Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.
7 Steps to Big Changes
- Get Active
- Manage Blood Pressure
- Control Cholesterol
- Eat Better
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Lose Weight
- Stop Smoking
- Physical Activity – According to health.gov, physical activity reduces the risk of not only heart disease, but also type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and depression. Guidelines for people of different ages vary, but in general, 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity is recommended.
- Blood Pressure – Second to only smoking, high blood pressure is a top cause of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths. For the first time in over a decade, the American Heart Association redefined Blood Pressure Guidelines (actually making them more strict). Under the new guidelines, almost half of the entire U.S. population has high blood pressure. This change was done in an effort to promote earlier intervention for patients.
- Cholesterol – According to the CDC, if you have high cholesterol, your risk of heart disease compared to people with lower levels is nearly double. Generally, total cholesterol should be under 200 mg/dL. However, your physician may have more personalized recommendations based on your health history.
- Diet – The American Heart Association encourages people to learn more about the actual number of calories you need for your age, gender, and level of physical activity. Though most labels are based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet, you may need more or fewer calories. Eating a variety of nutritious foods from all food groups is highly encouraged to give your body the minerals, proteins, and whole grains it needs.
Accredited Resources (from sources you can trust)
Cardiology Services & Diagnostics
- Holter Monitors
- EKGs (inpatient and outpatient)
- Treadmill Exercise Stress Tests
- Stress Echocardiography (Echo Stress Test)
- Nuclear Medicine Myocardial Stress Tests (Nuclear Exercise Stress Test)
- Resting Imaging Stress Tests
- Echocardiograms (Ultrasound Echo Study)
- Cardiac Ultrasounds
- ER Telemedicine (Telecardiology and Telestroke)
- Cardiac Enzyme (helps diagnose a heart attack – CPK, CKMB, Troponin)
- Ultrasound Vascular Exams (circulatory system check)
- Post-Stroke Skilled Services
- Educational Events
- CPR Classes
- Community-wide Screenings ($5 Chem & Lipid Profile Screenings typically scheduled in May)
Heart Health Related Screenings & Services
- High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
- Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)
- Total Cholesterol (LDL+ HDL)
- BMI Screenings
- Blood Pressure Screenings
- Heart Rate / Pulse
- Pulse Oximetry
- Primary Care Wellness Visits (with insurance-approved screenings)
- Medicare Wellness Visits
- Chronic Care Management
Cardiologists & Cardiology Support
- Cardiology Affiliation with Ochsner-Medical Center (24/7 cardiology support for Acute and ER Patients)
- Outpatient Cardiology Clinics (Cardiology clinics are located in the Medical Plaza next to the hospital)
- George Yousef, Cardiologist on Staff, Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner – phone 225.258.2037
- Vijay Ravipati, Cardiologist on Staff, Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner – phone 225.258.2037
- Jonathan Bonilla, Cardiologist on Staff, Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner – phone 225.258.2037
- Zola N’Dandu, Cardiologist on Staff, Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner – phone 225.258.2037
- Darrin Breaux, Cardiologist on Staff, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center – phone 225.769.0933
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
- Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
Treating a stroke quickly can reduce damage to the brain. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and perform the following simple test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.
In the event of a possible stroke, call 911 and choose the closest ER. The brain is affected as soon as the first symptoms appear. When it comes to a stroke, “time is brain.”
The drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) is the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes. tPA is a medication given through an IV that works by dissolving blood clots and improving blood flow to the brain. The American Heart Association considers the use of tPA, when applicable, a Class I recommendation due to its effectiveness. This treatment is offered at St. James Parish Hospital and has been extremely effective in saving lives in our community.
- Reduce the time needed to determine if a patient suffered a stroke
- Increase the percentage of patients receiving tPA
- Reduce the death rate associated with stroke