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Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute ~ Cardiology Overview and Services

The Tulane University School of Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Institute delivers comprehensive, personalized patient care, along with cutting-edge research and the latest clinical trials and procedures.

Our team of physicians, nurses and clinical support staff provide the best cardiovascular care for you and your loved ones.

Setting new standards for heart care in the Gulf South region

The Section of Cardiology and the Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute are part of an academic medical center, where heart and vascular specialists with the are on the front lines of both treatment and discovery, engaged at the bedside and in the laboratory. Because our physicians are at the top of their field in terms of training and experience, they are often called upon to train other doctors. In addition to training tomorrow’s top heart and vascular specialists at Tulane University School of Medicine, our physicians travel to other U.S. medical institutions and teach their peers how to perform innovative new procedures.

We also blend expert clinical care with the considerate, Southern hospitality for which New Orleans is known. Our team has heart, and our priority is taking care of yours.

Heart and vascular conditions we treat include:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias), including atrial fibrillation
  • Aortic disease, including aortic aneurysm, and aortic dissection
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease, including chronic total occlusion
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides (hyperlipidemia)
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease
  • Heart valve disease, including aortic stenosis
  • Venous thrombosis and insufficiency and varicose veins
  • Women’s heart disease
Prevention and management

Preventing heart disease is possible by recognizing symptoms and risk factors early. If a patient has already been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease, our team can help manage the condition and avoid further health complications.

Prevention and disease management services we offer include:

  • Risk factor assessment and general cardiovascular consultations
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) management
  • Hyperlipidemia (lipid/cholesterol disorder) management
  • Heart disease and cardiac care management
  • Anti-coagulation medication monitoring
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
Advanced imaging and non-invasive testing

Our experts provide quality care using the most up-to-date imaging modalities for the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders. We use a wide range of protocols to ensure patients’ conditions are thoroughly assessed and treated with the most appropriate therapies.

Advanced imaging and diagnostic services we offer include:

  • Cardiac event monitoring
  • ECG and ambulatory ECG (Holter) monitoring
  • Stress testing
  • 2D and 3D echocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear cardiology (SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging)
  • Cardiopulmonary stress testing and peak oxygen uptake
  • Coronary calcium scoring and cardiac CT angiography
  • Vascular non-invasive testing, including abdominal and arterial duplex studies  
Heart failure and pulmonary hypertension

Heart failure, often referred to as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body's needs. Signs and symptoms commonly include shortness of breath, excessive tiredness and leg swelling. Pulmonary hypertension, or the narrowing of the arteries carrying blood from the heart to the lungs. Our pulmonary hypertension and heart failure experts work with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide the most comprehensive care for patients.

Our heart failure services include:

  • Advanced medication management
  • Personalized patient monitoring and education
Electrophysiology and heart rhythm conditions

The electrical system in your heart regulates the timing of its beats or rhythm. Certain arrhythmias, or irregular heart rhythms such atrial fibrillation, can be serious and often require an electrophysiologist. We diagnose heart rhythm conditions through electrophysiology studies, cardiac rhythm assessments, internal and external monitoring the heart. Heart rhythm disorders can often be corrected through minimally invasive procedures performed in a catheterization lab.

Heart rhythm disorder assessment and treatment include:

  • Ablations, which treat arrhythmias using intense heat (radiofrequency energy), cold (cryoenergy)  to eliminate abnormal rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, flutter, PVCs, ventricular tachycardias (VT) or supraventricular tachycardias (SVT)
  • Cardioversion, which use medication or electricity to convert an abnormal rhythm
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and management
  • Left atrial appendance closure device implant and management
Vascular and endovascular medicine

Vascular disease is a class of cardiovascular diseases that affects blood vessels, which include the arteries and veins of the circulatory system. Disorders of the blood vessels can cause a range of health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Our team of vascular specialists provide consultation, diagnosis and non-invasive treatment for disease and disorders of the arteries and veins. We collaborate with primary care physicians, podiatrists, vascular surgeons, patients and their families to ensure the best care and treatment for vascular conditions.

Tulane’s endovascular experts perform interventions that repair blocked or diseased vasculature and increase blood flow in affected areas. Through re-vascularization, we have been successful in helping patients save limbs affected by trauma, injury and advanced vascular disease.

Common vascular conditions we treat include:

  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous problems such as deep venous thrombosis and venous insufficiency
  • Varicose and spider veins
Cardiovascular interventions

Non-surgical, less invasive procedures are often a better option for patients with serious heart conditions. Our interventional cardiologists use the most advanced techniques for diagnosing and treating coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. Our team of highly specialized interventionists are recognized for providing excellent treatment for patients with highly complex conditions. They regularly perform cardiac and vascular catheterization and interventions, drug eluting stent placements, trans-aortic valve replacements and angioplasty.

Common cardiovascular conditions requiring intervention include:

  • Percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluted stents
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Relief of blockages of the arteries to the brain, arms, legs, kidneys and other organs
  • Chronic total occlusion of the coronary arteries
Clinical research opportunities

As a premier academic medical institution, we participate in a variety of investigator-led, government and corporate sponsored clinical research studies at our hospital and clinic sites. Eligible patients have the opportunity to be part of national and international studies that may provide access to promising new treatments that may be more effective than standard approaches. Each study is closely monitored, and patients receive care and support from a team of doctors specialized in treating your condition.

Medical ethics committees and regulatory organizations oversee all aspects of Tulane’s studies to ensure patients are protected and receive appropriate care. Patients can elect to discontinue participating in studies at any time.

If you are interested in participating in clinical research, ask your physician if you may be eligible for any of our current studies or visit the Volunteer Research Registry.