• Treating Atrial Fibrillation with Catheter Ablation

  • Dr. Anthony E. Sandoval’s Spanish Heritage…Where Does It Come From?

    Dr. Sandoval_Spanish Heritage

    Dr. Sandoval grew up in New Mexico in a predominately Hispanic community. His father was a Professor in Bilingual Education.
    His parents required he take Spanish throughout school, from grade school through High School and he also continued through Medical School
    “I have found being Bilingual very beneficial, not only during my childhood, but to present time.”

    Dr. Sandoval joined Cardiac Solutions in July of this year and sees patients in our Peoria and Thunderbird offices, he is also accepting new patients.

    Call our Office to schedule an appointment or visit our website today! 

    He is one of our Interventional Cardiologist and also specializes in Structural Heart Disease with PFO and ASD Closures (Patient Foraman Ovale and Atrial Septal Defect).

  • Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options for Heart Failure

    Heartache

    Millions of Americans face heart failure every day. Though this condition may bring on serious complications, cardiologists can offer a wide range of management options to halt the progression of existing symptoms and delay the onset of more severe side effects. Essential to effective heart failure care is an understanding of why this problem occurs, how it presents, and what heart doctors can do for it.

    Causes
    Heart failure can develop from a diverse array of heart problems. Some people experience this problem at an early age because of issues with their heart structure or rhythm at birth. Other individuals suffer heart failure as a result of lifestyle choices. Still other heart failure patients experience it as a side effect from an existing health concern or treatment. The term heart failure may mean more than one problem. In some sufferers, the heart isn’t strong enough to properly deliver blood throughout the body. Heart failure can also refer to the heart’s inability to collect enough blood for distribution.

    Symptoms
    Some heart failure patients may not initially understand that they have a major cardiovascular condition. Two predominant symptoms, exhaustion and windedness, may not indicate to sufferers that they should see a heart doctor. Heart failure may also present as fluid retention in the neck, stomach region, and lower extremities. Individuals with any or all of these issues should immediately seek medical care.

    Treatment Options
    Cardiologists have at their disposal many heart failure care options. Mild heart failure diagnoses might require only oral drugs to minimize symptoms and ward off future heart damage. Should heart failure become a more significant problem, more invasive measures such as pacemaker implantation could be necessary. Patients can help manage their condition as well; instituting healthy habits, including regular physical activity and a nutritious diet, can increase the quality of life for heart failure sufferers. Cardiac Solutions is also pleased to offer the Heart Failure Clinic which helps patients  recognize the early signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure. Patients will also benefit from education on dietary and fluid restrictions as well as onsite blood testing with immediate results.

    Don’t let heart failure deter from your life enjoyment. Residents of Glendale, Peoria, Avondale and Sun City West are encouraged to call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 876-8816 to learn more about our cardiology services. We offer capable care for many heart-related issues, including high cholesterol, arrhythmia, and heart failure.

  • Heart Attack Animation

    Thousands of people suffer heart attacks in the United States every year. This video reveals what happens when a heart attack occurs.

    A system of arteries and veins enables oxygen and blood circulation throughout the body. When fatty deposits called plaque build inside the arteries, they obstruct blood flow. Should plaque become extensive enough to rupture, it can cause a complete blockage of blood. A heart attack may occur, producing scar tissue on the heart. This scar tissue is permanent and can impede optimal heart function.

    Cardiac Solutions wants you to enjoy complete heart health. If you have had a heart attack, we can aid in your recovery and rehabilitation. Call us today at (623) 876-8816 to see a cardiologist at our Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, or Avondale heart clinic.

  • Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

    Got a Smoke 2

    No other medical concern in the United States is as rampant as heart disease. This condition takes the lives of more Americans than any other health problem, which is why cardiology specialists urge the public to take control of their cardiovascular wellbeing. Though immutable factors such as family history can increase a person’s risk for heart disease, many other significant influencers can be altered or eliminated to bolster wellness. People concerned about their heart disease risk should consider the following questions:

    Are you overweight?
    A person’s BMI, or body mass index, can quickly gauge his susceptibility to heart disease. If an individual’s BMI indicates that he is either overweight or obese, this factor can raise his danger of suffering heart-related problems . For one, obesity is often linked to unhealthy eating habits, which may include foods high in LDL cholesterol. Second, excessive weight places a strain on the heart, forcing it to pump harder so oxygenated blood can reach the cells in the body.

    Do you exercise?
    Even if someone has no issues with maintaining a normal weight, a lack of physical activity can still heighten his heart disease risk. Between desk jobs, long car commutes, and evenings spent in front of the television, many Americans have little time left for working out. A sedentary lifestyle can harm heart wellness, though, and make a person vulnerable to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and heart attack.

    Do you smoke?
    Smoking is a habit that can cause widespread health problems beyond lung cancer and emphysema. This activity also causes the arteries to narrow and become more rigid, which makes it extremely difficult for them to carry blood with ease. Without their normal elasticity, the arteries become susceptible to ruptures and blockages. As a result, people who use cigarettes, cigars, and pipes are more prone to heart attacks than otherwise healthy individuals.

    Cardiac Solutions offers easy-to-implement lifestyle advice for residents of Glendale, Avondale, Sun City West, and Peoria. If you’re ready to work toward a healthier future, we can help. Call (623) 876-8816 or visit our website for more information on the cardiology services provided at our heart clinic.

     

  • The Importance of Healthy Blood Pressure [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you know that 67 million American adults have high blood pressure? While most cardiologists agree that there is no one “perfect” blood pressure level, having abnormally high blood pressure poses a number of risks to your health. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two of the most common causes of death in the U.S. Your kidneys, eyes, and arteries are also negatively affected when you have high blood pressure. Low blood pressure is not as prevalent as high blood pressure, but can indicate underlying health problems. With this infographic from your Peoria, AZ cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions, you can learn the symptoms and dangers of having an abnormal blood pressure level. You’ll also find out what lifestyle changes you can make to improve your readings. Please share with your friends and family!

    The-Importance-Of-Healthy-Blood-Pressure-Infographic

  • Reasons to Choose Cardiac Solutions

    Cardiac Solutions Team

    Have you been told that you have a heart condition? Whether your doctor has found an arrhythmia or believes you should get a pacemaker, Cardiac Solutions can attend to your cardiology needs. Each of our four locations has cardiologists and other medical professionals dedicated to helping the residents of Peoria, Avondale, Glendale, and Sun City West. We employ an extensive staff so our patients receive the exceptional treatment they deserve. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive array of cardiology services at our heart clinics, and our depth of expertise allows patients to receive complete care, from diagnostic testing to treatment solutions. Our staff can identify our patients’ needs and implement proper treatment strategies for their recovery and wellbeing. From dispensing advice on heart-healthy lifestyle options to performing procedures such as pacemaker implantation, Cardiac Solutions can address your health concerns with cutting edge care and capable compassionate attention.

    Would you like to learn more about the services at Cardiac Solutions? Call us at (623) 876-8816 or visit our website. We encourage patients to contact our heart clinic and schedule a consultation with one of our cardiologists.

     

  • Our Amiodarone Management Program

    Assorted Medical Presription bottle on white

    An arrhythmia is a condition that prevents a normal beating of the heart. In some cases, this abnormal heart rhythm may be so severe that a heart doctor recommends medication for it. Amiodarone is a drug used for the management of arrhythmias. Cardiac Solutions recognizes that patients may experience complications from time to time when they take amiodarone, which is why we implemented our amiodarone management program . This program can aid a person’s heart health care management needs in several ways. First, it provides detailed information regarding how to use amiodarone as recommended and what patients may expect when they take it. Second, it offers professional supervision of all amiodarone users. By setting up consistent visits to our heart clinic and administering regular checkups, Cardiac Solutions can give amiodarone patients peace of mind.

