US News Cardiology 2014-2015

Heart & Vascular Services

Ochsner Heart and Vascular

The Ochsner Cardiovascular Network offers heart procedures so revolutionary they aren't available anywhere else in the region.  We are the first in the area to offer more effective ways to manage heart failure, non-surgical methods of repairing heart valves and laser technology to remove implanted heart devices. By providing the finest patient care available anywhere, combined with modern and technologically-sophisticated diagnostic and treatment capabilities, we offer a complete and comprehensive approach to the management of cardiovascular disease. It’s no surprise people from all over the world come here for heart care.

Our flagship, the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI) is a comprehensive cardiac and vascular tertiary care center, located at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, with over 40 staff Cardiologists representing a continuum of care unmatched in the Gulf Coast region.

Through ongoing research initiatives, physician training programs and clinical trials, JOHVI continues to set the standard for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

This quality care can be accessed at multiple locations across Ochsner Health System including locations on the West Bank, in Kenner, on the North Shore, and in the Bayou Region.

Take a heart health risk assessment:

Heart Health Risk Assessment Request An Appointment

To schedule a cardiology appointment in your area, call:

  • Greater New Orleans Area & Metairie: 888-317-3717
  • Kenner: 504-443-9500
  • West Bank: 504-371-9355
  • Raceland/Bayou Region: 985-537-2666
  • North Shore: Covington, Mandeville or Abita Springs: 985-875-2828
  • Slidell: 985-639-3777
  • Baton Rouge: 225-761-5200

Ochsner Cardiovascular Network Services

Congenital Heart Program Consultative Cardiology Electrophysiology
Heart Transplant Heart Valve Program Non-Invasive Imaging
Research & Clinical Trials Interventional Cardiology Vascular Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery Aortic Services Heart Failure
Pediatric Cardiology Vascular/Endovascular Surgery  

Ochsner Heart Care Awarded for Top-Quality

U.S. News and World Report
  • Ranked High Performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2014-2015
  • Ranked #24 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2013-2014
  • Ranked #20 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2012-2013 
  • Ranked #22 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2011 - 2012
  • Ranked #23 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2010 - 2011
  • Ranked #23 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2009 - 2010
  • Ranked #48 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 2008 - 2009
  • Ranked #42 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 1999 - 2000
  • Ranked #32 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 1998 - 1999
  • Ranked #36 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 1997 - 1998
  • Ranked #36 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in 1996 - 1997
US News Cardiology 2014-2015
Thomson Reuters

One of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals of 2011

Thompson Reuters

Ochsner ranked among the top five of Louisiana hospitals in the following areas:

  • Cardiology Services
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Overall Cardiac Services

Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus awarded Five-Stars for Coronary Interventional Procedures and Treatment of Heart Attack.


Symptoms of Cardiac Disease

As it produces no symptoms, cardiac disease is a difficult disease to detect in its early stages. Overt symptoms are not produced in its early stages and cardiac disease is a disease that takes many years to develop. Often referred to as a silent killer, there are some symptoms that is indicative of the possibility of cardiac disease and these symptoms include:

  • Chest or arm discomfort during activity
  • Unexplained feeling of fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of dizziness or nausea
  • Abnormal heart beats (palpitations)

In most cases, individuals are alerted to their cardiac disease through a heart attack or a stroke. The American Heart Association lists these warning signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness, particularly on only one side, of the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion particularly trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble in seeing either in one or both eyes
  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden feeling of dizziness
  • Sudden appearance of a severe headache with no known cause

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts longer than a few minutes or comes and goes in succession
  • The spreading of pain from the chest to one or both arms, back, jaw, or stomach
  • The presence of cold sweats and the feeling of nausea