Heart and Vascular

Heart disease is one of the most costly and deadly ailments affecting America today, ranking as the leading cause of death for both men and women. Tune in to our Heart and Vascular podcasts to hear Ochsner Health System professionals discuss heart health.


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Podcasts: Heart and Vascular

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Recent Podcasts

Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest

By Stephen Jenkins, MD

Dr. Jenkins discusses the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. A heart attack is a blockage of the coronary artery where the blood flow is limited and the person has damage to their heart muscle. Cardiac arrest is a problem with the electrical rhythm of the heart where you develop conditions and the heart muscle become chaotic and no longer properly pumps blood.  Causes for these conditions include the following risk factors: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and are generally the same risk factors as those associated with heart disease.  Patients that are more at risk are those with more risk factors. Prevention is the key when it comes to heart disease. Risk factors can be limited by living a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dr. Jenkins practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital. He can be reached at (504) 842-7690.

Alpha-1 Deficiency

By Glenn Gomes

, MD

Alpha-1 is a protein produced by the liver that protects the lungs from natural enzymes.  Without this protein, lung tissue is slowly destroyed leading to problems such as alpha-1 emphysema. 
Ochsner Pulmonologist Dr. Glenn Gomes discusses who is most likely to be alpha-1 deficient.
Dr. Gomes practices at Ochsner Health Center on Summa Avenue and O’Neal Lane and can be reached at 225-761-5271.

Cholesterol Management

By Timothy Riddell

, MD

Twenty percent of today’s adults have a cholesterol level higher than 240, which is considered high.  Having high cholesterol puts you at risk for other illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, peripheral artery disease and heart disease. 
Lifestyle changes such as a low fat, balanced diet and regular exercise can lower your cholesterol.  Dr. Riddell discusses the difference in HDL and LDL and offers additional tips for lowering your bad numbers and boosting your good numbers.
Dr. Riddell practices at Ochsner Health Center in Covington and can be reached at 985-875-2828.