Heart to Heart Podcast

In Heart to Heart, we sit down with leading experts in the field of cardiology to explore various topics related to heart health. Join the physicians of Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists every other Monday, as we discuss the specifics of cardiovascular care and tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle. 


Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists (ACS), is a private physician group specializing in cardiovascular care based in Shreveport, Louisiana. As the only independent Cardiology group in the region, ACS is committed to providing superior cardiovascular care to our communities.


Atrial Fibrillation

Artificial Pump

Cutting edge technology is one of the defining facets of the Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists practice. In this episode of Heart to Heart, Dr. Baucum explains how artificial pumps are used in emergency situations and also to prevent emergency situations.

Dr. Pavan Katikaneni Introduction

Dr. Pavan Katikaneni Introduction

Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists is honored to welcome Dr. Pavan Katikaneni, “Dr. K”, as the newest member of our practice. In this episode of Heart to Heart, you will learn more about Dr. K’s extensive experience, his care philosophy, and what led him to become Board-certified in nearly every area of cardiology.

Atrial Fibrillation

COVID Update #5

Are the new variants of COVID-19 more concerning than what we experienced in 2020?  In this episode of Heart to Heart, Dr. Baucum provides us with his latest insights, including vaccine effectiveness and risks to children. As always, we encourage you to speak with your personal physician about how to best protect yourself and your family.



For patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, there is now an alternative for stroke prevention. In this episode of “Heart to Heart”, Dr. Jimmy Smith discusses the WATCHMAN device and the connections between atrial fibrillation and strokes.

May-Thurner Syndrome

Foam Sclerotherapy

The Vein Center at ACS offers a range of tests and treatment options for venous conditions, including spider and varicose veins. In this episode of “Heart to Heart,” Dr. Ray Smith discusses foam sclerotherapy and why it’s a better treatment option for spider veins compared to traditional treatment options.

Atrial Fibrillation

How ACS Handled COVID

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of patient care, including how patients encounter their physician. In this episode of “Heart to Heart,” Dr. Baucum discusses how ACS has handled the pandemic, and what adjustments might be here to stay.


Transcarotid Artery Revascularization

In this episode of “Heart to Heart,” Dr. Jimmy Smith is joined by Dr. Timothy Danish, a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon with CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, as they discuss Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR). TCAR is a hybrid approach to treating carotid artery disease that combines the protection of surgery with the benefits of a less-invasive procedure.


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