    Are you currently taking amiodarone? If you are experiencing side effects from your medication, Cardiac Solutions can help. To speak with a heart doctor , call (623) 876-8816. For your convenience, we have four heart clinics in Sun City West, Glendale, Peoria, and Avondale.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Cholesterol

    738170

    The term cholesterol is frequently used during heart health discussions. A heart doctor may tell patients to keep their cholesterol numbers down, but many people may not realize how to keep their cholesterol at a safe level or even know what cholesterol is. The following information highlights important details on how cholesterol can affect your cardiovascular wellbeing.

    Not all cholesterol is harmful to your heart
    Did you know that the body creates cholesterol? Cholesterol is an essential substance that rids the bloodstream of potentially dangerous elements . The type of health-boosting cholesterol is called high-density lipoprotein. Unfortunately, another kind of cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, can also have an impact on heart health. It’s this cholesterol that blocks arteries and increases a person’s chances of experiencing stroke or heart attack.

    The food you eat affects your cholesterol levels
    Not only does the body create healthy cholesterol, but also it produces nearly all the cholesterol that the cardiovascular system requires for optimal function. That’s why high cholesterol is such a problem for so many Americans. Too many people consume cholesterol well beyond what their bodies need, and they eat too much LDL cholesterol. Foods such as sausage, butter, fried chicken, and donuts are common culprits behind overly high cholesterol levels.

    Unchecked cholesterol can lead to serious heart problems
    High cholesterol is a precursor to potentially life-threatening conditions. The longer elevated cholesterol levels go untreated, the more likely the arteries may experience problems from plaque buildup. This buildup obstructs easy blood flow and raises the likelihood of a future blockage or rupture, which may develop into a heart attack or stroke. Upon an initial diagnosis of high cholesterol, patients should take all measures to lower their numbers, including making lifestyle changes and taking doctor-approved medications.

    Have you been told that you have high cholesterol, or do you have a family history of this problem? Cardiac Solutions can help. Our team of cardiologists and other heart specialists can see to it that your cholesterol number returns to a healthy level. If you live in the Avondale, Glendale, Peoria, or Sun City West communities, call us at (623) 876-8816 to schedule a consultation .

  • Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease

    736825

    Some cardiovascular issues show up in areas of the body other than the heart. In particular, individuals with peripheral artery disease typically experience pain in their legs rather than their chest. Cardiologists caution patients who may have this condition to see a heart doctor as soon as possible. What begins as peripheral artery disease can evolve into a more serious problem, such as heart attack.

    Why does peripheral artery disease occur?
    The arteries must be clear and flexible to properly push blood through the cardiovascular system. If they clog with fatty deposits, they can lose the ability to easily transport blood. Peripheral artery disease is a clogging of the arteries in the extremities . This fatty deposit buildup may be due to any number of factors. A diet that is high in cholesterol, inactivity, obesity, and smoking can all contribute to the onset of peripheral artery disease.

    How does peripheral artery disease present?
    At first, peripheral artery disease may begin as discomfort in the legs during exertion. For instance, walking with bags of groceries to a car may prompt searing pain in the thighs or calves. This discomfort can progress in intensity or frequency. Some individuals with peripheral artery disease may even experience pain when watching television or sleeping.

    What treatments can alleviate peripheral artery disease?
    Medication is a common treatment option for the management of peripheral artery disease. A heart doctor might also recommend alternate lifestyle habits to reduce symptoms or the risk of more serious complications. Losing weight, engaging in regular activity, and stopping tobacco usage can significantly reduce the effects of peripheral artery disease. More extensive cases might require invasive treatment such as the administration of an angiogram or drug injection at the blockage site.

    Are you noticing leg cramps or discomfort when you walk? This may be the first indication of peripheral artery disease. To determine if you have this condition, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 876-8816 for an appointment . Our four heart clinics offer effective cardiology care for the Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, and Avondale areas.