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Heart & Vascular Institute

Why choose Ochsner Health for your cardiology care?

Many of the most important things in life, from having opportunities to do things you’re passionate about and make memories with the people you love to your ability to accomplish your goals, hinge on the health of your heart. At the John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute, a skilled, diverse team of cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons and more uses state-of-the-art treatments to help patients reach their potential by improving or maintaining heart health. That’s why people from Louisiana, Mississippi and many other states and countries trust our comprehensive care for heart disease and related conditions.

What sets us apart for heart and vascular care? We’ve been a pioneer in this field for decades, starting with performing the first heart transplant in the region in 1970. We also performed the region’s first pediatric heart transplant and first total artificial heart implant, implanted a pacemaker in the youngest patient on record, invented percutaneous atrial septal defect closure, and led the way in using a smartwatch to help manage high blood pressure.

From using digital technology to monitor blood pressure and performing the latest minimally invasive procedures in our cardiac catheterization laboratory to conducting research into all aspects of cardiovascular care, the Heart & Vascular Institute is adding to our rich history of caring for patients’ hearts. Whether you’re looking to reduce your heart disease risk or need care for an acute or chronic cardiovascular condition, your heart is in good hands at Ochsner.

At the Heart & Vascular Institute, we care for patients with a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm — swelling in the aorta, one of the body’s major arteries
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), including atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiogenic shock — a medical emergency due to insufficient blood flow to the brain and organs
  • Chronic total occlusion — complete blockage of an artery in the heart
  • Congenital heart disease — structural heart abnormalities that are present at birth
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Critical limb ischemia — significant blockages in arteries outside the heart
  • Heart disease and stroke risk factors, including hypertension (high blood pressure) and unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral vascular disease (peripheral artery disease) — narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart, often in the legs
  • Pulmonary hypertension — high blood pressure affecting the lungs
  • Restenosis — narrowing of a heart artery previously treated with angioplasty or stenting
  • Structural heart disease, including diseases of the heart valves

To develop an effective treatment plan, we need an accurate diagnosis. That’s why we offer a variety of noninvasive diagnostic options, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac CT
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitoring

From medications and minimally invasive procedures to complex surgery, our team offers the full range of treatments and services for cardiovascular disease, including:

  • Heart failure management
  • Management of high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Treatment for arrhythmias, including medications, implantable devices and surgery
  • Treatment for congenital heart disease in adults and children, including cardiac catheterization and surgery
  • Valve disease care, including a variety of surgical and minimally invasive treatments

Ochsner's consultative cardiology team is led by experienced, highly trained cardiologists, all with a wealth of experience second to none in the region. They use their knowledge and expertise to provide comprehensive cardiovascular services. The consultative cardiology team at Ochsner:

  • Works closely with each patient's referring physician to devise an individual care plan
  • Coordinates with Ochsner sub specialists to provide world-class care for complex cases
  • Offers second opinions to both self-referred and physician-referred patients
  • Manages the day-to-day aspects of heart disease
  • Provides preoperative cardiac assessment for organ transplant patients

Consultative cardiologists frequently treat patients with:

  • Coronary heart disease (atherosclerosis)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol)
  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats and rapid heartbeats)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (leg pain with walking)
  • Valvular heart disease

Consultative cardiology is a key component of the Ochsner Hypertension Digital Medicine Program. Patients with complicated and hard-to-treat hypertension often find the solutions they seek at Ochsner. This program utilizes advanced wireless technology to help patients manage and treat high blood pressure.

The most effective cardiovascular care requires the input of a variety of specialists and subspecialists to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. That’s why multidisciplinary care is a hallmark of the Heart & Vascular Institute. Our clinicians collaborate at every stage of care, from prevention or maintenance of heart disease to complex cases requiring surgery.

Multidisciplinary care takes a variety of forms. These include dedicated clinics, such as the Women’s Heart Clinic and Cardio-Oncology Clinic, where multispecialty care often plays a key role. In addition, the Heart & Vascular Institute team holds regular multidisciplinary conferences that bring together all specialists and subspecialists to discuss patient cases.

For many patients with heart disease, care often begins by seeing one of our consultative clinical cardiologists. These clinicians take a leading role in patient care by coordinating care plans with referring physicians, managing heart disease and referring to subspecialists, when appropriate.

The Heart & Vascular Institute offers cardiovascular care to serve Louisiana and Mississippi, including in New Orleans, Shreveport, Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Find a location near you.

Our depth of experience and expertise make the Heart & Vascular Institute a leading destination for cardiovascular care, including heart transplants. We’re one of a small number of institutions in the U.S. to have performed more than 1,000 transplants. In addition, we’ve performed more than 2,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacements, and we have the region’s largest comprehensive center for management of arrhythmias.

National organizations have taken note of our high-quality cardiovascular care. U.S. News & World Report named Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans a High-Performing Hospital for 2022-2023 in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart failure, heart attack, stroke and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The American College of Cardiology awarded the Heart & Vascular Institute its Transcatheter Valve Certification and Electrophysiology Accreditation.

FAQs

Cardiovascular virtual visits are available when an in-person visit is not necessary.

Cardiologists diagnose and treat conditions that affect the heart. Vascular physicians diagnose and treat conditions of the blood vessels outside the heart.

Cardiologists can recommend a variety of healthy lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, following a heart-healthy eating plan, increasing physical activity, and getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. For some people, blood pressure medication may be necessary to supplement healthy lifestyle changes. Cardiologists can prescribe a variety of medicines to help treat high blood pressure.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Heart & Vascular Institute

Heart & Vascular Institute Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 12:28 a.m.-12:28 a.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
4864 Jackson St.
Monroe, LA 71202
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock
149 Drinkwater Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Luling
1057 Paul Maillard Road
Luling, LA 70070
Ochsner Heart and Vascular Health Center - Hammond
16045 Doctors Blvd.
Hammond, LA 70403
  • Monday–Friday: 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Metairie
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
  • Mon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tues–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065