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Interventional Cardiology Program

Patients who need the help of an interventional cardiologist for the first time tend to be anxious – and understandably so. At the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI), you can take comfort in the fact that, while this may be your first time in a cath lab, it’s not ours. Our internationally renowned team is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, performing nearly 4,000 procedures in the last year alone. We work night and day, not only to extend lives but to improve the quality of life for patients in the Gulf South and beyond. You couldn’t be in better hands.

Why Ochsner for Interventional Cardiology?

Ochsner is home to one of the most prestigious and passionate groups of interventionalists in the country. Our team is comprised of national leaders from both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

As one of the largest academically-accredited interventional coronary and peripheral vascular training programs in the nation, Ochsner interventionalists are dedicated to the non-surgical treatment and prevention of heart attack, stroke and limb loss.

Interventional Cardiology Program Highlights

Ochsner offers:

  • The latest technology, including atherectomy devices, used to dislodge severely calcified blockages
  • Innovative testing techniques, such as the Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) used to determine how much blood flow is being restricted by a blockage
  • The latest intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) technology, used to gather views inside the arteries to determine the presence and severity of any blockages
  • Expertise for high-risk angioplasty, including unprotected left main vessel intervention (this vessel supplies 75% of the blood to the heart) and chronic total occlusions (CTOs), a complete or almost complete blockage of a coronary artery
  • Catheter-directed therapies for venous diseases, including clots, varicose veins and pulmonary emboli, blockages in the pulmonary artery of the lung
  • Low-profile endografts (aortic stent grafts) for treating aneurysmal disease, a progressive process through which arteries become progressively enlarged
  • Below-the-knee endovascular procedures for patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) with non-healing wounds to avoid the need for amputation
  • MitraClip for patients with severe leakage of the mitral valve
  • Melody valve for pediatric and adult patients
  • Research protocols for peripheral and coronary diseases
  • Therapy for advanced heart failure with percutaneous devices

In partnership with Ochsner’s electrophysiology team, we also offer implantation of the WATCHMAN™ LAAC (left atrial appendage close) Device, to help prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation patients looking to avoid long-term warfarin therapy. Our integrated teams also perform the LARIAT™ procedure, an innovative way to treat AFib patients who are unable to take blood thinners.

Our award-winning team works together to develop innovative strategies to treat:

  • Coronary heart disease (blockages of the heart’s arteries), including treating people who have been told they have no options
  • Renal artery stenosis and renovascular hypertension (when atherosclerosis clogs up the arteries leading to the kidneys)
  • Chronic mesenteric ischemia (when blood can’t flow adequately through the arteries to the intestines)
  • Peripheral arterial disease (when narrowing arteries obstruct blood flow to the limbs)

A national leader in acute stroke prevention, Ochsner offers deep expertise in:

  • Carotid stents (to remove artery-clogging plaque in the neck)
  • Cerebrovascular disease interventions (to open up arteries affecting blood flow to the brain)

In addition, we are a regional leader in:

  • Valvuloplasty, a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open a heart valve that has narrowed
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive approach to implant the heart valves in patients with aortic stenosis
  • Limb salvage, offering the latest vascular rescue therapies for patients with severe ischemia or complex wounds