Ochsner expands cardiology diagnostics program as more patients have heart issues after getting COVID

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Ochsner Health Center on O’Neal in Baton Rouge has expanded its cardiology diagnostics program after more patients have presented with heart issues after contracting COVID-19. The expansion is part of a $4.8 million renovation project at that location.

The diagnostics center now includes more equipment and capacity for echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms and vascular ultrasounds, allowing patients to receive faster diagnoses and a quicker response in treating heart issues, according to Ochsner spokesperson Daryl Cetnar.

Dr. Bahij Khuri, a cardiologist at Ochsner, said ongoing research indicates that the coronavirus can impact the heart, lungs and other vital organs.

Khuri said anyone who is having heart issues should talk to a doctor.

“It’s much easier to treat problems early, rather than waiting and having these problems become worse and possibly affecting other vital systems,” Khuri said.

To schedule an in-person or video appointment at Ochsner centers around the Baton Rouge area, click here or call (225) 761-5200.

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