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Cardiology in Metairie, LA

Well beyond Metairie and New Orleans, all of Southeastern Louisiana and the coast of Mississippi turn to East Jefferson General Hospital for comprehensive, compassionate and clinically advanced cardiac care possible. Whether your needs arise from a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or stroke, progressive procedures to address your blockage, aneurysm or atrial fibrillation, or require the long-term medical supervision of progressive heart disease, our experts are expert at making and keeping you well.

Emergency Cardiac Procedures

From our fleet of ambulances and EMT's who provide life-saving care in the field through our Emergency Department, which boasts more Board Certified Emergency Physicians than any ER in the region, your emergent cardiac care needs are met by experienced professionals who have been recognized by independent rating services as the best in our market. Our "door to balloon time" which is the amount of time from our arrival until the patient's heart blockage has been opened, is among the fastest in the South. These and other measurable are how we know we are delivering the highest levels of care possible.

Breakthroughs at EJGH

In recent months, Dr. James McKinnie, who practices at EJGH, has developed CryoCath, a new procedure for those with Atrial-Fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. In the past, those with A-Fib would be treated with medication. Those medicines were effective in roughly half the cases and they came with sometimes significant side effects. With CryoCath, Dr. McKinnie has presented not a treatment, but a true remedy.

Another breakthrough that occurred here at EJGH is the development of EKOS Catheter treatment for Pulmonary Embolisms by Dr. Tod Engelhardt. Dr. Engelhardt is a Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeon at EJGH. As such, he knew that patients sometimes died from the emboli because the clot busting drug, TPA, could not get to the clot fast enough through traditional intravenous methods. In one desperate moment, Dr. Engelhardt used a special vibrating catheter that allowed him to maneuver directly to the embolism. Once there, he could introduce TPA right at the point it was needed. The clot medication worked almost immediately and literally saved the patient's life. Since then, Dr. Engelhardt's new procedure has been written about in medical journals, presented in medical meetings in Europe, Asia, South America and throughout North America. Most importantly, lives have been saved that would have previously been lost. To read more about this innovative procedure, click here.

Dr. Michael Brothers is a partner of Dr. Engelhardt's. Over the years, he has established a national reputation as an innovative and skilled surgeon who is always seeking better ways to perform surgeries on the heart and lungs. His attempts to accomplish higher outcomes with smaller incisions and less peripheral damage to the patient has earned him the respect of other surgeons throughout the nation. Today, he stands at the forefront of innovation even working with Dr. McKinnie on developing new techniques that can ensure the safety of the patient.


Find the Right Doctor

Please call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000 to find the right doctor for you. Representatives are available from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Support Groups

Defibrillator Support Group

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every other month. Call (504) 454-4145 for dates and location.

A Fib Support Group

Meets on the 1st Wednesday of every other month. Call (504) 456-5000 for dates and location.
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