The Basics of Blood Circulation

Every cell in the body needs oxygen to survive and function. This video animation demonstrates how the circulatory system distributes oxygenated blood.

Blood enters the heart and flows to the lungs to receive oxygen. This oxygenated blood then returns to the heart , which pumps it throughout the body. To ensure that oxygen reaches cells as needed, the heart must beat in a strong, rhythmic pattern. This steady beat relies upon contractions of the heart tissue at regular intervals.

Have you been diagnosed with a heart murmur or arrhythmia? Cardiac Solutions provides comprehensive cardiology assistance to individuals in the Avondale, Sun City West, Peoria, and Glendale communities. Call (623) 876-8816 for an appointment.

Our Anticoagulation Management Program

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Cardiac Solutions is proud to offer a wide range of programs designed to educate the public and help Phoenix area residents maintain the best heart health. In our anticoagulation management program, our cardiologists prescribe anticoagulant medications to patients who have specific medical conditions that make their blood more likely to clot. Anticoagulants like Warfarin, Jantoven, and Coumadin are examples of medicines that reduce blood clots and help prevent strokes, heart attacks, and other serious problems. During this program, you will have a one-on-one session with one of our nurses, an INR test which is done by a simple finger stick with immediate results, and education on dietary recommendations and interactions with medications. Appropriate medical therapy is also prescribed or adjusted.

Don’t let a lack of knowledge prevent you from taking care of your heart and your overall wellbeing! Find out more about the healthy heart programs offered by Cardiac Solutions by calling our cardiologists at (623) 876-8816. Our friendly staff can help you schedule an appointment at the heart center nearest you.

 

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Update: Power Has Returned to Peoria Office

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Special Announcement :

Power has returned to the Peoria office. If you had a morning appointment with us, we will be contacting you to reschedule. All afternoon appointments are unaffected.

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Remote Device Monitoring Services Offered by Cardiac Solutions

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The cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions are dedicated to maintaining a constant connection with all of our patients. Our clinic offers a range of cutting-edge products designed to connect cardiac patients to their cardiologists by alerting them to any changes in their physiological data. Here is a look at our remote cardiac device monitoring service:

Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is a tiny device designed to treat irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. An ICD is placed in the chest or abdomen. If a life-threatening arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the device issues an electrical pulse to restore a natural heart rhythm. If the low-energy pulses are insufficient, the ICD will switch to high-energy mode for defibrillation.

Pacemaker
Like ICDs, pacemakers can give off low-energy pulses. Because pacemakers are usually used by cardiologists to treat less dangerous conditions , they give off only low-energy electrical pulses, and cannot act as defibrillators. Both devices are placed underneath the skin and contain electrodes that lead into the heart. Ask your cardiologist to determine if a pacemaker is the right choice for your needs.

Implantable Loop Recorders
An implantable loop recorder is an electrocardiographic, or ECG, monitoring device that doctors generally recommend for patients with genetic disorders, unexplained palpitations, or syncope. Your cardiologist may also recommend an implantable loop recorder if you have suffered a heart attack and require long-term monitoring. The ILR provides information about the heart rhythm and plays an important role in helping doctors evaluate patients who suffer from recurring unexplained palpitations.

The devoted team of cardiologists, physician assistants, and nurses at Cardiac Solutions make it a point to develop personal relationships with each and every patient. With our team-oriented approach, you can be sure that you are getting the best care possible and maintaining optimal heart health . For more information, call our Phoenix office at (623) 876-8816 or visit us on the Web for more information.

What Is Enhanced External Counterpulsation?

Enhanced external counterpulsation is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment designed to relieve or eliminate angina . Enhanced external counterpulsation works by stimulating the opening of new pathways around arteries that have become narrowed or blocked. If you have chronic stable angina and are not receiving adequate relief from your symptoms by taking nitrates, ask your cardiologist if you may be a good candidate for enhanced external counterpulsation. This procedure is also recommended for patients who are not ideal candidates for invasive procedures. Since this procedure is minimally invasive, it carries fewer risks than traditional open heart surgery and doesn’t require a long recovery time.

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Here at Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix, our cardiologists are proud to be a part of one of the premier heart clinics in the United States. Our doctors offer the latest medical technologies, including EECP. To find out more about our clinic, contact our Glendale heart center at (623) 876-8816.

