• Commending the Doctors at Cardiac Solutions!

    “We commend your doctors at Cardiac Solutions.”

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  • Get Great Heart-Healthy Recipes with this App

    If your cardiologist diagnoses you with a heart condition, it may feel a little overwhelming to drastically overhaul your diet. However, it’s possible to update many of your favorite comfort food recipes so that they’re more heart healthy. Learn how by downloading the Recipes Free Healthy App from SeedBright.

    This helpful app is loaded with information for leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. You’ll have access to diet plans, weight-loss-friendly recipes, family meal ideas, and much more. You’ll find many healthier comfort food recipes, including suggestions for healthier pizza, pasta, and desserts.

    Social media applications on mobile phone

    If you’re struggling to lower the sodium in your diet, take advantage of the heart failure education class offered by the experts of Cardiac Solutions. You can schedule an appointment with a cardiologist or sign up for a class by calling (623) 876-8816. We have four convenient clinics in Sun City West, Peoria, Avondale, and Glendale.

  • Tips for Coping with Your Heart Disease Diagnosis

    Helping hand

    When your cardiologist informs you that you have heart disease, you’ll likely experience a range of negative emotions. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or even depressed when you hear the diagnosis. Try to transform your emotions into productive actions by taking steps to control your medical condition and improve your overall health. Work with your cardiologist to learn about your treatment plan and follow the tips below to cope with the diagnosis.

    Practice Stress Management
    If you suffer from significant stress after your diagnosis, it can interfere with your ability to focus on day-to-day activities. Reach out to your loved ones for support and consider talking to a counselor. Try to practice positive thinking and use deep breathing techniques when you feel overwhelmed. Many people find stress relief when practicing yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.

    Join a Support Group
    Ask your cardiologist for recommendations for local support groups. Joining a heart disease support group can help you manage your emotions more effectively. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from others who share a similar experience.

    Take Part in the Heart Failure Management Program
    Cardiac Solutions offers a wide range of clinical programs  to help you make the most of your heart health. Our Heart Failure Program (HF Class)  features one on one sessions with a registered nurse and is designed to help you manage your health by recognizing the early signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure. Additionally, our Heart Failure Education Class will teach you how to manage everything from heart failure devices to managing emotional stress.

    Undergo Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Your cardiologist might recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program. This type of program involves working with a nutritionist and receiving patient education regarding healthy lifestyle choices. You might also undergo monitored exercise and receive guidance regarding emotional support.

    Have Regular Health Screenings
    In addition to working with your cardiologist to implement a treatment plan for your condition, it’s important to undergo regular screenings to assess the effectiveness of your treatment. Your cardiologist will likely recommend periodic cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.

    At Cardiac Solutions , our compassionate cardiologists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for your needs. We offer extensive patient education opportunities and regular health screenings in Glendale, Avondale, Sun City West, and Peoria. Please call (623) 876-8816 to schedule your appointment or visit us on the Web for more information.

     

  • New Location Coming in Early – Mid Fall!

    New Location

    Our new office will be opening Early – Mid Fall! 
    6320 West Union Hills Drive,
    Building A – Suite 180
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Stay tuned for details…

  • Exercise Tips for a Healthy Heart

    Exercise is one of the most important factors for improving your heart health. If you have a heart condition, work with your cardiologist to develop a safe exercise plan. If you’re new to working out, start slowly and gradually add longer exercise sessions to your routine. It’s also a good idea to increase the intensity of your workouts to boost your cardiovascular fitness.

    Learn more about keeping your heart healthy with exercise by watching this video. This certified fitness instructor lists some great aerobic exercises to try and discusses a sample fitness routine for beginners. She also explains recommendations for the daily amount of exercise you should strive for.

    Learn more about keeping your heart healthy with the patient education classes available at Cardiac Solutions. You can schedule an appointment with a cardiologist at one of our clinics in Sun City West, Peoria, Glendale, or Avondale by calling (623) 876-8816.

  • James Gandolfini dies from Hear Attack!

    Do you know the signs of a heart attack? For more heart healthy tips check out our blog.

    James Gandolfini

  • What to Expect from a Right Heart Catheterization

    large bore IV catheter on 12 lead EKG

    A right heart catheterization, or a Swan-Ganz catheterization, is a procedure your cardiologist might recommend to assess the function of your heart. Cardiologists may also request this procedure to measure the pressure level inside your lungs and heart. Talk to your cardiologist about what to expect from a right heart catheterization and keep reading to learn more about it.

    Basics
    A right heart catheterization involves the insertion of a small catheter into the pulmonary artery on the right side of your heart. The doctor guides the catheter through the heart’s chambers and into a lung’s blood vessels.

