• A Look at the Clinical Programs Offered by Cardiac Solutions

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    Understanding your cardiac treatment plan is as important as receiving care. At Cardiac Solutions , we believe that patient education is the foundation of achieving long-lasting health. We offer a variety of clinical programs to ensure that you have the information you need to live a healthy and productive life.

    Implantable Device Clinic
    Implantable devices such as pacemakers or defibrillators act as watchdogs to keep your heart functioning as it should. If you have one of these devices, regular checkups are needed to ensure both your health and the function of the device. The Cardiac Solutions Implantable Device Clinic provides these regular checks of your device. In addition, we offer remote monitoring options of your device so your physician can be alerted to any changes even if you are at home.

    Anticoagulation Management Program
    Warfarin, Jantoven, and Coumadin are common anticoagulants prescribed to patients who are at risk for developing blood clots. The effects of anticoagulants can vary over time even with consistent dosage, so regular blood tests and medication adjustments are needed. Certain foods or other medications can also affect your reaction to anticoagulants. Cardiac Solutions’ Anticoagulation Management Program offers you a one-on-one information session with one of our staff, an INR blood test, and the information you need to manage your medication and lifestyle.

    Cholesterol Management Program
    Managing cholesterol is an important part of many preventive and maintenance health programs. Cardiac Solutions’ Cholesterol Management Program explains the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol and how you can lower the levels of cholesterol that put your heart at risk. You will meet one-on-one with a registered nurse for cholesterol testing and education on how to make lifestyle or dietary changes to improve your cholesterol levels

    Heart Failure Clinical Program
    Our heart failure clinical program is designed to help patients learn and recognize the early signs and symptoms of heart failure. Featuring one-on-one sessions with registered nurses, the heart failure clinical program gives you the ability to take control of your heart health through our classes on dietary and fluid reductions, managing medications, as well as  onsite blood testing with immediate results. We offer heart failure educational classes at our Peoria location on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We also offer courses at our Sun City West location on Tuesday and Thursday and Friday’s. 

    You can learn more about these and the other clinical programs offered by Cardiac Solutions by calling (623) 876-8816. We have four locations in Peoria, Sun City West, Avondale, and Glendale to provide you with the close and convenient care you need. Click on our website to read through our blog and find more information about maintaining good health

     

  • What is a Holter Monitor?

    A Holter monitor is a device that measures your heart activity using electrodes attached to your chest. It is worn 24 hours a day for one to three days. During this time, the Holter monitor measures and records your heart rhythm for your cardiologist to examine at a later date. While you are wearing the monitor, it should not be removed or gotten wet, so you will not be able to bathe. You will also be asked to keep a record of your activities so that your heart rate and rhythm can be matched to your level of activity or stress after the test. The recording device can be easily worn on a belt or strap for convenience. Once the duration of the test is over, your doctor will remove the electrodes and examine the data to diagnose your condition. 

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    You can get more information about Holter monitors and other diagnostic tests from the doctors at Cardiac Solutions . Our team of cardiologists works to provide a personalized approach to cardiac care for each of our patients. Call (623) 876-8816 to schedule your appointment with us or click on our website to learn more about heart monitoring and health. 

  • Anthony E. Sandoval to join Cardiac Solutions Soon

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    Cardiac Solutions is very excited to announce that Anthony E. Sandoval, MD, FACC will be joining us soon. Dr. Sandoval is an an Interventional Cardiologist and is well known and respected in the valley. We are excited to have him join our Cardiac Solutions Team

  • Dr. Kates & Team Receive Banner’s Best Performance Excellence Spotlight Award

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    Yesterday, the CCTA program at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center was awarded Banner’s Best Performance Excellence Spotlight Award .  The award was based on introduction of novel techniques that result in excellent patient care and quality outcomes.  Drs. Kates , Dewald and Lozon have brought together 3 departments of medical specialties to deliver a novel program that has resulted in enhanced diagnostic capability at reduced cost as well as improved clinical outcomes .

