South Louisiana is known for offering some of the best food in the nation, but did you know that the area is also known for having one of the highest rates of heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease (cardiovascular disease) is one of the leading causes of death in Louisiana. Thibodaux Regional Health System is working to change that statistic.

Named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Watson Health for delivering the best quality and most cost-effective heart and vascular care, Thibodaux Regional’s cardiovascular program is committed to improving the heart health and overall well-being of South Louisiana’s citizens.

“The mission of Thibodaux Regional is to provide exceptional patient care while utilizing the most advanced treatments and leading-edge technology, including offering the best cardiovascular care for our region,” says Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Christopher Paris.

Thibodaux Regional has the technology and expertise to combat heart disease, but prevention and education are essential to improving health and reducing risk of a heart attack.

What is Heart Disease?
Coronary heart disease is caused by plaque buildup (cholesterol deposits) in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

“The primary reason for heart disease is genetics,” says Dr. Paris. “If your immediate family members have heart disease, you have a higher chance of it occurring. The second most contributing factor is smoking—if you smoke, the likelihood of heart disease increases even more,” he says.

Know the Symptoms
Recognizing the warning signs of heart disease is critical. Common symptoms include:

  • Angina — Chest discomfort such as tightness or pressure in your chest, pain in your arms, jaw, shoulder or back
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath, especially with activity
  • Nausea or feeling of indigestion
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness and/or weakness
  • Fatigue

If you exhibit these symptoms, speak to your physician or cardiologist as soon as possible. Your cardiologist may order several tests to determine the best course of action for treatment. If symptoms are more severe and don’t go away after a few minutes, you should call 911.

In addition to offering comprehensive cardiovascular services, Thibodaux Regional Heart & Vascular Center is currently undergoing an expansion and renovation slated to be complete in the fall.

Thibodaux Regional’s commitment to excellent care doesn’t end with treatment. Its dedicated heart professionals support patient rehabilitation after surgery, and its accredited Cardiac Rehabilitation Program works to develop a customized fitness program and provide both nutritional education and emotional support to aid in recovery and assist patients in maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle for years to come.

For more information about Thibodaux Regional Heart & Vascular Center, visit

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