At the heart of University Medical Center New Orleans is the wellbeing of our patients. Keeping you healthy is what gets our blood flowing.
Our Heart and Vascular Services are customized to meet your healthcare needs with the most innovative cardiovascular medicine. Through our specialized team of physicians and UMC clinical staff, we provide comprehensive services and treatment options. By combining the most advanced technologies with a multidisciplinary disease-focused approach, we provide our patients with compassionate and personalized cardiovascular care.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, accounting for more deaths in the United States than all forms of cancer combined. Every minute, someone in the United States dies from heart disease-related event.
Knowing the risk factors for heart disease is important, as nearly 50 percent of all Americans have at least one of three risk factors: (1) High Blood Pressure, (2) High LDL Cholesterol and (3) Smoking. Our cardiology team at University Medical Center New Orleans can help you identify these factors before it’s too late.
Symptoms of heart disease in men and women can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations or irregular heart beats
- A faster heartbeat
- Weakness or dizziness
Our cardiology team at University Medical Center New Orleans can help you identify each of these before it’s too late.
Heart attacks occurs when the blood supply to the heart is cut off. Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans experience a heart attack, and 15 percent of them die from it.
Almost half of sudden cardiac deaths happen outside of a hospital, so it is important to recognize the signs of a heart attack and act immediately by calling 9-1-1. A person’s chance of survival increases sooner if access to emergency treatment like we provide here at UMCNO happens quicker.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Shortness of breath
- Other symptoms such as cold sweats, nausea or light-headedness
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Congestive heart failure is a type of heart failure that occurs in both men and women, which requires timely medical attention. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, it’s important you manage and keep track of your symptoms to report to your doctor.
If you have not yet been diagnosed with heart failure, here are the most common signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic coughing/wheezing
- Build-up of fluid
- Fatigue or feeling lightheaded
- Nausea or lack of appetite
- Confusion or impaired thinking
- High heart rate
If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, contact our team of cardiologists at 504-702-5700
to make an appointment for an examination.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure (hypertension) directly increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. With high blood pressure, the arteries may have an increased resistance against the flow of blood. This causes your heart to pump harder to circulate the blood. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms. But you can find out if your blood pressure is higher than normal by checking it yourself or by having it checked regularly by your healthcare provider.
Blood pressure is rated as normal, elevated, or stage 1 or stage 2 high blood pressure:
- Normal blood pressure is systolic of less than 120 and diastolic of less than 80 (120/80)
- Elevated blood pressure is systolic of 120 to 129 and diastolic less than 80
- Stage 1 high blood pressure is systolic is 130 to 139 or diastolic between 80 to 89
- Stage 2 high blood pressure is when systolic is 140 or higher or the diastolic is 90 or higher
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure:
- Being overweight
- Having lots of salt in your diet
- Not getting much exercise or physical activity
If you have high blood pressure, have your blood pressure checked routinely and see your healthcare provider to monitor the condition.
- Medical Cardiology
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Structural Heart & Valve Program
- Advanced Heart Failure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Electrocardiography (EKG)
- Electrophysiology Studies
- Cardiac Stress Testing
- Cardiovascular Imaging
- Permanent Pacemaker Implantation
- Cardiac Defibrillator Implantation
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
Make an Appointment
Call (504) 702-5700 to speak with a Patient Access representative. A representative is available to take your call 24/7. On your appointment day, please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled time.