    Beginning in 2009 Dr. Marc Kates , Cardiologist with Cardiac Solutions , Dr. Chris Dewald, Chairman of Radiology and Dr. Joe Lozon, Dept Chair Emergency Medicine at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center introduced a new protocol for the management of patients presenting with acute chest pain to Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Emergency Department.  Prior to the development of this program the standard of care included a nearly 2 day hospital stay consisting of serial blood tests followed by a nuclear stress test.  With the introduction of the CCTA (Coronary CT Angiography) program certain patients felt to be of intermediate risk for coronary artery disease undergoes a single blood test followed by an immediate CT scan of the heart. This test provides accurate assessment of the coronary arteries including potential blockages that may lead to chest pain and subsequent heart attack.  This new protocol has resulted in a reduction of hospitalization from nearly 2 days to as short as 6-8 hours.  In addition, the patient is exposed to less radiation and the test has proved to have superb ability to identify those who have coronary artery disease and those who may be subsequently discharged home at very low cardiovascular risk. 

  • Learn How to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease With this Great App!

    Heart disease is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and diet. Understanding how these factors contribute to your risk for heart disease is the first step in preventing heart problems before they start.

    The Heart Disease Prevention app is a comprehensive tool for preventing heart disease and living a healthier, longer life. You’ll find the up-to-date information you need to make healthy lifestyle changes right at your fingertips. Whether your goal is to prevent heart disease or manage your condition, this app can help.

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    At Cardiac Solutions, we are here to help you prevent or manage heart disease to achieve the highest quality of life. Our unique personalized team approach to cardiac medicine focuses on care and education targeted toward each of our patients’ needs. Check us out on the Web or call (623) 876-8816 to learn more about us! 

     

  • Understanding the Uses of Electrocardiography

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    Electrocardiography, also known as EKG or ECG, is a method of recording the heart’s activity for your doctor or cardiologist to examine. As the heart beats, the muscle fibers within it create an electrical signal which travels from the top of the heart to the bottom. By measuring these electrical signals, your doctor can learn more about your heart and how it is functioning.

    What Does an Electrocardiogram Show?
    An electrocardiogram offers a completely noninvasive way for your doctor to study your heart’s function. Your heartbeats are recorded and shown on a monitor, which tells your doctor how fast your heart is beating, how regular its beats are, and how strong each beat is. Thus, your doctor can easily identify irregularities in your heartbeat or problems with the mechanism of contraction. If your heart is beating unevenly or at poorly-timed intervals, it is an indication that care is needed to return it to a healthy pattern of beating.

    Why Do You Need an Electrocardiogram?
    If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or fatigue, your doctor may perform an electrocardiogram to check your heart’s function. In addition, if you experience fluttering, pounding, or racing heartbeats, an electrocardiogram can quantify the problem. Electrocardiograms may be used as a preventive measure to screen for early signs of heart disease that may not be otherwise detectable. If you have a family history of heart disease or are at higher risk for developing problems, your health care provider may suggest an electrocardiogram to establish your current cardiac health. Other uses of electrocardiography include screening or monitoring before and after surgical procedures or as a check to examine how medication or an implanted device is affecting your heart.

    If you have questions about your heart or your health, contact the Cardiac Solutions heart clinic of Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West & Avondale by calling (623) 876-8816. We proudly provide comprehensive heart care through a team approach promoting cooperation between your doctor, your nurses, and your cardiologist. Check out our blog to learn more about your heart and how it works. 

  • Understanding Echocardiograms

    During an echocardiogram, an ultrasound machine is used to bounce sound waves off your heart and create a real-time image. Echocardiograms are used to examine the valves and thickness of the heart muscle, as well as to look for problems in heart function, size, or shape. This test may also be used to check that an artificial valve is functioning properly.

    The most common type of echocardiogram is a transthoracic echocardiogram, which uses an ultrasound probe pressed on your chest or abdomen. A tansesophageal echocardiogram provides a clearer picture of your heart via a probe inserted into your mouth and down your esophagus. Stress echocardiograms measure your heart’s function before and after exercise to check the throughput of blood. Doppler echocardiograms measure the speed and direction of blood as it flows through your heart. 