    Indications

    Right Heart Catheterization
    Cardiologists typically recommend this procedure when it is believed that the patient is at risk of organ failure. It may be used in cases of severe, uncorrectable low blood pressure, or in cases of pulmonary edema, or water in the lungs. You might undergo a right heart catheterization if you have kidney problems or certain heart problems, such as improper closing of valves. If you have pulmonary hypertension, enlarged heart muscle, or a congenital heart disease, such as a ventricular septal defect (VSD), you could also benefit from a right heart catheterization.

    Preparation
    To prepare for a right heart catheterization, inform your cardiologist of your full medical history. Tell him or her about any other medical conditions you have and any medications or supplements you take. Make sure your cardiologist knows if there is a chance you could be pregnant or if you’re allergic to drugs or other substances. Follow your cardiologist’s instructions carefully, which may include refraining from food and drink for eight hours prior to the test.

    Procedure

    Right Heart Catheterization
    You can expect to receive intravenous fluids and a sedative. The doctor sterilizes the area of the incision, numbs the area, and makes the incision. He or she inserts the catheter and uses it to take measurements of pressure and evaluate blood flow.

    If you have any questions about undergoing a right heart catheterization, please call the friendly staff of Cardiac Solutions . We offer personalized treatment plans and pride ourselves on exceptional patient education. You can reach our locations in Avondale, Glendale, Peoria, or Sun City West by calling (623) 876-8816.

     

  • What Stress Tests Can Reveal About Heart Function

    Doctor Monitoring The Heart-Rate Of Patient On A Treadmill

    Cardiologists often recommend stress tests to check for the possibility of cardiovascular conditions such as coronary heart disease and abnormal heart rhythms. These tests inform the cardiologist how much stress your heart can handle before a problem, such as a drop in blood flow, develops. Stress tests are also helpful for determining the efficacy of heart medications and any procedures you may have had. There are three different stress tests that your cardiologist could request, which are listed below.

    Exercise Treadmill Stress Test
    If your mobility is unimpaired and your electrocardiogram (EKG) is normal, your cardiologist will likely request an exercise treadmill stress test. The technician attaches electrodes to monitor your heart activity while you walk on a treadmill. Periodically, the technician asks you to walk faster or at an incline. Promptly inform the technician if you experience any symptoms, such as dizziness or chest pain. The results of this test help your doctor determine a safe exercise program for you and/or diagnose cardiovascular problems.

    Exercise Nuclear Stress Test
    Your cardiologist might request a nuclear stress test in order to assess the circulation of blood through potentially damaged areas of the heart. The results can also tell your doctor how well your heart pumps blood and whether you have an enlarged heart. You’ll exercise on a treadmill while being monitored, and a technician will inject a contrast dye. A scanner then produces images of your heart. After resting for several hours, more images are taken.

    Chemical Exercise Nuclear Stress Test
    If you’re unable to exercise because of certain medical conditions, the cardiologist will recommend a chemical exercise nuclear stress test. This is similar to an exercise nuclear stress test, except a medication is used to mimic the effects of exercise. During the test, you’ll receive a contrast dye and have images taken. This test reveals the same information as an exercise nuclear stress test; the cardiologist can assess blood circulation and possible areas of damage.

    The experienced cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions offer all three of these diagnostic tests to assess your heart health. Schedule an appointment today by calling (623) 876-8816. We have convenient locations in Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, and Sun City West.

  • Mark Your Calendars for “Ask The Expert” Lecture July 11, 2013!

    Manoj Rawal - MD -FACC

    Mark Your Calendars for an “Ask The Expert” Lecture July 11, 2013 ! For it’s 25th Anniversary, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center will be hosting a free seminar on women and heart disease from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Our very own Dr. Manoj Rawal be speaking at the event.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Heartburn or Heart Attack?

    There are many possible causes of chest pain, including heartburn and heart attack. Only your doctor can tell you if your symptoms imply a heart attack or a less serious condition . If you experience any of the warning signs of a heart attack, go to the emergency room promptly. In addition to chest pain and pressure, a heart attack can cause shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and dizziness. The pain might spread to your neck, jaw, back, and arms.

    Businessman Suffering From Heart Attack.

    If your electrocardiogram (EKG) shows normal test results, your doctor may diagnose you with heartburn—especially if your symptoms occur after eating or while you’re leaning forward or lying down. You might also experience the sour taste of stomach acid in your mouth. These symptoms can worsen after consuming certain foods, including spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages.

    The cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions offer a wide range of diagnostic tools and treatment options to help you manage your heart condition. Please call today for an appointment at our clinics in Avondale, Glendale, Peoria, or Sun City West. You can reach us at (623) 876-8816 or visit our website for more information .