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    What Is a Peripheral Angiogram?

    Last updated 1 day 3 hours ago

    When peripheral artery disease is left untreated, it can lead to persistent wounds, infections, and heart attacks or stroke. However, if heart doctors can diagnose peripheral artery disease before it causes these complications, they can create a treatment plan to prevent them. A peripheral angiogram is a diagnostic test that uses x-ray imagery to determine whether peripheral artery disease is present in the arms or legs.

    A peripheral angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically done on an outpatient basis. In many cases, patients remain awake during the procedure. The test can alert heart doctors to the presence of blocked arteries in the extremities. After determining if the arteries are suffering from plaque buildup, cardiologists can prescribe medication to thin the blood and reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream or do a procedure to unblock the artery. They can also offer diet and exercise recommendations to help patients further reduce their risk of future wounds, infections, and serious heart events.

    Procedural Steps
    During a peripheral angiogram, a catheter is inserted into an artery that releases dye into the bloodstream. This dye highlights the arteries in targeted regions, and if any blockages are present, they will show up on x-rays. This is an outpatient procedure.

    Recovery Tips
    Most peripheral angiogram patients can return home the same day as their procedures. However, many heart doctors may recommend that patients rest for the remainder of the day. Because the site at which the catheter is inserted might be sore, patients might also want to avoid rigorous activity in the days following their procedures.

    Are you scheduled for an upcoming peripheral angiogram? If you have more questions about this safe and convenient procedure, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. The associates at our Glendale or Peoria clinic can explain your test in further detail and discuss the preliminary measures you may need to take before undergoing it. 

    Cardiac Solutions' Heart Failure Management Clinic

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Heart failure is a serious health condition, but with the right tools and proper management, you can effectively manage your symptoms and enjoy a very satisfied life.  Cardiac Solutions offers a Heart Failure Program for the residents of Glendale, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Avondale, and the surrounding communities. Our Heart Failure Program is a multifaceted service that focuses on teaching each heart failure patient how to manage his or her condition with a combination of healthy lifestyle habits, education for both the patient and their caregiver as well as manage medications. Your diet can directly impact the severity of your heart failure, so our Heart Failure Program offers information about what foods can help or hurt cardiac health. Our clinicians also manage heart failure medications very closely.

    Heart failure doesn’t have to impede your quality of life. Let Cardiac Solutions in Peoria give you the tools you need to keep your heart failure under control. For more information on our Heart Failure Program, call (623) 208-5305 today.

    Clinical Programs Available at Cardiac Solutions

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Cardiac Solutions makes it easy for the residents of Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, Sun City and Sun City West to manage their cardiac conditions and promote their best heart health. For the convenience and care of our patients, we offer several clinical programs aimed at educating participants and their caregivers on how to control / reduce common heart-related problems. Here are just a few we offer at our different locations. Our programs and clinics teach individuals about the diagnosis, actions to take to avoid hospitalizations and serious cardiac problems in the future so they can have a better outcome and enjoy the things they like to do.  You can find out more below.

    Anticoagulation Management Program
    Heart attacks and strokes often arise as the result of clots that prevent blood from reaching the heart or brain. To alleviate the risk of blood clots, heart doctors might prescribe anticoagulants, which are drugs that thin the blood for prevent these blood clots. They also may prescribe them for an irregular heartbeat.  As important as these medications can be to overall health, patients must take special care when taking them for their. Our anticoagulation management program helps participants learn more about how these drugs work, why they are taking it and what safety precautions to take when using the drug as well as the management of the drug.

    Cholesterol Management Program
    High cholesterol is a common risk factor for many and can be an issue for heart-related conditions, including heart attacks. It is possible to prevent or reduce high cholesterol by following healthy lifestyle habits. The cholesterol management program at Cardiac Solutions can help participants learn how their diet and exercise regimens can lessen their risk of high cholesterol. Our program can also inform patients about how to use cholesterol management medication to stabilize their condition.

    Implantable Device Clinic
    Individuals with some heart conditions and with serious heart arrhythmias may undergo treatment that uses a pacemaker or defibrillator to control the rate at which the heart beats. Though these devices prove integral to the health of those with arrhythmias and heart problems, heart doctors must regularly assess their functionality for the health and safety of the patients. Our implantable device clinic allows our cardiologists to monitor the health statuses of our pacemaker and defibrillator patients..

    Would you like to learn more about our clinical programs? If so, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to address your questions and concerns.

    Understanding Anticoagulant Therapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 9 days ago

    If your cardiologist has ever recommended that you take aspirin every day to help reduce the risk of a heart attack, you may already know a little bit about anticoagulant therapy. Anticoagulants are medications that treat and prevent blood clots by preventing platelets from sticking together. Though clotting can be a useful function, blood clots can also cause problems. A stroke occurs when there is a clot that prevents blood from flowing to the brain, while a heart attack can happen when a clot stops the normal flow of blood to the heart. If your cardiologist has you on anticoagulant therapy, it is essential to understand what you can and cannot do during this treatment, as even minor injuries could result in internal bleeding when you are taking anticoagulants. Explore this infographic from the Phoenix cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions to learn more about anticoagulant therapy. Please share with your friends and family. 

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    How Diabetes Affects Your Heart

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Heart disease is the most prevalent cause of death in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk for it, but research indicates that individuals with diabetes are particularly at risk.

    Diabetes is a metabolic condition, but it often develops in conjunction with or because of a heart issue. Studies show that hypertension, or high blood pressure, often occurs alongside diabetes. As a result, it becomes more difficult for the arteries to stay strong and flexible enough to pump blood throughout the body. Research also points to a strong relationship between diabetes and high cholesterol. Like hypertension, high cholesterol can deteriorate arterial health.

    Are you a diabetes sufferer? Have you also been diagnosed with hypertension or high cholesterol? If so, call Cardiac Solutions in Glendale today at (623) 208-5305. Our team of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can see to it that you enjoy your best heart health despite your diabetes diagnosis. 

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