Cardiovascular Care at TGMC

 The best in cardiac care is here at Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) thanks to our world-renowned Interventional Cardiologist, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons, and team of experts. With decades of combined experience in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery and vascular treatments, our experienced cardiac team specializes in the most advanced treatments and technologies and have been recognized around the world for their techniques and breakthrough research.

From open heart surgery to clinical trials, TGMC has paved the way to excellence through cardiac procedures and treatments that use the highest level of technology right here in south Louisiana. Our techniques and cardiologists are being recognized on both the national and international level with our Structural Heart Program being only one of a few hospitals to provide these non-invasive treatments in the gulf coast states. 

Preventative screenings are important in the fight against heart disease. Be sure to visit your physician for regular screenings and check-ups.

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Cardiac Catheterization

Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) offers a state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab that our world-renowned interventional cardiologists use to perform minimally invasive procedures for cardiac patients. Along with a partnership with Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), TGMC is able to provide the latest in treatments while performing life-saving techniques. 

Through the efforts of our dedicated group of cardiologists, specially trained critical care nurses, telemetry unit nurses, and other allied health professionals, TGMC is at the forefront of advanced cardiac care. TGMC's interventional cardiologists have the knowledge, experience, training, and state-of-the-art technology needed to effectively treat a wide range of heart ailments.

Dr. Craig Walker, founder, TGMC physician and president and medical director of Cardiovascular Institute of the South, has been the leading innovator in many cardiac catheterization procedures performed at TGMC. Many of the most state-of-the-art and life-saving techniques were performed by Dr. Walker including being the first in the world to use the Turbo-Power laser atherectomy catheter by Spectranetics for in-stent restenosis in peripheral arteries. 

This is the fourth “first” in-man procedure done by Dr. Walker, the others being:

  • First in the world to place a stent in a patient having a heart attack (1989)
  • First in the world to place IDEV Nitinol Stent in a human in Germany (2006)
  • First in the world to use the Turbo-Booster Laser System in Germany (2006)

Dr. Walker is also world-renowned for making significant advancements in the development of non-surgical treatments to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Our entire team of physicians can perform comprehensive treatments that include balloon and laser angioplasty, stent placement, carotid artery repair, and the latest technologies. Our sophisticated cardiovascular surgery program treats numerous patients with procedures such as heart valve replacements, aneurism repair, and pacemaker insertions. Our program is supported by:

  • A Cardiac Catheterization Lab for diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of cardiac problems;
  • A Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for specialized treatment after a heart attack or surgery;
  • An extensive patient education to counsel patients on proper nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes before or after heart procedures;
  • Health screenings offered to businesses and the community

Time is one of the most important factors in the successful treatment of heart problems. The Cath lab is where cardiologists have the ability to run a variety of tests to determine the nature of many heart complications. At TGMC, the time between Emergency Department admittance and arrival at the Cath lab is usually between 25 and 35 minutes.

TGMC's Cath lab is equipped to provide a wide variety of services; including these cardiac procedures:

  • Right and Left Heart Catheterizations
  • Peripheral Angiograms
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Insertion of Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps (IRABP)
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA)
  • Carotid Angiograms
  • Pulmonary Angiograms
  • Vena Cava Filter Insertions
  • Renal Angiograms
  • Renal PTAs
  • Pericardio Centesis
  • Myocardial Biopsies
  • Cardioversions
  • Coronary Stent Placement
  • Iliac Stent Placement
  • Temporary Pacemaker Insertions
  • Atherectomies
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Studies
  • Ablations
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment
  • Critical Limb Ischemia

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Cardiovascular Surgery

The most advanced heart care is here at TGMC thanks to our world-class cardiovascular thoracic surgeons who specialize in the most advanced treatments and technologies.

From traditional heart surgeries to minimally invasive procedures, our experienced team is on the cutting-edge of cardiac care with a focus on positive patient outcomes. Our physicians are world-renowned through their innovative practices.

Some of the advanced treatments and technologies they perform include:

  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Surgical Management of Arrhythmias
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Resection
  • Structural Heart Program
  • Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty & Stent
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm & Aorta Femoral Bypass
  • Femoral Popliteal Bypass

Coronary Bypass Surgery

Coronary bypass surgery is one way to restore blood flow to a patient's heart muscle by diverting the flow of blood around a section of the blocked artery in the patient's heart. Coronary bypass surgery uses a healthy blood vessel and connects it to the other arteries in your heart so that the blood can be redirected around the blocked area. 

Heart Valve Replacement

Heart valve replacement helps to treat heart valve disease. In heart valve disease, one or more of the four valves that keep your blood flowing in the correct direction through your heart doesn't function properly. In heart valve surgery, your surgeon repairs or replaces your heart valve. 

