We’ve made it our mission to provide world-class experiences for our heart and vascular patients. Part of following through on that mission is offering advanced cardiac technology to our physicians and patients.

We take pride in providing the newest and safest technologies so we can give all our heart and vascular patients the best possible care, close to home.

Advanced cardiac technologies we use

As the largest provider of advanced cardiac care in the Shreveport-Bossier area, we perform a wide variety of heart procedures.

Learn more about some of the advanced technologies we use:

Hybrid Surgical Suite

Our hybrid surgical suite is a surgical operating room that features advanced imaging techniques. This combination of capabilities lets our interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons perform multiple procedures at the same time. All structural heart, endoscopic and peripheral procedures are performed in our hybrid surgical suite.

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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

The left ventricular assist device, LVAD for short, is a medical device that helps to pump blood into the body from the left ventricle of the heart. It is implanted into the heart through your chest during a surgical procedure. A drive line connects the internally implanted pump (LVAD) to an external controller and power source.

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Impella® Heart Pump

Known as “the world’s smallest heart pump,” the Impella Heart Pump improves the survival of cardiogenic shock patients. It's also used for high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions, also known as coronary angioplasty

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Watchman™ is a one-time procedure that can be used as an alternative to blood thinners to help reduce stroke risk for people who have atrial fibrillation that isn't caused by a heart valve problem. Like LARIAT, it works by closing off the left atrial appendage.  

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Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker

A leadless pacemaker is used to treat an irregular or slow heartbeat, also known as bradycardia. We offer a minimally invasive solution called the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing 

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Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)

TCAR is an advanced method for delivering a stent to a blocked carotid artery. It’s an option for patients who are considered high-risk for conventional carotid endarterectomy.

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TAVR is an option for some patients who have severe aortic stenosis and who aren't candidates for open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery due to factors like age or their overall health. 

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People with mitral regurgitation formerly had only one treatment option—surgery. Now, those who aren't candidates for surgery have another option—MitraClip®. 

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Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP)

An IABP is a short-term device that helps increase the amount of blood flow to the heart and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood out to the rest of the body. 

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

ECMO is a form of advanced cardiac life support that can function as the patient’s heart and lungs while those vital organs recover. 

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EKOS Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis

EKOS Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis is a minimally invasive procedure used to dissolve blood clots. 

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Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System

Abnormal heart rhythms can be difficult to diagnose. The Reveal LINQ™ system makes it easy.

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Convergent Ablation

This treatment for atrial fibrillation is an ablation done on the outside of the heart instead of on the inside.  A cardiovascular surgeon performs this procedure.

CARTO® 2 System

The Carto® 3 System allows our team to make a 3D digital map of the left atrium and pulmonary arteries. This technology is used with either the RF ablation or cryo ablation as a treatment for atrial fibrillation. 

CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure Monitoring System

The CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure Monitoring system from Abbott Cardiovascular allows healthcare providers to monitor developing heart congestion before the patient begins to experience symptoms. This allows for early intervention, better treatment outcomes and reduction of hospital admission or ER visits for heart failure.

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Technology trainings and education

Our team spends a great deal of time evaluating each new technology to make sure it’s safe, approved and beneficial to our patients. Anytime we acquire a new technology, every member of the Heart & Vascular Institute receives training on it. We also require all new team members to go through training on the technologies we have available. This helps ensure that anyone caring for you—from the cardiac cath lab staff to your cardiac nurse—understands your procedure and recovery process.