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Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home

It's important to know how to correctly monitor your blood pressure at home, especially if your doctor has recommended that you monitor it on a regular basis.

AHA Addresses Health Impacts

Food Insecurities

Food insecurity is defined as not having dependable access to the food you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle. In New Orleans, 49.8% of people live in a food desert.

Featured Recipe:
Air Fryer Fried Okra

air fryer okra recipe

Throughout the South, okra is a favorite ingredient in many dishes, including the ever-popular gumbo, but it’s also delicious as the main attraction in this side dish.

Give the Gift of a Heart-Healthy Summer

Make a gift to our Healthy Hearts Summer Drive today and you can download our Heart-Smart Summer Guide full of delicious summer recipes and tips to have a fun, safe and healthy summer. It’s our way of saying thanks!

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Events in Your Area

2022 Northshore Go Red for Women

Location: Tchefuncta Country Club

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022 - 11:00 AM


New Orleans CycleNation

Location: Ochsner Fitness Center Harahan

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 01:10 PM


2022 New Orleans Heart Walk

Location: Lasalle Park

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 08:30 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Louisiana through five key priority areas: women, COVID-19, tobacco and vaping, patients and healthy living. Equity is always at the center of our work, and it will continue to guide all that we do.

Through our focus on these key impact areas, and with collaboration among local organizations, sponsors, businesses, and others that serve the community, we are working to improve the health and well-being of Louisianans while saving and improving countless lives.

Throughout Louisiana, we’ve seen our community impact work grow, including efforts around creating avenues for greater access to care, healthy food access and education, building a network of first responders through CPR kits in schools, blood pressure screenings and education, and tobacco and e-cigarette education and prevention.

People are counting on us as never before. The American Heart Association, along with our supporters, will drive change, and will be relentless. Thank you for your continued support.

Community Impact

Advocacy has had a mission-critical role in the Association's work for more than 40 years. Our legislative and regulatory priorities help to mitigate risk factors and protect survivors in communities across the country. We support the enactment of evidence-based public policies that lead to longer, healthier lives.

Public policy advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to affect necessary and sustainable policy, system and environmental changes that help Americans build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our efforts in Louisiana and its communities are focused on six major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Health Equity, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care.


Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Immediate Past Chair
Professor and Dean College Pharmacy
Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. J. Michael Conerly, Chair
President and CEO, LAMMICO

Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich
Jefferson Parish Coroner

Dr. Peter Deblieux
Chief Experiences Officer
LCMC Health

Molly Kimball, Immediate Past President
Ochsner Health System, Eat Fit Nola

Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, President
Chief of Department of Neurology
New Orleans East Hospital & Touro

Dr. Robert Matheney
Chief Medical Officer
West Jefferson Medical Center

Barbara Turner Windhorst

Dr. Tami Singleton
Director, Hemophilia Treatment Center
Chief, Pediatric Hematology
Louisiana and Mississippi Centers for Advanced Medicine 

Ashley McGaha
Chief Financial Officer
Tulane Health System

Dr. James Gray
Superintendant, Jefferson Parish Schools

Chair, Bridgette B. Coleman
Coleman Consulting Group

President, Dr. Tiffany Ardoin
LSU Health Sciences Center

Board Members:

Stephanie Anderson Songy
Retired/Woman’s Hospital

Coletta Barrett
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Kristen Gradney
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health

Michael Jackson
Bernhard Capital Partners

Lauren Kearley

Dr. Steven Kelley
Baton Rouge Cardiology Center

Kristy McKearn
Healthy Blue/Anthem

Dr. Candice Myers
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Shunn Phillips
The Baton Rouge Clinic

Jason Rogers
Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Center

Contact Us

New Orleans

110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160
Metairie, LA 70005

(504) 872-3500

Baton Rouge

110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160
Metairie, LA 70005

(225) 248-7700


For Mail Only:

110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160.
Metairie, LA 70005

(833) 889-3875


For Mail Only:

110 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 160
Metairie, LA 70005


(833) 889-3875

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Heart and Stroke News

Find science-based stories about heart and brain health and inspiring survivor profiles from American Heart Association News.