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 […]

Family Medical History: Building Your Family Tree


Genealogy, or the study of family history, is a hobby that has fascinated millions of people for countless generations. Knowing where we come from and understanding those that preceded us help us to shape our understanding of who we are today. And while many genealogists spend their time researching life elements like the profession, military […]

[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.

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 […]