• What Is an Implantable Loop Recorder?

    An implantable loop recorder is an electrophysiology device that is placed in the chest just beneath the skin in order to monitor and record heart events over a significant period of time. This device is similar to a Holter or event monitor in that it reads the electrical activity of your heart and begins recording when the patterns change. In some cases, the device may have an external activator so that you can record events that cause noticeable symptoms.

    Your cardiologist may recommend the use of an implantable loop recorder if you are suffering from intermittent symptoms, including syncope or fainting, seizures, heart palpitations or arrhythmias, and dizziness. 

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    Cardiac Solutions utilizes a number of monitoring devices, including pacemakers, implantable loop recorders, heart failure device monitors, and implantable cardiac defibrillators. For more information about implantable loop recorders, Holter monitors , and event monitors, visit one of our locations in Glendale, Sun City West, Peoria or Avondale – or contact Cardiac Solutions online today at (623) 876-8816.

     

  • Keep Track of Your Blood Pressure with This Great App

    Not managing high blood pressure can lead to a number of complications, including weakening of the blood vessels, aneurysm, heart attack, and heart failure. However, tracking your blood pressure can be a difficult and tedious task.

    Available for your phones and tablet devices, the new Healthy Heart-Blood Pressure app makes it easy for you to monitor your blood pressure, set therapy reminders, and create graphs to monitor your treatment progress. Download this must-have app today to start better managing your high blood pressure. 

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    Are you worried that you may be suffering from high blood pressure? You can obtain the care you need for all your cardiology issues by contacting Cardiac Solutions at (623) 876-8816. We provide care for Glendale, Avondale, Sun City West, and Peoria residents.

  • Understanding Healthy Cholesterol Levels [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The American Heart Association recommends a fasting lipoprotein profile—or cholesterol test—once every five years for adults over the age of 20. If your doctor tells you that you need to improve your cholesterol levels, follow his or her recommendations carefully. Cardiologists treat many people who suffer from the results of bad cholesterol levels, such as heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. To avoid these complications, cardiologists recommend aiming for a total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL, an HDL cholesterol level (the good kind) of 60 mg/dL or higher, and an LDL cholesterol level (the bad kind) of less than 100 mg/dL. Your  cardiologist might place you on a special diet to improve your cholesterol levels, and he or she might also recommend medication, regular exercise, and maintenance of a healthy weight. Please check out and share this infographic with friends and family who could benefit from cardiology advice!

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  • Are You Suffering from Mitral Valve Prolapse?

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    Mitral valve prolapse is a condition characterized by an abnormal bulging of the mitral valve located between the upper and lower chambers of the left side of the heart. This abnormal bulging occurs when the two leaflets on either side of the valve which contract backwards towards the upper chamber of the heart do not close completely, allowing small amounts of blood to flow back towards the heart. This article will take a closer look at the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for mitral valve prolapse .

    Causes and Risk Factors
    The direct cause of mitral valve prolapse is unknown, but often occurs in individuals with a rare congenital disease of their connective tissues, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome. Individuals with adult polycystic kidney disease, Graves’ disease, scoliosis, and some types of muscular dystrophy may also be at a great risk for mitral valve prolapse .

    Signs and Symptoms
    Not all individuals with mitral valve prolapse experience symptoms; however, common symptoms may include heart palpitations or feeling like your heart is fluttering, shortness of breath, cough, chest discomfort, and fatigue. The condition may also lead to migraine headaches, dizziness, and anxiety. In more rare cases, individuals with mitral valve prolapse may experience complications due to the backflow of blood, including high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and infection of the heart chambers and valves.

    Treatment Options 
    Treatment is often not required for individuals whose mitral valve prolapse is not causing serious problems or symptoms. In the event that the condition is causing chest discomfort, beta blockers may be prescribed, but in most cases, mitral valve prolapse can be managed through proper diet, exercise, and routine checkups with your heart doctor.

    For more information on mitral valve prolapse, contact Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix at (623) 876-8816. You can also check out our blog  for more information on our Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West, and Avondale cardiology services. 

  • Understanding Mitral Valve Prolapse

    Mitral valve prolapse is a relatively common condition in which the mitral valve experiences some type of abnormality when the heart contracts and pumps blood to the body. This video takes a closer look at the mitral valve prolapse . This condition is commonly diagnosed when a cardiologist or heart doctor identifies an abnormal heart sound using a stethoscope. Most individuals with the condition do not require treatment, but rather have their condition monitored over time. Learn who is a greater risk for mitral valve prolapse by watching this full clip. 

    Get the information you need to manage your heart conditions by contacting our cardiologists  in Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West & Avondale at (623) 876-8816. You can also click on the link to visit us at our website. 

