Sometimes Things Don’t Go Exactly As Planned


This isn’t going as well as I had hoped. I still weigh the same. I just can’t do it. I don’t have enough willpower. It’s too hard to be healthy during this time of year. Maybe later this spring I can try again. If any of these phrases sound familiar to you, know that you’re […]

Monitoring Blood Pressure in Children and Other Heart-Healthy Tips


In the deep south, it’s no secret that we have a high incidence of heart disease. But what may be surprising is the increase in heart attacks, bypasses and heart failure in people as young as 22 or 23. These heart issues in young adults often could have been prevented with early detection. Monitoring blood […]

Fitness and Technology: Tools to Help You Lose Weight


Your heart is a muscle, and just like any other muscle it needs exercise to stay healthy. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. People who are inactive, overweight and have a poor diet are twice as likely to develop heart disease than an active person. Excess pounds do […]

If You Really Want To Win Someone’s Heart, Give Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s Day


Milk chocolate, with its velvety mouth-feel and intense sweetness, may be irresistible, but dark chocolate can provide far more health benefits for your sweetheart’s heart health. Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 65 percent cacao, the pure form of raw chocolate packed with flavonoids and antioxidants. These compounds can repair damaged cells, lower […]

Atrial Flutter vs. Atrial Fibrillation: What You Should Know


There are more than a dozen types of abnormal heart rhythms, but it seems like the only one that gets any real attention is atrial fibrillation, or “A-Fib.” While atrial fibrillation is common and should be treated with care, there are other abnormalities you should have on your radar, including atrial flutter. Atrial flutter has […]

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.