Ochsner’s Cardio-Oncology Clinic is a collaboration between the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute and the Ochsner Cancer Institute. One of just a few in the United States, our innovative program specializes in treating the cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatments to increase the overall well-being for cancer patients and survivors.
Our team of cardiology and oncology specialists is dedicated to working together using an innovative approach designed to prevent and reduce cardiovascular issues that arise from cancer treatment. Cardio-oncology serves patients before, during and after their cancer treatment. Our team of experts stand by patients every step of the way to ensure the best possible outcomes and quality care. With cardio-oncology care at Ochsner, you’re never alone.
Awards and Accolades
Ochsner Health’s cardiology and oncology departments have received numerous awards and accolades over the years for the level of expertise and commitment to patients, as well as providing quality care and forging new paths for cardiovascular and oncology care.
How do I make an appointment?
Whether newly diagnosed, undergoing cancer treatment or have completed treatment, if you are at risk for developing cardiovascular issues, you will receive a comprehensive assessment by our specialists. During this consultation, your overall cardiovascular health is reviewed and any necessary tests will be performed. Our specialists will then develop an individual treatment plan to maximize your cardiovascular health and ensure your heart remains strong during and after cancer treatment.
To find out if you are at risk, speak with your doctor or call us today at 504-842-4135.
Meet the Team
Ochsner's cardio-oncology team is comprised of top-tier physicians who specialize in cardio-oncology care and are committed to putting their patients first. Our team of cardiology and oncology specialists are dedicated to working together using an innovative approach designed to prevent and minimize cardiovascular issues that arise from cancer treatment.
Andrew Elagazi, MD
Treatment and Services
When a patient is diagnosed with cancer and choose to undergo treatment, they want to know how treatment will affect their heart and what steps they can take to care for their heart during treatment.
Cardio-oncology serves patients before, during and after their cancer treatment in one of three following pathways:
- Pre-treatment: Patients will choose surveillance care, where they receive treatment and care from our expert team before their cancer treatment begins
- During treatment: Patients will undergo care from our team while also receiving their cancer treatment
- After treatment: Patients will receive care after their cancer treatment has ended for continued monitoring of their heart health. To receive cardio-oncology care after treatment, please consult with your physician or call to request.
Some common tests performed while undergoing treatment are blood work, Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Echocardiogram.
Cardio-oncology offers screening services and treatment plans prior to cancer treatment, surveillance care during cancer treatment, treatment of any cardiovascular complications from cancer treatment, treatment of routine cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension(HTN), hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease (CAD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and long-term surveillance and treatment care once cancer treatment is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the risks to my heart while undergoing cancer treatment?
Chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment can cause stress to the entire body, especially the heart. Some risks to the heart while receiving cancer treatment are:
- Hypertension or elevation of your blood pressure
- Heart arrhythmias
- Congestive heart failure or weakening of your heart muscle
- Increased risk for development of blood clots
How will my heart be monitored throughout cancer treatment?
Various tests can be used to monitor your heart during treatment which may include ECG's, blood tests to monitor your heart biomarkers and advanced imaging techniques, such as echocardiography with strain.
What will happen if cancer treatment affects my heart?
If your cancer treatment affects your heart, we will consult with your oncologist to devise a plan to continue to safely treat your cancer and your heart. Medications used to treat congestive heart failure will commonly be prescribed.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment with cardio-oncology care, please see your cardiologist or oncologist for a referral. You can also call us today at 504-842-4135.