 

A Patient’s Guide to Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and unsightly veins that develop near the skin’s surface. Varicose veins usually develop in the legs and feet because of increased blood pressure. While most varicose veins merely cause cosmetic concerns, some patients complain of serious symptoms. To prevent your varicose veins from affecting your heart and whole-body health, consider this patient’s guide.

What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are usually caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. Veins are responsible for carrying blood to your heart once you have used up the oxygen. In your legs, veins must push blood against the force of gravity. Weakened valves can cause blood to back up and collect in the veins, causing swelling and pain.

Who Is At Risk for Developing Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins may be caused by the backup of blood, sun exposure, fluctuations in hormone levels, and injuries. Over half of all American women suffer from varicose veins, while the number is closer to 40 percent for men. If you are getting older, your risk for developing varicose veins increases. Other common risk factors include pregnancy, hormonal changes during menopause, lack of exercise, and obesity.

When Should I Visit My Doctor?
If your varicose veins have become swollen, red, tender, or warm to the touch , you should schedule an appointment with your cardiologist. You should also visit your doctor to undergo diagnostic testing if you experience any pain. If your leg symptoms interfere with your daily life, your doctor can help you determine if an innovative solution such as the VNUS closure procedure may be right for you.

When you need a cardiologist you can count on in Phoneix, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, or Avondale, look no further than Cardiac Solutions. Our heart clinic is consistently praised by Arizona residents for our compassionate and attentive patient care. Our heart doctors offer comprehensive varicose vein screening and treatments, including the VNUS closure procedure. Contact us at (623) 876-8816 for more information.

Causes, Symptoms, and Testing Methods for Cardiac Arrhythmias

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A cardiac arrhythmia is a clinical term for a problem with the rate or rhythm of an individual’s heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart may beat too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly. While some arrhythmias are harmless, others may become life-threatening if the body is unable to pump enough blood to the vital organs. Read on to learn more about causes, symptoms, and how your cardiologist can test for this medical issue.

Causes
The heart has an internal electrical system that controls your heartbeat’s rate and rhythm. This highly complex system causes an electric signal to travel through the heart each time it contracts and pumps blood. This signal travels from your heart’s upper right atrium to the left atria, which then contract and pump blood into the ventricles. Finally, the ventricles contract and pump blood to the rest of the body. Cardiac arrhythmias can be caused by a problem at any stage of this intricate process.

Symptoms
Common symptoms of a heart arrhythmia include a fluttering in the chest or a slow heartbeat. Some patients also complain of chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness or lightheadedness. Because many of these symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, call 911 immediately if you suddenly or frequently experience one of these signs.

Testing
Because some arrhythmias have no apparent signs or symptoms, your heart doctor may discover that you have an arrhythmia before you do. To help ensure good heart health, schedule routine examinations with your cardiologist. If you experience any symptoms of arrhythmia, visit your doctor and undergo diagnostic testing.

Cardiac Solutions is pleased to provide multiple clinics that serve patients in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, and Avondale. Our business is entirely physician-owned, and our cardiologists offer a wide range of general services as well as advanced surgical procedures. If you need diagnostic testing, find out how our heart doctors can help by calling (623) 876-8816 to make an appointment today.

Foods For Heart Health

Your cardiologist has probably told you that eating right goes a long way towards keeping your heart healthy. Watch this video to learn more about doctors’ dietary recommendations.

First, it’s a good idea to cut back on animal proteins found in red meat and full-fat dairy products in order to keep your cholesterol levels down. Be sure to avoid trans-fats whenever possible. Keeping your sodium intake down is also important, as a high level of salt in your diet can increase your blood pressure. Finally, cut down on fried foods and highly processed snacks. 

Taking care of your heart is important at any age. To learn more about diagnostic screening and how to keep your heart healthy, contact the Phoenix cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions by calling our heart clinic at (623) 876-8816.

 

Did You Know?

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According to the American Heart Association Heart Failure Guidelines :

  1. Long-term treatment of both systolic and diastolic hypertension has been shown to reduce the risk if incident heart failure by approximately 50%!
  2. Treatment of hypertension is particular beneficial in older patients. However, elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart failure, a risk that extends across all age ranges.
  3. Elderly patients patients with a history of electrocardiogram evidence of a prior Myocardial Infarction had a >80% risk reduction for incident heart failure with aggressive blood pressure control!

 

Our Lipid > HF, Multaq and Amiodarone clinics give us the opportunity to educate patients about hypertension and make recommendations! Visit our main website or give us a call today at (623) 876-8816 to learn more.