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    Thinking About Your Partner Can Result in an Energy Boost!

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    "As the participants thought about their partners, the team observed a rise in glucose and an increase in positive mood for a short duration.

    However, when the participants thought about a friend of the opposite sex or their morning routine, the team observed a slight decline in blood glucose levels and no positive effects."

    Read more about this at MedicalNewsToday.com.

    The ALS ice bucket challenge has been making quite the scene, read more about it here.

    Last updated 6 days ago

    According to WedMD, "President George W. Bush, despite saying in the preamble to his video that having a bucket of water dumped on his head is "not presidential," was soon soaked by ice water at the hands of his wife Laura Bush. He went on to challenge his presidential predecessor, Bill Clinton."

    Read more here.

    The Importance of Heart Failure Management and Close Continued Care

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Heart failure may be a number of different conditions that cause the heart to progressively become less effective at supplying the body with sufficient blood flow. Heart failure may be related to weakness in the heart which causes weak contractions that can reduce the amount of oxygenated blood pushed out to the body or can cause fluid buildup. In either case, heart failure should be monitored by a cardiac care team that should be included in a patient’s regular routine. Below is a closer look at why this type of care is essential for patients with heart failure.

    Medication management and proper use
    Medication will play a critical role in heart failure management, but patients can have varying reactions to the wide range of medications that may be prescribed. Patients may also need detailed instructions about how and when to take medicine as well as the substances that may cause negative interactions. Your cardiac physician or Heart Failure Clinical Program can instruct you on proper use for your medication to ensure that it works effectively over an extended period.

    Lifestyle accountability
    In order to prevent further damage to the heart and reduce the need for procedures like bypass surgery or heart transplant, patients with heart failure should pay close attention to their daily habits. With the right exercise routine, diet, and control of vital numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol, patients can have better outcomes on their path to better heart health.. Regular visits with a cardiac care team will keep patients more accountable for important lifestyle changes so they are better able to stay on track.

    Longer, happier lives
    Heart failure does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. The help of close continued care will ensure better years to come and the peace of mind.

    The interdisciplinary care team at Cardiac Solutions in the Phoenix area can design a care plan that works for you through their CHF Programs so that you are able to live freely with heart failure. You can start on your path to better health with us by scheduling an appointment online or calling us at (623) 208-5305. 

    Cardiac Solutions Review

    Last updated 10 days ago

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    Treating an Atrial Septal Defect

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart that are present from birth; they may be life-threatening or they might only cause minor symptoms that can be managed without any serious medical intervention. Atrial septal defects are a relatively common type of congenital heart defect, occurring in about 1,966 babies in the United States each year. This defect could be a serious problem, or it may only be a minor issue for heart health. The severity of the condition and the age of the patient will dictate the appropriate treatment path, which may include surgical procedures.

    Symptoms of atrial septal defect
    An atrial septal defect is a hole in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart. It allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the low-oxygen blood chambers of the heart. As a result, more blood flows through the lungs and causes damage to the blood vessels over time. Signs of this problem include high blood pressure, heartbeat abnormalities, and difficulty breathing. When an atrial septal defect is diagnosed in infancy, it is typically associated with symptoms such as trouble feeding, shortness of breath, skipped heartbeats, or swelling of the feet and legs.

    Treatment options
    If symptoms are not serious and the size of the hole is relatively small, surgery may not be considered for treatment. Instead, a physician may monitor the activity of the heart and lungs and put off treatment until the condition worsens (if it ever does). Cardiac catheterization is the preferred method when surgery is needed, because it uses a much smaller and safer incision to protect the heart and surrounding organs.

    Cardiac Solutions in the Phoenix area can provide care for adults and children with congenital heart defects through several convenient locations in Peoria, Sun City West Avondale, Glendale and Arrowhead. You can schedule a consultation for your cardiac care with us on our website or by calling (623) 208-5305. 

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