  • How Cardiac Solutions Can Meet All of Your Heart-Health Needs

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    You should never have to settle for less when it comes to your heart health—but with so many clinics and facilities to choose from, finding the right heart clinic for your needs is not always an easy task. Learn how the heart doctors with Cardiac Solutions can meet all of your needs and expectations as a patient by reading through this article.

    Diagnostic Services
    Advanced diagnostic methods and technology are essential to identifying potential cardiac conditions and creating effective treatment plans. Cardiac Solutions is proud to offer a wide variety of diagnostic testing methods, including echocardiograms , EKGs, arterial duplexes, venous Doppler scans, carotid artery ultrasounds, and both exercise and chemical exercise nuclear stress tests. We also employ the use of holter monitors, event monitors, implantable loop recorders, pacemaker devices, and implantable cardiac defibrillators.

    Clinical Programs
    Cardiac Solutions also offers a number of clinical programs to maintain your overall health and wellness. Our programs include the cholesterol management program, the heart failure program, the heart failure educational class, the anticoagulation management program, and the Amiodarone management program. Our Implantable Device Clinic also offers regularly scheduled assessments of pacemakers and defibrillators to ensure functionality and provide patient education.

    Surgical Options
    In addition to diagnostic services and clinical programs, Cardiac Solutions provides a number of surgical treatment options designed to meet your heart-health needs. Surgical treatments include percutaneous catheter angiograms, percutaneous coronary intervention, right and left heart catheterization, peripheral angiogram and stenting, electrophysiology, and venous ablation.

    Here at Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists and staff members are devoted to creating a strong relationship with our patients in order to provide the highest quality care possible. Call our heart clinic at (623) 876-8816 today or visit us online for more information about our personalized, team-oriented approach to cardiac care. We provide cardiac care for the Avondale, Peoria, Sun City West, and Glendale areas. 

  • A Look at the Coronary Intervention Surgical Methods Available for Coronary Artery Disease

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    Coronary artery disease, also known as coronary heart disease, occurs when plaque builds up within the coronary arteries and impedes blood flow to the heart. These plaques may also harden or rupture over time, forming a large blood clot that completely blocks blood flow and results in a heart attack. If you are suffering from coronary artery disease, your Glendale cardiologist may recommend interventional surgery. Continue reading for more information about the coronary intervention surgery methods offered by Cardiac Solutions.

    Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
    A percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI is a minimally invasive procedure in which a thin, flexible catheter and balloon device are threaded through a blood vessel and into the affected artery. After insertion in the blocked or narrowed artery, the balloon is inflated in order to compress the plaque against the arterial walls and restore blood flow. A stent or small mesh tube may also be placed during the procedure to help prevent future narrowing and blockages within the coronary arteries.

    Percutaneous Catheter Angiogram
    Another surgical option for individuals suffering from coronary artery disease is a percutaneous catheter angiogram, sometimes referred to as a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or PTCA. The procedure is typically performed in the same way as a PCI procedure, in that it uses a flexible catheter to guide and insert a balloon device into the narrowed artery. However, unlike percutaneous coronary intervention procedures, PTCA usually does not involve the use of a stent or mesh device.

    The best way to determine if you can benefit from one of these interventional procedures is to consult with your Phoenix or Glendale heart clinic. Give the heart doctors with Cardiac Solutions a call at (623) 876-8816 to set up an initial appointment. Our cardiologists also offer coronary angiograms, peripheral angiograms, venous ablation, and several electrophysiology treatment methods. 

     

  • Smoking and Heart Function

    Most individuals understand that smoking and using tobacco products has a direct impact on the health of their lungs—but did you know that smoking also plays a direct role in your cardiac health? The chemicals in tobacco smoke not only harm your blood cells, but also cause structural damage to your heart and blood vessels.

    Individuals who smoke are at an increased risk for a number of heart conditions, including atherosclerosis or a hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart attack, and heart failure. Smoking can also increase the chances of developing peripheral arterial disease, in which plaque builds up in the arteries supplying blood to the head, ultimately increasing the risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

    Cigarettes and Heart

    Don’t let smoking increase your chances of heart disease. Learn how you can stop smoking and improve your heart health by contacting Cardiac Solutions in Peoria, Avondale, Sun City West, and Glendale. at (623) 876-8816. For additional information, visit our website. 

     

  • Cardiac Solutions Joins with ReachLocal to Reach More Patients

    Laurie Duvall & Dr. Pranav Patel talk about Cardiac Solutions’ partnership with ReachLocal  and how it has helped them reach more patients – just like you! Watch the video to learn more…