Heart and Vascular Clinical Trials and Research Division

The Department of Cardiology is involved in a wide range of research programs that span all of the cardiovascular subspecialty areas. The goal of cardiovascular research is to advance knowledge of the mechanisms, diagnoses, and treatments of cardiovascular disease. Medical drugs and devices are studied to find ways to improve patient care.

Electrophysiology Research

Electrophysiology (EP) is the diagnosis and treatment of the electrical activities of the heart. This can include the placement of a pacemaker or internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). A pacemaker is needed when the heart requires help to generate the electrical pulse that keeps it beating or that increases the heart rate when an individual is exercising. An ICD is needed if an individual is at risk of dangerous heart rhythms. If the heart goes into one of these dangerous heart rhythms, the ICD will deliver a shock in an attempt to break the abnormal rhythm.

In EP research, we conduct clinical trials (research studies) with patients to test the safety and effectiveness of various types of pacemakers, ICDs, and new cardiac devices.

Research Subspecialties

  • Pacemaker programming
  • ICD programs

Heart Failure/Transplant Research

The Department of Cardiology subspecialty area of heart transplant research involves studying drugs, medical devices, and varying treatment programs to determine which is the most successful for patients.

Interventional Cardiology Research

Interventional cardiology is dedicated to the non-surgical treatment and prevention of heart attack, stroke, and amputation. Current areas of new research protocols and rapid development include carotid stent placement as an alternative to open neck surgery for stroke prevention. We also utilize emboli protection devices that prevent fragments of plaque from traveling downstream during angioplasty and stenting of bypass grafts.

Research Subspecialties

  • Hypertension
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac catheterization

Contact Information

For more information on cardiology research at Ochsner, call 504-842-4833.