Internal Medicine - Interventional Cardiology - Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. James Rittelmeyer M.D.

Now Practicing In Monroe LA At Complete Cardiovascular Center

About Dr. Rittelmeyer

Dr. Rittelmeyer has over 30 years experience in all aspects of Cardiology Care. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. His experience has included Director of Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Clinic, Director of a coronary care unit and Chief of Cardiology at a major University teaching program. His experience in a wide range of subjects allows him to best choose the appropriate therapy for each patient.

Dr James RittelmeyerDr. James Rittelmeyer was born in Savannah Georgia. His family moved from Georgia to Mississippi to Tennessee back to Mississippi then to Indiana before settling McLean Virginia when he was 11years old. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1974 with a degree in chemistry and from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his Internship, Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego California. He remained on staff as the Director of Electrophysiology and Pacemaker Clinic for four years.

Dr. Rittelmeyer completed his Internship, Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

In 1987 he joined Dr. Emile Barrow at the North Louisiana Clinic in Monroe. While at Saint Francis Medical Center he performed the first coronary angioplasties in Monroe. In 1989 he moved back home to Virginia and was in private practice for 21 years where he was president of a 10 physician cardiology group. Looking for warmer weather he moved to Tampa Florida where he was Chief of Cardiology at the Tampa Veterans Administration Hospital for 5 years. In 2015 he was encouraged by Drs. Barrow and Napoli to return to Monroe and join them in the practice of Cardiology.

Dr. Rittelmeyer began his Cardiology training in 1981 when angioplasty was first introduced. He has been involved in interventional cardiology since that time and has trained Interventional Cardiology Fellows at the University of South Florida while at the Tampa VA. He received Interventional Board Certification in 1999, the first year Interventional Cardiology Boards were given. He has over 30 years experience in all aspects of coronary intervention including high risk procedures.

In 1981 Dr. Rittelmeyer implanted his first pacemaker. Since then he has performed over 1,000 pacemaker and defibrillator implants. More importantly he has experience in understanding the interaction between the device (pacemaker or defibrillator) and the patient. These devices are very complicated and optimal settings can only be achieved with physician participation. Listening to the patient and understanding how the device has helped or hurt the symptoms of heart disease is vital to managing the care of the patient. All too often the devices are left at default settings and no clinical evaluation is performed.

Our Partnerships P & S Surgical Hospital

Our partnerships play a crucial role in how we care for our patients. Thanks to these partnerships we have access to resources that can help improve the overall cardiac care of our patients. Our partnerships include P & S Surgical Hospital, Saint Francis Medical Center, Glenwood Regional Medical Center and Monroe Surgical Hospital.


Listening to the patient and understanding his or her problem is the first and most important step in reaching a successful treatment plan.

Dr. James T. Rittelmeyer, MD

Procedures That Dr. Rittelmeyer Performs

The Complete Cardiovascular Center of Monroe allows patients the convenience of getting procedures done the same day as their office visit.

Non-Invasive procedures that Dr. Rittelmeyer performs inside the clinic include:

  • Pacemaker Follow Up and Monitoring
  • Defibrillator Follow Up and Monitoring
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Cardiac Event Monitoring
  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress Testing
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Detection of Aortic Aneurysms

Invasive procedures that Dr. Rittelmeyer performs inside the hospital:

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Angioplasty with Stent Placement
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Implantable Loop Recorder
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Permanent Pacemaker Implantation

The services offered by Dr. Rittelmeyer include diagnosis and treatment in the specialty fields of General Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Vascular Medicine. His office is equipped with the latest technology and diagnostic equipment to provide quality results.  Dr. Rittelmeyer has always emphasized quality professional care given with individual attention to each patient. Each patient will understand why a test is recommended and what value it will have in their care. The results of all tests and procedures will be explained to each patient’s satisfaction.

Dr. Rittelmeyer feels the better understanding the patient has of their disease, the more effective treatment will be.

Dr Rittelmeyer Cath Lab
Dr Rittelmeyer Stress Test

I served 9 years in the US Navy in the Medical Corps followed by 28 years in private practice. I have been involved in interventional procedures including angioplasty, stenting, pacemaker therapy and defibrillator therapy my entire career.

Dr. James T. Rittelmeyer, MD

Conditions That Dr. Rittelmeyer Treats

Cardiology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Below are some of the Cardiovascular Conditions that are diagnosed and treated by Dr. James Rittelmeyer a cardiologist at Complete Cardiovascular Center in Monroe

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Angina and Heart Attacks
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Palpatations
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heart Enlargement
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Endocarditis
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Syncope (Fainting)

Atrial Fibrillation

A heart rhythm disorder in which the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, contract rapidly and in a disorganized manner.

