move to the United States following graduation. In September, they will reopen their RGV practice through South Texas Health System Clinics. As their loyal following can attest, their patients can expect excellent patient care.
“We always believe in the saying, ‘treat others as you would like to be treated,’” Dr. D. Arango said. “We’re going to treat [patients] with professionalism, respect, compassion, understanding — and all with the highest level of medical care.”
A prompt and pleasant experience can help ease the stress of a doctor’s appointment, he added. And with doctors who empathize with the health challenges facing RGV residents, patients can also expect sound, actionable advice.
“The Valley has a lot of its own issues — a lot of them around food,” Dr. M. Arango said. Both doctors personally support diet and lifestyles that steer clear of consuming animal products. “We hope that we can help our community by bringing awareness.”
“We know it’s hard to be compliant with food and understand patients are not always able to do so. They crave the food — we all do. The goal is for patients to try and control their medical problems with good habits,” Dr. D. Arango said.
The Arangos emphasize the power of treating patients’ whole health — their mind, body, and spirit, as one.
She urges patients to pay attention to everything from sudden weight loss and new pain to changes in your mood or your senses. Even noticing small differences could indicate the early stages of more serious health issues, giving doctors the opportunity to start life-saving treatment as soon as possible.
“Let’s say you’re diagnosed with borderline diabetes,” Dr. M. Arango said. “You want to take care of it and make all the changes necessary in your lifestyle to avoid the co-morbidities that will come with it. You have to see your body as a whole: ‘What are the changes I need to make so I can avoid more problems?’”
Dr. D. Arango recommends taking a few moments to examine a patient’s lifestyle in order to determine what needs to change. Are you eating processed foods? Are you exercising? Do you engage in habits like smoking, drugs, and drinking in excess? Find the areas you can fine-tune for greater health. For example, walking for 45 minutes a day five or six times a week is enough, he said. Or you can try shifting a diet centered around unhealthy food to a more natural diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes.
But perhaps one of the most important changes you can make for your health is the way you see yourself.
“If we think positive and we love ourselves, we are able to take better care of ourselves,” Dr. D. Arango said.
Dr. M. Arango agreed.
“We have to be good to ourselves,” she said. “We are our best friends and we only get one body. We have to take care of it.”
The same goes for how you support your own mental health and happiness. She encourages people to enjoy the relationships they share with friends and family, engage in hobbies, and complete community service projects.
“Serving others makes us feel very good, as does living life to the fullest,” she said. “We have to give our life some meaning.”
Learn more about the medical services available at Valley Care Clinics (transitioning into South Texas Health System Clinics) by visiting valleycareclinics.com.
RGV’S COMMON CONDITIONS
Drs. Dario and Maria Arango pinpointed the illnesses they manage and treat most often in patients in this region. They include:
- Thyroid issues
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Elevated cholesterol
- Back pain
- Kidney problems
- Respiratory problems
- Gastrointestinal problems