Snack Attack: Easy Foods for When Hunger Strikes


Did you say snack? One of my favorite times of the day! Snacks are a great way to keep the hunger monster at bay, but it’s easy to let snacks overtake healthy meals. And parents can often spend more money than necessary on prepackaged snacks. You can find the right balance. So, I put together […]

[Infographic] Get the Facts on Atrial Fibrillation

Afib Awareness Month: Get the Facts

In a normal, healthy heart, the heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. When the heart rhythm is abnormal, known as arrhythmia, it may indicate a serious problem that can lead to heart disease, stroke or even death. Atrial fibrillation, or afib, the most common type of arrhythmia, occurs when the upper chambers of […]

About Dr. Kenneth Civello

Kenneth C. Civello, MD, MPH, FACC is an Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute electrophysiologist. He earned his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Dr. Civello then completed a Fellowship in cardiology and electrophysiology at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is Board Certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease. Click here to learn more about Dr. Civello.

Fast Food Fix: What to Choose When You Have to Drive-Thru


You leave work at 5 p.m., pick the kids up from aftercare, sit in traffic for half an hour, and finally make it home. Knowing that it would be impossible to prepare and serve a meal at home and help the kids with their homework, you stop at a fast food drive-thru on the way […]

About Natalie Porta

Natalie Porta is a registered dietician and pediatrician nutrition expert with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Taking Care of the Hearts of LSU Athletes


Louisiana State University has long been a part of my heart – from my Cub Scout days working as an usher in Tiger Stadium to my years as a medical student earning my degree. Today, I have the privilege of giving back to the school that has guided my career as a cardiologist by providing […]

[Infographic] All About Car Seats: Requirement vs. Recommendation


September is national Child Passenger Safety Awareness Month, and it’s a perfect time for a refresher on one of the most important things you can do to protect your child: proper car seat installment and usage. As Certified Passenger Safety Technicians, it’s our job to ensure you select, install and are able to adjust the […]