Congestive Heart Failure

A condition in which the heart is weak and has lost some ability to pump blood.

Syncope or Fainting

A temporary loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain.

Coronary Artery Disease

A  Cholesterol build up in the arteries that may cause chest pain and heart attacks.

Dr Rittelmeyer Cardiovascular Disease



“Listening to the patient and understanding how the defibrillator device has helped or hurt the symptoms of heart disease is vital to managing the care of the patient. All too often the pacemaker devices are left at default settings and no clinical evaluation is performed.”

Dr. James T. Rittelmeyer, MD

Patient Education and Information

Diet and Exercise

Proper diet and exercise are important in creating a heart-healthy lifestyle. After all prevention is the best and least expensive medicine. There are many reasons why people need to diet such as weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol management and food allergies. The press is full of conflicting information and there are hundreds of diets out there. How can one choose? I have an answer that will be sure to please.

Twenty-five years ago I was lucky enough to work with Timothy Harlan, M.D. in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He was a chef before he became an Internal Medicine Specialist treating many patients with heart disease. He now lives in New Orleans and works at Tulane University. He has a website that covers just about any dietary topic you can think of. It also includes recipes and grocery shopping lists so even a novice can become a healthy cook instantly. I encourage everyone to look at this award-winning website Dr. Gourmet

When it comes to exercise the best program is one that the patient will stay with over time. Whether it is parking a stationary bike in front of a TV and watching the evening news while you cycle or running a marathon, regular exercise will help you live longer and feel better. Speak with your doctor before beginning an exercise program and consider the wide variety of options that are available.

Your Heart Disease

There is a long list of things that can go wrong with heart function. I like to make an analogy between the heart and a house. Just as a house has a plumbing system, an electrical system, and a structural frame, so too does the heart. The coronary arteries supply blood and nutrients to the heart muscle (plumbing). The millions of individual cardiac muscle cells have to contract in an efficient organized way (electrical). The heart walls and valves have to be structurally sound for the heart to pump properly (frame). To further complicate things, if something goes wrong with one system it can affect another system. For example, a heart attack due to a blockage can cause life-threatening arrhythmias (electrical) or congestive heart failure (structural).

Fortunately for us the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has a patient-oriented website that provides detailed accurate information on most cardiac illnesses and cardiac procedures. The website is I encourage everyone to learn as much about their heart condition as they would like to know. This is a great place to start. Of course you should ask your cardiologist how a cardiac diagnosis applies to your specific case.

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For your convenience, please print and fill out all applicable forms and present them to the front desk when you arrive for your first office visit with Dr. Rittelmeyer at Complete Cardiovascular Center.

New Patient Registration Form

 All new patients to Dr. Rittelmeyer are asked to complete a Personal History Form. Click here to download form

Health History Update for Returning Patients

Dr. Rittelmeyer asks you to fill out this shorter health history form with each follow-up visit. Click here to download form

Notice of Health Information and Privacy Practices Form

Dr. Rittelmeyer asks you to fill out this HIPPA Notification Form. Click here to download form

Note: These forms are provided in PDF format and requires Adobe Reader to open and view (Click here to download Adobe Reader).



I began my Cardiology training in 1981 when angioplasty was first introduced. I have been involved in interventional cardiology since that time and have trained Interventional Cardiology Fellows at the University of South Florida while at the Tampa VA.

Dr. James T. Rittelmeyer, MD

Insurance That Dr. Rittelmeyer Accepts

Dr. James Rittelmeyer participates in most insurance plans and these are listed below. Please note that this list may change periodically.

  • Aetna Choice Plus POS I
  • Aetna Select
  • Amerihealth
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • LA Healthcare Connection
  • Amerigroup
  • UHC Connection
  • Medicare
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
  • United Healthcare
  • Vantage Health Plan

The office accepts Medicare assignment of benefits for standard Medicare & supplemental Medicare. We also accept most medical insurance plans including many managed HMO’s and PPO’s. You may contact your insurance carrier to verify our participation with your plan or ask the receptionist when making an appointment. We file most insurance claims on behalf of the patient for both primary and secondary insurance. If your plan requires a co-pay, we will collect it at the time of service. The office will accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

If you have insurance with a plan that is accepted by us, you will be responsible for all applicable co-pays, co-insurance annual deductibles and any non-covered services. Please understand that we cannot waive any patient balances. All co-pays are due at the time of service. In the event you have an insurance plan that we do not accept, you will be responsible for payment of all charges not paid by your plan. Most insurance plans refer to this as going “out-of-network.”


The cost of medical care is incredibly expensive. Quality and Value are both important in deciding on proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. James T. Rittelmeyer, MD

Dr. James Rittelmeyer Practices At Complete Cardiovascular Center In Monroe LA