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.

Foods that Help Lower Bad Cholesterol

Heart Healthy Foods

If you have high cholesterol, your heart doctor may prescribe medication to help get it under control. However, lifestyle changes, particularly adjustments to your diet, also matter. By simply changing some of the foods you eat, you may be able to reduce your bad cholesterol and your risk of heart disease.

Avocados are a great choice for reducing high cholesterol. Try them in place of mayo on sandwiches or add them to salads. Sip black or green tea to get a dose of antioxidants, but don’t overdo it on sugar or milk in the tea. Snack on nuts like walnuts or pistachios and get plenty of whole grains at every meal. Eat fish rich in omega-3 like salmon, and use olive oil for salad dressings. For an indulgence, enjoy small quantities of dark chocolate and red wine for heart health benefits.

If you have high cholesterol in Phoenix, schedule an appointment with a heart doctor at Cardiac Solutions. We treat a range of heart conditions and offer patient education through our heart clinics. Schedule your consultation by calling (623) 876-8816.

Distinguishing Between Different Types of Arrhythmias

Distinguishing Between Different Types of ArrhythmiasAbnormal heartbeats, or arrhythmias, are common heart conditions that affect millions of people. They can be minor or severe, but with treatment by a heart doctor, they can be regulated. One of the first steps in treating an arrhythmia is diagnosing the type. Here is a look at some of the common kinds.

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia. It causes irregular contractions in the atria of the heart, thanks to electrical signals that begin in the wrong part of the heart. These signals cause the atria to beat irregularly and prevent them from pumping blood to the ventricles in the normal way. Although atrial fibrillation is not usually life-threatening, it does increase the risk of both stroke and congestive heart failure. Your heart doctor can treat atrial fibrillation with cardioversion and medications. If an underlying condition, like hyperthyroidism, is contributing to the atrial fibrillation, treating it can also help resolve symptoms.

Ventricular Fibrillation
Ventricular fibrillation, a type of ventricular arrhythmia, occurs when the ventricles don’t beat normally, but quiver instead. Unlike atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation can be life-threatening and can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Immediate treatment to reset the heartbeat through a process called defibrillation is required. People have the biggest risk of ventricular fibrillation during a heart attack or when their heart is weakened from heart disease.

Brady arrhythmias
With a brady arrhythmia, the heart beats slower than it normally would. Your heart doctor may diagnose you with a bradyarrhythmia if your heart beats less than 60 times per minute. These arrhythmias are usually associated with medications, chemical imbalances, and heart attacks. Hypothyroidism and other conditions that alter the electrical activity in the heart can also be to blame.

Cardiac Solutions provides diagnostic testing and treatments for a range of heart conditions, including arrhythmias. Make an appointment with one of our cardiologists near Phoenix and find out more about our heart clinic by calling (623) 876-8816.

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