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Interventional Cardiology

Why choose Ochsner Health for your interventional cardiology care?

When your heart is in need, you want quality care, close to home. At the John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute, our interventional cardiology team focuses 100% on interventional procedures. They work with a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists to provide expert diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the hearts and blood vessels of residents in Louisiana and Mississippi, and they’re pleased to offer their services to you.

Each year, our interventional cardiologists perform nearly 4,000 procedures, making our internationally renowned team one of the most experienced in the nation. Our team includes national leaders from the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the Society of Vascular Medicine, and they’re all dedicated to reaching the same goals: nonsurgical treatment and prevention of heart attack, limb loss, stroke and structural heart disease.

Ochsner doctors provide interventional cardiology services across Louisiana and Mississippi. Find a location near you.

Unable to reach one of our locations? Virtual visits allow you to see your care team in the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection and smartphone or computer. Then you can go to your follow-up interventional cardiology appointments wherever you are.

Through interventional cardiology, minimally invasive procedures treat structural heart conditions affecting coronary arteries, heart valves and more. A few conditions that interventional cardiologists treat and prevent include:

  • Atrial fibrillation — irregular heart rhythm
  • Cardiomyopathy — heart muscle that is thick and stiff
  • Chronic mesenteric ischemia — blocked arteries leading to the intestines
  • Congenital heart defects — conditions that are present from birth, such as atrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale and ventricular septal defect
  • Coronary heart disease — blocked arteries leading to the heart
  • Disease of the veins
  • Myocardial infarction — heart attack
  • Renal artery stenosis — blocked arteries leading to the kidneys
  • Renovascular hypertension — high blood pressure in arteries leading to the kidneys, a complication of renal artery stenosis
  • Peripheral artery disease — blocked arteries leading to the arms and legs
  • Pulmonary embolism — a blocked artery in the lung, usually caused by a blood clot
  • Stroke
  • Structural heart disease
  • Varicose veins

At Ochsner, our interventional cardiology team uses the latest diagnostic advances for an accurate diagnosis. These include:

  • Fractional flow reserve to identify restricted blood flow
  • Intravascular ultrasound for detecting the presence and severity of blockages inside arteries
  • Optical coherence tomography to get a high-definition view of the inside of your coronary arteries

With an accurate diagnosis, our team develops an individualized care plan. Interventional cardiology specializes in detecting and treating conditions with thin, flexible tubes called catheters. The interventional cardiologist guides the catheter to the suspected problem area and uses special imaging technology to see inside the arteries and valves. These procedures may prevent the need for open-heart surgery.

A few catheter-based procedures offered include:

  • Alcohol septal ablation thins thick heart walls caused by cardiomyopathy.
  • Angioplasty and stenting (also known as percutaneous coronary intervention) helps open blocked or narrowed arteries.
  • Atherectomy removes fat and cholesterol that blocks blood flow in coronary arteries.
  • Below-the-knee endovascular surgical procedures reduce the need for amputation for patients with non-healing wounds due to critical limb ischemia.
  • Left atrial appendance treatment traps clots that form inside the heart because of atrial fibrillation.
  • Melody valve therapy helps pediatric and adult patients seeking to postpone heart transplantation.
  • MitraClip is an advanced valve repair technique that prevents blood from backflowing into the left atrium of the heart as a result of a defective mitral valve.
  • TandemHeart and Impella devices keep the heart beating until transplant or other treatment is available.

Every day, patients benefit from the power of interventional cardiology at Ochsner. We also garner praise from outside organizations. The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute was awarded the 2022 Transcatheter Valve Certification by the American College of Cardiology.

When you come to Ochsner for interventional cardiology, you have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts. Depending on your needs, one or more of the following specialists may cooperate in your care:

  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Radiation oncologists (we are one of 20 locations in the U.S. to deliver catheter-delivered radiation seeds directly into the coronary artery)

Additionally, support services ensure you recover and return to life, ready to maintain your good health. A few support programs we offer include:

  • Digital hypertension program. We provide tools to manage your blood pressure or blood sugar from the comfort of your home.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation. You perform specialized exercises under the watchful eye of a rehabilitation specialist. Your therapist also provides ongoing education to protect your heart in the future.
  • Vascular medicine clinic. If your condition affects arteries leading to the kidneys, legs or other areas, this clinic provides specialized care only available at a few locations across the country.

Many heart conditions have multiple treatments. When there is no currently approved treatment, the Ochsner interventional cardiology team may refer you to a clinical trial.

At any given time, we have multiple trials taking place. In some cases, we’re the only location in the United States offering a specific trial. We do this to offer new hope for those with no other options.

Clinical trials also have long-term benefits. When a trial uncovers new therapies for difficult cardiovascular disease, current patients and future generations reap the rewards.

If you’re a candidate for an ongoing clinical trial, your care team will approach you about the possibility.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 4:51 p.m.-4:51 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Heart & Vascular Center of Acadiana
155 Hospital Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • 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 Specialty Health Center – St. Bernard
8050 West Judge Perez Drive , Suite 3200
Chalmette, LA 70043
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Luling
1057 Paul Maillard Road
Luling, LA 70070
Ochsner Health Center - Slidell
2750 East Gause Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7