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    If you would like to learn more about echocardiograms and how they can help diagnose or monitor heart problems, contact Cardiac Solutions  by calling (623) 876-8816. Whether you live in Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West or Avondale – our cardiologists will be happy to answer your questions about echocardiograms and other diagnostic tests for better heart health. Visit our website to read more about our dedication to providing our patients with high-quality cardiac care.

     

  • Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women today. Unfortunately, many women do not associate their symptoms with a heart attack until it is too late. This video explains the symptoms of a heart attack in women. 

    Heart attack symptoms in women can differ vastly from the symptoms experienced by men. Many women feel discomfort such as nausea, sweating, and jaw and shoulder pain or soreness. Dizziness, shortness of breath, and pressure in the chest may also occur. If you or a woman you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, call for emergency medical assistance immediately. 

    At Cardiac Solutions, your heart health is our No. 1 priority. Since 1984, we have been helping Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West and the surrounding communities by providing top-quality cardiac care for women and men. You can learn more about us by calling (623) 876-8816 or visiting our website. 

     

  • Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Men and Women

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    Heart attack symptoms can vary significantly in both their severity and their presentation. Additionally, men and women may exhibit very different symptoms of the same condition, often causing confusion over when to seek help. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, seek immediate medical care. The sooner care is received, the better the outcome after the attack.

    Heart Attack Symptoms in Men
    Men frequently experience the “telltale” symptom of chest pain or heaviness during a heart attack. Chest pain or fullness may seem to disappear after a few minutes, only to recur again soon after. However, chest pain is not the only warning sign of a problem. In many cases, no feeling of chest pain may be present. Instead, pain may radiate up the neck and jaw or down one or both arms. Stomach pain, nausea, or abdominal pain similar to indigestion may occur. Other signs of a heart attack include shortness of breath, dizziness, and breaking out into a cold sweat.

    Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
    As with men, chest pain is still a common and unequivocal indicator of a heart attack in women. However, fewer women than men experience chest pain during a heart attack, so it is essential that other, more subtle symptoms are noted and acted upon. Other common heart attack symptoms in women include cold sweat, shortness of breath, disorientation or dizziness, and a feeling of indigestion. Nausea and vomiting may occur, causing many women to believe that they are sick rather than experiencing a heart attack. Pain, soreness, or aching may occur in the jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, or back.

    Get the information you need about heart attacks and how to recognize them from the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions. Whether you live in Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West or Avondale, we provide comprehensive care – including general cardiology, cardiology procedures, and patient education. You can learn more about us or schedule an appointment by calling (623) 876-8816 or clicking on the link to our website. 

  • Lifestyle Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

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    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Preventing heart disease can be as easy as making a few simple changes to your everyday life. Your doctor can provide you with an individualized plan to make the right changes for heart disease prevention and improved overall wellness.

    Exercise Regularly
    Regular exercise improves circulation, tones the muscles of your body, maintains bone health, and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, keeping your weight under control reduces your risk for weight-related health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. All of these conditions put extra strain on your heart, so preventing them is also an important step in warding off heart disease.

    Eat a Healthy Diet
    Your diet plays a major role in the health of your body and heart. The right diet will help you maintain a healthy weight as well as provide your body with the nutrients it needs to repair damage. Be sure to eat a diet that is low in sodium and fat and high in fresh fruits and vegetables. Calcium, whole grains, and nuts are also heart-healthy dietary choices. Talk to your doctor about whether taking vitamins or other supplements could also reduce your risk of heart disease.

    Stop Smoking
    Smoking has been linked to the development and exacerbation of heart disease. The chemicals in cigarettes cause your arteries to narrow , reducing the amount of blood that can flow from your heart to the rest of your body. This causes your heart to work harder than it should. Smoking also increases your risk for blood clots, which can cut off your heart’s blood supply and lead to a heart attack.

    You can get the information and assistance you and your family need to make positive lifestyle changes for your health at Cardiac Solutions. Whether you live in Peoria, Glendale  or Sun City West – our expert team of cardiologists and physician assistants can help! To find out more about us, call (623) 876-8816 or visit us online today.