• Make the Most of Your Next Cardiac Care Checkup With These Great Tips

    Cardiac Solutions Team

    Looking to make the most of your next visit to Cardiac Solutions ? Check out the great resources below and make the most of your next cardiac care visit by being informed about your heart’s wellbeing: 

    Cardiac Solutions is recognized as a leading provider in quality cardiac care. Our team-oriented, personalized approach ensures that we are able to provide you with the treatment you need for all of your cardiac conditions. If you live in the Glendale , Peoria or Sun City West area, give our cardiology team a call today at (623) 876-8816.

  • Learn How To Better Care For Your Heart With Help From Cardiac Solutions

    Dr. Elmer Murdock

    Your heart works hard to keep blood pumping through your body. Repay the favor by taking good care of your heart with regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a trim waistline. Your cardiologist can offer you a customized treatment plan to suit your heart health needs. 

    Contact the qualified heart doctors of Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix at (623) 876-8816 and get on the path to better health. Read more about heart health by following these links.

  • Is an Aspirin Regimen Right for Managing Your Heart Health?

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    Many people are advised to take an aspirin as soon as possible upon noticing the potential signs of a heart attack. However, a daily aspirin regimen may also offer heart health benefits for some people. Because everyone’s medical needs are unique, it is important to consult a cardiologist before trying a daily aspirin regimen. Only your doctor or cardiologist can tell you if an aspirin is right for you.

    How does Aspirin Benefit Heart Health?
    Aspiring works to reduce your risk of heart attack by inhibiting the clumping action of platelets , which are the clotting cells of the blood. This helps prevent the formation of blood clots. Blood clots are quite dangerous for your cardiovascular health because they can block an artery that has been narrowed by atherosclerosis. In addition to a daily aspirin regimen and taking aspirin when a heart attack occurs, this drug may also be used during recovery from a heart attack.

    Who Can Benefit from Aspirin?
    Cardiologists recommend aspirin for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, as well as those who have more than one risk factor for an adverse cardiovascular event. These risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, tobacco use, and a family history of heart disease or stroke. Diseases like diabetes and kidney disease, as well as being over the age of 65, also elevate the risk.

    Who Shouldn’t Take Aspirin?
    Aspirin isn’t for everyone, particularly those with a history of bleeding problems. Those with liver or kidney problems, nasal polyps, or ulcers may be advised against a daily aspirin regimen. It may also be unsuitable for those with asthma or uncontrolled hypertension.

    What are the Potential Complications?
    If your doctor recommends a daily aspirin regimen for your heart health, talk to him or her about the potential side effects to watch out for. Severe side effects, like vision problems or bloody urine, warrant a prompt call to your doctor. To help prevent complications, avoid alcohol consumption and inform your doctor of all other medications and supplements you take.

    Is a daily aspirin regimen right for you? Find out by scheduling an appointment with the cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix . Call us today at (623) 876-8816 or visit our website to learn more about our quality cardiac care services. 

  • Exploring the Connection Between Heart Disease and Women

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    If you’re a woman, you should be particularly concerned about heart disease . Fatalities from heart attacks are more common amongst women, and heart disease is also more prevalent in women than in men. Part of the problem is that women tend to be slower in getting medical help than men. As well, symptoms and risk factors often vary, depending on the patient’s gender.

    Risk Factors for Heart Disease
    Obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are risk factors for heart disease amongst both men and women. However, women have an elevated risk due to other factors, such as depression and mental stress, tobacco use, and metabolic syndrome. Additionally, women who have lower levels of post-menopause estrogen are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

    Symptoms of a Heart Attack
    The typical signs of a heart attack are pain or pressure in the chest, along with pain or discomfort in the upper body. However, women may experience different symptoms as well . These symptoms can include sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, abnormal fatigue, and nausea or vomiting. The reason for the difference in symptoms amongst the genders is that women tend to develop blockages in the smaller arteries, as well as the larger ones. This is a condition called coronary microvascular disease, also known as small vessel heart disease.

    Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Risk
    Work with a cardiologist to reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems. Maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure with a low-sodium diet. Avoid the use of tobacco and exercise regularly. For women especially, it is also important to practice stress management. Practice deep breathing, take a yoga class, or work with a therapist to reduce your stress.

    Are you at a higher risk for heart disease? Learn more about taking care of your heart with the educational classes offered by Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix . Call us today at (623) 876-8816 to schedule an appointment and learn more about our classes and cardiac care services. 

     

  • Understanding the Basic Structure and Function of the Heart

    Medical Illustration of a Heart

    The heart is a muscular organ made up of valves, chambers, and blood vessels. It is about the size of a fist and weighs approximately one pound. The heart works to circulate blood to provide the body with oxygen and nutrients and to remove waste materials. To accomplish this, the heart pumps approximately five quarts of blood every minute. Read on to learn more about the basic structure and function of the heart.

