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Your Neighborhood Tulane Heart and Vascular Metairie Care Team

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in New Orleans, across the United States, and throughout the world. However, major advancements have resulted in improved survival and quality of life with the use of modern methods for diagnosis and treatment. The Tulane Doctors Heart and Vascular Institute clinicians offer the latest techniques for assessing heart disease and providing effective treatments for patients throughout the greater New Orleans area and beyond. As faculty of the Tulane University School of Medicine, our doctors are leaders in clinical care and research for cardiovascular disease and provide cutting edge knowledge and the latest advances in our specialty. Additionally, we are involved in all aspects of education regarding heart disease and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) both for healthcare professionals as well as to cardiovascular specialist of the future. See our full list of services.


The electrical system of the heart regulates the timing of heart contraction. However, occasional disturbances prevent the electrical impulses from their normal course and also may cause either bothersome or life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances.

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Heart Failure

Abnormal heart contraction is the leading cause of hospitalization in the U.S. and is a prominent reason for physical limitation. The signs and symptoms include shortness of breath fatigue and leg swelling. These symptoms are usually due to reduced heart function but may also be seen when the heart is unable to relax and pump efficiently.

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As the adage goes, a good doctor treats disease but a great doctor prevents it. We feature advanced management of various risk factors that are associated with heart disease. Additionally, if cardiovascular disease is already present, we focus in on what secondary prevention to avoid further health problems so you can live your best life.

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Interventional Cardiology

Tulane Doctors offers a variety of nonsurgical approaches for the treatment of various heart and vascular conditions. In addition to diagnostic testing such as cardiac catheterization and angiography, we offer a variety of advanced treatment techniques.

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Dr. Robert Hendel-
Heart & Vascular Institute Director


Heart disease is the number one killer in the world.

Though major advancements in treatment have been made, an emphasis must be made on the prevention of heart disease. This includes controlling blood pressure, monitoring diabetes, smoking cessation, diet and exercise.