Cardiac Solutions

Cardiac Solutions will continue to be the leader providing quality cardiac care, utilizing a personalized, team-oriented approach, and promoting wellness through education, innovation and technology.

How Do Pacemakers Work?

PacemakerIf you have a heart arrhythmia, a pacemaker is one treatment option cardiologists may suggest. Pacemakers both monitor and control your heartbeat, helping you to avoid complications associated with arrhythmias while providing your heart doctor with valuable information.

Pacemakers have three parts: a battery, a generator, and wires. The wires have sensors that are placed in different chambers of the heart. The pacemaker records your heartbeat and transmits that information to your physician. It also reacts when it identifies an abnormal heartbeat. If your heartbeat becomes abnormal, the pacemaker will send electrical pulses via the wires to each connected chamber of your heart. Your heart doctor can program your pacemaker specifically to your needs and make changes to that programming using an external device based on the information the pacemaker is recording.

At Cardiac Solutions, our doctors can implant and manage pacemakers for a variety of heart conditions. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please call (623) 876-8816.

Exploring the Treatments for Pulmonary Hypertension

Hypertension is a term that most people have heard, but pulmonary hypertension may not be as familiar. Pulmonary hypertension refers to a specific type of high blood pressure that impacts the arteries on the right side of the heart and in the lungs. This serious condition needs to be closely managed by your heart doctor near Phoenix to control your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Here is a look at some of the treatment options for this type of heart disease.

Vasodilators are medications that open narrowed blood vessels. These drugs are commonly used for pulmonary hypertension. One type of vasodilator that your heart doctor may prescribe, epoprostenol, is continuously delivered under your skin via an IV catheter attached to a small pump. The pump can be worn in a pack on your belt or over your shoulder. Another common vasodilator, iloprost, is inhaled via a nebulizer every three hours. Like most medications, these medications can have side effects, some significant, so your doctor will closely monitor how the drugs affect you.

Anticoagulants discourage the formation of blood clots. These medications are taken orally, but it’s important to take them exactly how they are prescribed to avoid severe side effects. Anticoagulants also increase the risk of bleeding complications. If you take these medicines, your heart doctor will monitor their effectiveness with periodic blood tests.

Diuretics are oral medications that help to reduce the amount of excess fluid in your body. Eliminating fluid eases the amount of work your heart has to do. If you experience fluid build-up in your lungs, diuretics can also help with this.

Pulmonary hypertension is among the many heart conditions that the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions treat. You can learn more about the care we provide in our heart clinic by calling (623) 876-8816.

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