Cardiovascular Services

Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) offers patients innovative, state-of-the-art care in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of heart and vascular conditions. Our highly skilled clinical team provides a full range of cardiovascular services at all levels of care, from emergency and critical care, to progressive care through outpatient care. At every level, patients can count on skilled professionals delivering exceptional, personalized care that’s close to home. OGHS provides patients with cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of heart conditions, including:
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
Children and adolescents can also receive cardiac care through our monthly pediatric cardiology clinic . Pediatric cardiologists from New Orleans’ Oshner Hospital see patients at OGHS, giving families access to specialized care close to home.

Our clinical team takes pride in providing the best care possible, combining innovation, technology and expertise, with warmth and compassion. We’re committed to providing our community patient-focused, comprehensive cardiovascular care, focused on meeting our mission to treat every patient like family.

Catheterization Laboratory

Opelousas General Hospital has two fully equipped, state-of-the-art catheterization laboratories where diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures take place.  These procedures are used to identify serious heart conditions as well as to treat patients.

OGH partners with Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), utilizing the most advanced technology, such as atherectomy, specialty balloons and stents, to offer minimally invasive options for high-risk heart disease patients.  Additionally, CIS’s extensive experience in interventional cath lab procedures can save patients from amputation and improve their overall quality of life.

Our cardiologists, nurses and technicians have expertise in performing a wide range of diagnostic tests and procedures, including:

Cardiac Catheterizations – Cardiac catheterization involves inserting a catheter into the heart, usually from the groin or the arm, to provide physicians with critical information about how the interior of the heart operates, as well as if any blockages exist in the arteries.

Angioplasty – Angioplasty is a procedure where a small balloon-tipped catheter is guided into a blocked blood vessel. The balloon is then inflated to open the vessel and allow necessary blood flow.

Implantable Cardioverter
- Defibrillator (ICDs) – An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small, electronic device inserted in the upper chest that constantly monitors the electrical activity of the heart. About the size of a stopwatch, it consists of a pulse generator-essentially a battery and computer-and wires, called leads. These leads connect the pulse generator to the heart. ICDs are implanted to monitor heart rhythms and can determine what type of shock to deliver when needed.

Stent – A stent is a tiny expandable coil placed inside a blood vessel at the site of a blockage to open the obstruction and increase blood flow. A stent is commonly inserted during cardiac catheterization.

Pacemakers – A pacemaker is a small, electronic device inserted surgically that keeps track of your heart rate and, if necessary, generates a signal that helps the heart to beat at the correct pace.  

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
– A PET is a nuclear imaging test to detect the flow of blood in the arteries.  It is used to evaluate cardiovascular function.

Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist - Utilized for patients with acute heart failure.

Percutaneous Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) - a minimally invasive approach to abdominal aneurysm repair.

Peripheral Vascular Atherectomy - we have all of the latest technnologies to remove various types of plaque and calcium from the peripheral arteries.

Coronary Atherectomy - the newest in technology to remove plaque that builds up inside a person's heart arteries.

OGHS Exceeds National Best Practices for Cardiac Stinting
Dr. Veerina Live PVD Case 
OGHS and CIS First to use New Technology
OGHS First in the State of Louisiana to provide new Chocolate Balloon Catheterization Technology!
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Cardiovascular Short Stay

The Cardiovascular Short Stay Unit is a specialized unit providing care for patients undergoing cardiac catheterizations. Patients come to the unit to prepare for the procedure and return after the procedure, where nurses monitor patients until discharge.

The unit gives patients a medically monitored recovery after procedures, with immediate access to a higher level of care if complications develop.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Opelousas General helps patients who have suffered a heart attack or have been diagnosed with heart disease or a heart condition, recover and return to a normal, active lifestyle. Cardiac rehabilitation includes a personalized program of exercise and diet, combined with education and counseling, all designed to help reduce the risk of future cardiac problems.

An interdisciplinary team of specialists, which may include physicians, registered nurses, clinical exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, and rehabilitation counselors, designs a program that includes:
  • Medically supervised and monitored exercise – Allows a patient to increase physical activity and fitness, improving cardiac efficiency.
  • Education and counseling – Teaches patients about their condition and how to make lifestyle changes to improve their heart health. Programs and individual counseling are available to help patients stop smoking, improve their diet, lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce stress.
The cardiac rehabilitation team is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and our program is the only cardiac rehabilitation program in the region accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

Opelousas General offers comprehensive cardiopulmonary diagnostic services. Equipped with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled specialists, patients have access to life-saving diagnostic procedures that include:
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Monitors the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Event monitoring – A small electronic device patients wear to record heart rhythms for longer periods of time, usually weeks to months.
  • Exercise stress tests – Provides information on how the heart performs with stress, usually on a treadmill.
  • Holter monitoring – A portable EKG that provides physicians continuous information on heart activity.
  • Nuclear testing – Uses a small amount of radiation to provide advanced images of the heart.
  • Tilt table procedure – Shows how heart rate and blood pressure respond to changes in position.
  • Transesophogeal echocardiogram (TEE) – An ultrasound test that passes a small transducer down the esophagus to provide a clearer image of your heart structure.
  • Ultrasounds -- Uses high-frequency sound waves to determine the speed and direction of blood flow in the heart.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Opelousas General helps patients diagnosed with pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, tuberculosis, lung cancer and adult cystic fibrosis.

An interdisciplinary team of specialists designs a program focused on helping patients manage breathing and becoming more independent in daily activities. Programs include medically supervised and monitored exercise along with education and counseling to help patients learn about and manage their lung disease or condition.

Contact Us

A patient representative is available to talk with patients, families and visitors Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m .

Physicians can refer patients by calling:
Jackie Harbour, RN
337-948-3011, ext. 5260
337-948-5162 (fax)

Opelousas General Health System
539 E. Prudhomme Lane
Opelousas, La 70570
337-948-3011