Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe

Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology - Cardiovascular Disease

Complete Cardiovascular Center

Established cardiovascular specialists founded the Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe to provide the community with comprehensive care. Our mission is to provide effective, accessible, high quality, and cardiovascular specialty care through a partnership of independent, private-practice physicians.

Despite all the recent changes in the medical profession, patients and their families continue to reserve the right to request which physician they wish to attend to their cardiovascular needs in North Louisiana.
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Complete Cardiovascular Center

When it comes to matters of the heart and heart health, we believe a comprehensive approach provides the most positive patient outcomes possible. That’s why Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe provides a full range of treatment services, including non-invasive and invasive diagnostic testing. The mission of Complete Cardiovascular Center physicians and staff is to provide personalized, exceptional care to every single patient. Our expert team of physicians provides general and specialized cardiovascular care that is readily accessible to our patients, while preserving a unique physician-patient relationship. All of our physicians are board certified in cardiology and internal medicine.

Established cardiovascular specialists founded the Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe to provide the community with comprehensive care. Our mission is to provide effective, accessible, high quality, and cardiovascular specialty care through a partnership of independent, private-practice physicians.

General & Preventative Cardiology

We help people of all ages lower their risk of cardiovascular disease by managing risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugars, obesity and smoking.

Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists use thin flexible tubes, or catheters, to get inside blood vessels for diagnostic tests or to repair damaged vessels or other heart structures, often avoiding the need for surgery.


Electrophysiology involves dealing with the study of electric activity in the body. Electrophysiology includes the study of the production of electrical activity and the effects of that electrical activity.

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging

We use advanced imaging techniques to investigate the cardiovascular system to provide a more complete evaluation of patients in diagnosing atherosclerosis, aneurysms, stroke, and cardiac disease.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

PVDs are circulation disorders that affect blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. PVD typically strikes the veins and arteries that supply the arms, legs, and organs located below your stomach.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgery is a broad term encompassing almost all surgery that takes place in the chest, and encompasses cardiac, thoracic, and congenital heart surgery.




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Partnership with Local Facilities

At Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe we have a partnership with local facilities to provide heart catheterizations, PCI, pacemakers, defibrillators, loop recorders, cardiac bypass & valve surgery, & peripheral vascular surgery

We are proud to have these partnerships with two of the finest local hospitals - Saint Francis Medical Center and P & S Surgical Hospital in Monroe for Heart Caths and more complex heart needs. Our cardiologists travel to these facilities and can see you there if you need greater levels of care.

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Cardiac Ultrasounds

Carotid & Extremity Ultrasound Evaluations

The purpose of a lower extremity arterial evaluation is to detect the presence, severity and location of atherosclerosis, which is narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque, in your legs.

The purpose of a carotid-artery duplex scan is to detect the presence of atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing caused by plaque, in your carotid arteries, which are the arteries in your neck that supply blood flow to your brain.


The Complete Cardiovascular Doctors

Dr. Emile BarrowDr. Emile A. Barrow,Jr., is the founder of our clinic. He is the first—and longest-serving—board certified cardiologist in Monroe. He is a board-certified diplomate in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. A Baton Rouge native, he earned degrees from LSU in Baton Rouge and LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Barrow completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and he earned his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii before beginning his practice in Monroe. He is married to Roxana and is an avid fisherman.
Dr Blaine BordersDr. Blaine M. Borders, a northeast Louisiana native, has served this region for 20 years as a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. His medical practice, the Heart, Lung and Vascular Clinic, collaborates with the Complete Cardiovascular Center. He specializes in treatment and surgical intervention of peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, heart surgery, and lung surgery. He earned a degree from LSU in immunology and microbiology; he completed his general surgery residency at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport; and he completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He is married to Carla, and his hobbies include running and music.
Dr Mark NapoliDr. Mark C. Napoli, a board-certified diplomate of cardiology and interventional cardiology, has been practicing with Dr. Barrow for 11 years in Monroe. A Monroe native, Dr. Napoli graduated Summa Cum Laude from ULM. He earned his medical degree at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, and he completed his residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He earned his fellowship at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Dr. Napoli, a motorsport enthusiast, is married to Wendy and enjoys spending time with his family.
Dr Jim RittelmeyerDr. Jim Rittelmeyer, who is board certified in interventional cardiology, has been practicing cardiology for 32 years. While working in Monroe during the mid- 1980s, he performed the first angioplasties at SFMC. He is also experienced in pacemaker and ICD implantation. Most recently, he served as Chief of Cardiology at the James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Rittelmeyer graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and completed his cardiology training at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He is married to Carol and has three daughters. He is an avid baseball fan and enjoys gardening and World War II history.



Complete Cardiovascular Center Treated Conditions

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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed.

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Sudden or gradual onset of symptoms such as Heart Attacks and Unstable Angina are both acute coronary syndromes, an umbrella term for situations where the blood supplied to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked.

Acute Myocardial Infarction

Acute myocardial infarction, the medical name for a heart attack, refers to a heart condition that is caused when the blood circulation or flow is abruptly cut off from the heart. The break in circulation lasts long enough to cause tissue damage or death.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation also called AFib is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Some people refer to AF as a quivering heart. An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AF.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. While often referred to simply as “heart failure”, CHF specifically refers to the stage in which fluid builds up around the heart causing it to pump inefficiently.

Syncope or Fainting

The medical term for fainting is syncope. Fainting is a sudden loss of consciousness, usually temporary and typically caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain. The brain oxygen deprivation has many possible causes, including hypotension.

Get in touch with us!

If you are a Complete Cardiovascular patient and have questions or concerns about your cardiovascular care during office hours, please call our Monroe Office at (318)361-9900