Apex Prevention


Apex Prevention

I have been running a cardiovascular prevention center locally, under the direction of a group of cardiologists, for 4 years.  And while the center was the first of its kind in the area, the program was limited to one particular protocol for the screening of patients.  There are several nationally recognized prevention models from all over the country.  Medicine is evolving and so is prevention.  I felt the need to expand my services to include not just one but several prevention methods available to clients.

About Deirdre Detraz, ANPC

After graduating from Abbeville High School in 1995, I enrolled in undergraduate studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2000, and then moved to Dallas, Texas.  There I participated in a 3 month Critical Care Residency at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems before spending the next 3 years as a critical care nurse at Medical Center of Plano.  It was there I decided to forego my original plan to specialize in nurse anesthesia and pursue what has turned out to be my true calling.  I earned my Master’s Degree in Science specializing in adult health as a Nurse deePractitioner (NP) in 2005.  That year, I moved from Texas back home to south Louisiana where I worked in a local emergency room.

In 2006, I accepted a cardiac nurse practitioner position with a cardiology group in Lafayette, Louisiana where I remained for 7 years, specializing in the care of patients with various cardiovascular conditions.  Four years ago, I was given an opportunity to be the sole practicing healthcare provider to the area’s first cardiovascular prevention center.  And that brings us to the present.

As, thankfully, everything in medicine and healthcare continues to grow and expand as does our body of knowledge, I decided to “spread my wings” from my former prevention center to open my own prevention clinic.  Here I will continue to specialize, not only on cardiovascular prevention, but also cardiometabolic risk assessment and reduction.  While treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol are cornerstones for preventing heart disease and strokes, there remain numerous other conditions and risk factors that are simply not addressed at even the most affluent local cardiovascular prevention centers.

Over the last 4 years, I have taken my position as a specialist in prevention very seriously.  I seek opportunities to attend conferences and preceptorships all over the country that focus specifically on cardiac prevention and take advantage of offers to “shadow” nationally recognized leaders in cardiovascular prevention.  In doing so, I am able to learn the most effective and cutting edge techniques and screening tools available to provide the absolute best care for my patients whom entrust their healthcare to me.  As always, patients can continue to expect very individualized visits where they are instrumental in assisting me in providing personalized recommendations and treatment plans based on their own specific results.

I am proud to announce my affiliation with HASPA, the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Alliance, and a graduate of the BaleDoneen Method preceptorship.  Preventing heart attacks and strokes in one patient at a time…it’s what I was born to do!