    The Chambers
    There are four chambers in the heart. The upper chambers are the atria and the lower chambers are the ventricles. They are referred to as the left or right atria and the left or right ventricles. The chambers on the right side pump blood to the lungs so that it can be replenished with oxygen. The chambers on the left side pump the oxygenated blood back through the body. The septa, which are “walls” made of muscle, keep the left and right chambers separate so that the oxygenated blood does not mix with the oxygen-depleted blood.

    The Valves
    Your heart has four valves that are made of tissue and can open and close just like a gate. These valves are the tricuspid, pulmonic, aortic, and mitral valve. They work to prevent the blood from flowing in the wrong direction. As the atria contract, the blood is forced through the mitral and tricuspid valves into the ventricles. As the ventricles contract, blood flows from the left ventricle through the aortic valve. Blood also flows from the right ventricle through the pulmonary valve and into the lungs.

    The Blood Vessels
    Blood vessels are another important component of the heart. Veins transport blood from the rest of the body to the heart to receive more oxygen. Arteries transport blood from the heart to the body. The aorta, which is the largest artery, receives blood from the left ventricle. The right ventricle pumps into the pulmonary trunk, which then divides into pulmonary arteries to bring blood to the lungs.

    To learn more about your heart and how you can keep it healthy, contact the qualified cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions. We serve Phoenix-area patients who require diagnostic testing, surgical treatments, and more. Make an appointment at our heart clinic today by calling (623) 876-8816.

     

  • What Does Alcohol Have to Do with Your Heart?

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    The link between alcohol and heart health is rather complicated. You may have heard about scientific studies that recommend consuming moderate amounts of alcohol to help prevent heart disease. On the other hand, alcohol can also contribute to heart failure. So is alcohol good or bad for your health? Keep reading to learn more, and always consult your cardiologist for advice on a heart-healthy lifestyle.

    Beneficial Effects of Alcohol
    Certain people may actually benefit from consuming moderate amounts of alcohol. If you’re an older adult with high cholesterol, alcohol may help by lowering cholesterol. It can also lower high blood pressure. These actions might reduce the risk of heart disease. However, alcohol consumption tends to have more adverse effects on those who do not have risk factors for heart disease and those who are middle-aged or younger. It’s also important to bear in mind that the definition of moderate alcohol consumption is no more than one drink daily for women and up to two drinks daily for men. Furthermore, your cardiologist will likely recommend that you use healthier lifestyle remedies for heart disease prevention, such as exercise and diet, instead of consuming alcohol.

    Adverse Effects of Alcohol
    Any amount of alcohol alters the way the heart functions. Heavy alcohol consumption can gradually lead to the weakening of the heart muscle. The organ can also become enlarged, a condition referred to as cardiomegaly. Cardiomegaly adversely affects the heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently.

    Heart Disease & Alcohol
    If you have heart disease, it’s very important to talk to your cardiologist about your alcohol consumption. When heart disease is caused by alcohol consumption, continued use of alcoholic beverages in any amount will worsen the condition. Fortunately, quitting drinking will help treat the condition.

    When you meet with your cardiologist, discuss all of your lifestyle habits so that he or she can help you improve your heart health. Schedule an appointment with the cardiologists  of Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix. Call us today at (623) 876-8816 and ask about our educational courses and cardiac care services. 

     

     

  • The Importance of a Proper Diagnosis and Treatment for Heart Disease

     

    Heart disease is especially deadly for women, and many women resist the idea of seeing a doctor about their symptoms. This was the case for Michelle, a 15-year survivor of heart disease. Michelle ignored her symptoms until she lost consciousness one day. After her diagnosis of heart disease , she underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker.

    Watch this video to learn more about Michelle’s story. You will also hear her advice for other women who want to protect their heart health. Michelle explains why women can be hesitant to get help and offers a solution. She also urges women to be more conscious about what they eat. 

    The cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix are dedicated to helping patients get on the road to better health. Schedule an appointment today by calling (623) 876-8816.

  • More Heart Healthy Tips From Your Favorite Phoenix Cardiologists!

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    Cardiac Solutions is a full-service heart clinic in Phoenix. Our team can see to it that you receive the comprehensive care you need for a long and healthy future. To learn more about the services that our cardiologists provide, call (623) 876-8816 or visit our website.

     

  • Cardiac Solutions and the February Facebook Fan Drive

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    Cardiac Solutions wants to help spread the word on how to stay heart-healthy and we need your help! All throughout the month of February, American Heart Month , we will donate $1.00 for every new Facebook Page  “Like” we receive to the American Heart Association !

    So spread the word, tell your friends and share this article! Help us expand our Facebook page and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. 

    Charity begins on February 1, 2013 and ends on March 1, 2013 or until Cardiac Solutions’ Facebook Page receive 2,000 new “Likes”.