Hearts are aflutter for Valentine’s Day, and it’s a good time to make sure that fluttering is from the butterflies of love and not a surprise heart condition. February is American Heart Month, a time to increase awareness of heart health and prevent heart disease across the country. From attending local events hosted by healthcare providers to seeking annual check-ups and screenings, there are a variety of ways to get involved with your own heart health this month. No matter your age, there are heart-focused programs and physicians ready to assist you on your journey to achieve a healthy heart. Explore your options and check out the latest from the following area providers of heart and vascular care in addition to wellness programs to improve overall health and insurance to help along the way. Your heart is vital to both living and loving—spoil it this Valentine’s day with a little self-care guided by your doctor.
Heart and Vascular Care
The Tulane Doctors vision, “Healing people, defining medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research, and clinical care.
This vision is at work at Tulane Doctors Heart and Vascular Clinic, conveniently located in Metairie. Patients are cared for by Tulane University School of Medicine’s renowned faculty, leaders in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment. The clinic’s team explores your current health concerns and your family history to create your personalized treatment plan.
Your family deserves the best, and you can feel confident that the physicians and staff of Tulane Doctors are working to deliver the highest quality healthcare to you and those you love.
Find your Tulane Doctor by calling 504-988-3333, or visit tulaneheart.com. From interventional cardiology to electrophysiology, a healthier heart is closer than you think.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans offers expert heart care just for kids. The Heart Center at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with congenital and acquired cardiovascular disorders. Each year, nearly 2,000 children and adults from around the world visit Children’s for cardiac-related services including pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery, an all-new, 28-bed dedicated pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for close post-operative management, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology services, non-invasive imaging, maternal fetal care, adult congenital heart disease care, exercise stress testing, heart failure and cardiomyopathy diagnosis and management, and pediatric coronary artery disease.
The Heart Center offers the benefits of a full-service pediatric hospital dedicated only to the care of kids. As complex congenital heart conditions often present with other comorbidities that require care from other subspecialists, Children’s Hospital is proud to be the only facility to provide a full array of pediatric sub-specialties in the state. Learn more at Children’s Hospital at chnola.org/heartcenter.
Touro is dedicated to improving heart and vascular care for New Orleanians, and is proud to be awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification by The Joint Commission. This important Chest Pain certification provides Touro with the framework to provide expert, lifesaving care for its community. Following a rigorous onsite review in November 2018, Touro was awarded a two-year Chest Pain certification based on a thorough evaluation of its clinical programs, compliance with national standards, and performance measurements. This designation reflects Touro’s commitment to providing a higher standard of care for patients experiencing chest pain.
Join Touro for the Annual Women’s Heart Health and Wine Event on February 13 at Martin Wine Cellar Uptown from 6 – 8 p.m. Learn about heart health, visit with the American Heart Association, and enjoy a fun ladies night out. Register at touro.com/events. To learn more about heart care at Touro or to find a cardiologist, visit touro.com.
Resources for Improving Heart Health & Wellness
Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center, located in Lafourche Parish, is changing the health of the community. The Center offers WellFit, which integrates wellness into clinical care. WellFit is an eight-week, physician-referred program that offers a customized plan for improving an individual’s health and well-being. Participants receive nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian along with fitness education and unlimited access to the Center’s Fitness Center. Smoking cessation options, physical therapy, and behavioral health screenings are also available if needed.
“The goal of WellFit is to help people live the highest quality, most active lifestyle possible,” says Education and Training Coordinator, Katie Richard, MA, BSN, RN. Physician specialists helped to shape the WellFit pathways.
“We want people to feel that their unique needs are being met and that their doctor was a part of the process,” says Richard. Call 985-493-4765 for more information or visit thibodaux.com.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, the company remains committed to those roots with a new office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers.
In 2019, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was recognized by Points of Light as a 2019 honoree of The Civic 50, the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States, and by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber as a 2019 Diversity Star. The company invites all Louisianians to visit its website at www.bcbsla.com.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a private mutual company, owned by its policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders.