Dermatology appointment leads to life-saving cardiac care

Dermatology appointment leads to life-saving cardiac care

Christopher Bengson MD, MHS, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist for the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Ariz., and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, was named an American Academy of Dermatology Patient Care Hero for making a life-saving recommendation that prevented a heart attack in a psoriasis patient.


Roger Richards struggled with painful psoriasis for 20 years, which had a significant impact on his confidence and quality of life. Richards began seeing Dr. Bengson when his initial treatment was no longer working. They developed a strong and trusting relationship over many years and as his skin improved, he confided in Dr. Bengson about other health concerns. During a check-up, he shared he was having minor chest pains and was concerned that his blood pressure medication was no longer effective. After performing a brief exam, Dr. Bengson recommended Richards go to the Arizona Heart Hospital immediately.


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