Surgical Management of Arrhythmias

An arrhythmia is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. Surgical management of arrhythmias is one method to help control the irregular heartbeat when it cannot be controlled with medications or nonsurgical treatments. Arrhythmia surgery may also be recommended if you need surgery, such as valve or bypass surgery, to correct other forms of heart disease. 

Carotid Endarterectomy 

Carotid endarterectomy is the removal of the inner lining of your carotid artery if it has become thickened or damaged. This procedure removes plaque from your artery and assists in restoring blood flow. 

Pulmonary Resection

Pulmonary resection is the removal of all or part of the lung. 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm & Aorta Femoral Bypass

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm & Aorta Femoral Bypass us a procedure to replace a segment of the aorta of iliac arteries, which are the large arteries in the abdomen feeding the lower body with blood. Surgery is necessary to treat aneurysm in which the blood vessel is swollen and weakened and prone to rupture, or for blockage because of arteriosclerosis. Femoral Popliteal Bypass us a surgical procedure to treat femoral artery (arteries in the leg) disease. 

Cardiac Wellness Tips

You can avoid problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Here are five heart disease prevention tips to get you started.

1. Don't smoke or use tobacco

2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week

3. Eat a heart-healthy diet

4. Maintain a healthy weight

5. Get regular heart screenings

Each physician shares a passion for excellence and their mission is to continually seek new and better cardiac, thoracic, and vascular treatments.

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Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) designed the specialized Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) to serve as a resource for those suffering from congestive heart failure. The unit provides greater quality care for heart failure patients through extensive examination, personalized care plans, and educational resources.

Heart failure patients face many struggles – emotional, physical, and psychological. In addition, they are often on numerous medications which can be a challenge to manage. The CDU’s goal is to empower patients to take control of their health in the comfort of their own home.

Each patient is assigned to a multi-disciplinary team made up of:

  • Cardiologists
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists

This team stays in constant communication to ensure the best outcome for the patient. 

Chronic heart failure patients can be admitted to the program in two ways – through the TGMC Emergency Department or directly from their physician’s office. TGMC’s Emergency Department works closely with the unit. Patients requiring more immediate care remain in the Emergency Department while patients needing further care go to the CDU.

Once admitted, patients are evaluated with a modified Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Overview and are closely monitored and managed by the CDU team, and patients and their families are given personalized care with a focus on education.

In addition, TGMC and Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) offer a support group. The support group meets bi-monthly and was designed with patients, their families, and caregivers in mind. Topics include low-sodium diets, grocery shopping with a TGMC registered dietitian, fluid restriction, daily weight monitoring and other symptoms patients need to monitor to avoid complications.

For information on the Clinical Decision Unit and Support Group, contact Kendra Breaux at (985) 873-4654.


                           TGMC and CIS' Clinical Decision Unit's Care Team






The Structural Heart Program at TGMC provides innovative treatment options for patients with valve disorders and structural heart defects.

Our team is comprised of interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who use minimally-invasive catheterization procedures to treat cardiovascular disease and pioneer innovative techniques to treat life-threatening structural heart disorders.

The types of patients that can benefit from this program include patients with a history of aortic stenosis, valvular heart disease or other structural heart defects. The goal of our multidisciplinary Structural Heart Program team is to determine the best treatment for the patients who suffer from these types of heart problems.

Structural Heart & Valve Conditions

  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis and Regurgitation
  • Patent Foramen Ovales
  • Paravalvular Leaks- Aortic & Mitral
  • Congenital Heart Defects such as Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Degenerative Aortic Bioprosthesis

Treatment and Services

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Mitral Valve Repair with the MitraClip
  • Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure and Ligation
  • Coronary Fistula Closure
  • Transcatheter Paravalvular Leak Closure
  • Ongoing research trials for valvular and structural heart conditions

Hybrid Operating Room

Our Structural Heart Program features the safest and most innovative methods through our Hybrid Operating Room(OR). This progressive Hybrid OR gives our experienced cardiovascular surgeons the ability to perform traditional open surgery and minimally invasive endovascular procedures on the same patient, at the same time, in the same place.

The Hybrid OR is a surgical suite equipped with advanced medical imaging devices. These imaging devices enable minimally-invasive surgery to take place all one central location, which is less traumatic for the patient. These new procedures utilize imaging techniques that can visualize smaller body parts such as thin vessels in the heart muscle and can be facilitated through intraoperative 3D imaging making it safer for heart patients.

The ability to perform advanced imaging studies in the same surgery suite eliminates the need to move patients during a procedure and reduces the risk of infection. Patients also benefit by shorter procedure times, less radiation used during imaging, reduced need for intensive care, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery. TGMC’s Hybrid OR suite also will be the surgical site for more groundbreaking clinical trials, including percutaneous heart valve replacement, carotid artery stinting and lower extremity revascularization.


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