Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

As one of the largest, most technologically progressive facilities in Northwest Louisiana, WK Heart and Vascular Institute remains the leader for advanced heart care in our region. Our Cardiovascular Surgeons offer virtually every type of cardiac surgery including elective or emergency surgery for heart valve disease, aortic aneurysm, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and heart failure. Our competent and committed staff embraces the newest surgical techniques, equipment and devices, including minimally invasive surgery, off-pump bypass, and percutaneous procedures. Let our many awards speak for our comprehensive, leading edge heart diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services.

  • National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award – 2002, 2003, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 
  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success – 2005 
  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success – 2006, 2005 
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Hospitals 2008, 2007, 2009 
  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) June 2007 – One of only 38 hospitals in the nation and the only one in Louisiana ranked above the national average, survival, heart failure; July 2008 –Ranked lowest mortality rate in nation, heart failure noted on ABC News 
  • Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care 
  • Nursing Professionals Top 100 Hospitals to Work For 2009 
  • Our Emergency Department is a accredited Chest Pain Center

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Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Preparing for cardiovascular surgery can sometimes feel overwhelming not only for patients, but also their families. Your primary contact point at Willis Knighton is the Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator (CV Surgery Coordinator). The CV Surgery Coordinator will facilitate your visit to the Willis Knighton Heart and Vascular Institute. You can contact the Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator by calling (318) 212-8600 or e-mailing