Heart & Vascular Care

Heart & Vascular Care

Helping the New Orleans community improve cardiovascular health

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 Care is customized to meet your healthcare needs with the most innovative cardiovascular medicine. Through our specialized team of physicians and University Medical Center 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

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.

Nearly 50 percent of all Americans have at least one of three risk factors, which are:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • 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
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

Heart attacks

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 University Medical Center happens quicker.

Signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • 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 911 immediately.

Heart failure

Congestive heart failure is a type of heart failure that occurs in both men and women and 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, the most common signs and symptoms to watch for are:

  • 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 or hypertension is a risk to heart health. Because high blood pressure requires the heart to work harder to pump blood, those with high blood pressure are at a greater risk for heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. This condition generally shows no signs or symptoms, so having regular checkups is crucial to staying on top of your heart health. Blood pressure is rated as normal, elevated, or stage 1, or stage 2 high blood pressure.

It is measured as:

  • Normal – systolic of less than 120 and diastolic of less than 80 (120/80)
  • Elevated – systolic between 120 to 129 and diastolic less than 80
  • Stage 1 – systolic between 130 to 139 or diastolic between 80 to 89
  • Stage 2 – systolic between 140 or higher or the diastolic is 90 or higher

You are at a higher risk of high blood pressure if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Have lots of sodium in your diet
  • Do not get much exercise or physical activity

Our services

We offer heart health services for every cardiovascular condition. Call 504.702.5700 to speak with a Patient Access representative and schedule an appointment. We have representatives available to take your call 24/7. On your appointment day, please arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled time.

Our heart and vascular services include:

  • Medical Cardiology
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Electrophysiology
  • Structural Heart & Valve Program
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology Studies
  • Cardiac Stress Testing
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Permanent Pacemaker Implantation
  • Cardiac Defibrillator Implantation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Defining Quality

  • Joint Commission National Quality Approval Award
    The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
  • American College of Surgeons: Verified Trauma Center
    The Norman E. McSwain, Jr, MD, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center only verified Level 1 Trauma Center in South Louisiana.
  • City Business - Best Places to Work
    The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center New Orleans was awarded top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).
  • PHA Center of Comprehensive Care Award
    University Medical Center New Orleans is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with a full stroke team on call 24/7 to immediately care for patients with stroke symptoms.
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Primary Stroke Center
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
  • Commission on Cancer Accedited Program logo
    University Medical Center has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).