• Happy Halloween from Cardiac Solutions!

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    Happy Halloween from Cardiac Solutions! Don’t eat too many sweets and stay safe out there!

  • A Look at Different Types of Heart Disease

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    Heart disease is a generic term that refers to afflictions that affect the heart and cardiovascular system. Understanding your form of heart disease or those for which you are at the greatest risk can help you manage your health. Cardiac Solutions offers comprehensive care and prevention of heart disease for healthier hearts throughout Arizona. 

    Coronary Artery Disease
    Coronary artery disease, also referred to as coronary heart disease, affects over 13 million Americans and is the number one cause of death in the U.S. This form of heart disease is also the most familiar for many. Coronary artery disease occurs when fatty deposits called plaque build up inside the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. This causes a condition called atherosclerosis, or a narrowing and hardening of the arteries’ walls. Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attack if the arteries become completely blocked and blood cannot reach the heart.

    Heart Murmur
    Heart murmurs are caused by small abnormalities in the valves of the heart. In many cases, heart murmurs are harmless, but in some patients a heart murmur is a signal of something more serious. If the valves of the heart do not function properly, they may become overworked and weaken, allowing blood to flow backwards through the chambers of the heart. Poor valve function also reduces the capacity of your circulatory system to move blood through the body. In cases of serious valve deformities or damage, surgery may be needed to repair the condition.

    Congenital Heart Disease
    Congenital heart disease refers to heart conditions present when a baby is born. These conditions affect approximately one out of every 100 children, and may or may not be a concern for overall health. Heart problems may be caused by genetic inheritance, random mutation, or as a result of medication or a viral infection experienced by the mother during pregnancy.

    Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix can help you manage any heart condition for better health. Please visit us on the web to learn more about general cardiology treatment and education. Call (623) 208-5305 to speak with a cardiologist today.

  • Setting Heart Healthy Diet Goals

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    Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet are excellent ways to protect your heart . Changing your diet can be achieved through small alterations such as including more fruits and vegetables or changing the way you cook and season your food. Talk to your cardiologist if you have questions about setting and achieving your own heart-healthy goals.

    Build Nutritional Meals
    Build a meal plan each day that includes servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. If you are eating a 2,000 calorie diet, you should plan to eat four and a half cups of fruits and vegetables and three ounces of whole grains each day. You should also include seven ounces of fish and four servings of nuts and legumes in your meals each week.

    Include Variety
    One of the key components of a healthy diet is variety. Eating the same types of foods every day limits the types of nutrients you ingest. Choose a variety of fruits, vegetables, and proteins to eat throughout the week. Selecting seasonal options, particularly when eating fruits and vegetables, will ensure you get a variety of nutrients while sticking to any grocery budget.

    Reduce Risky Foods
    Making healthy food choices includes limiting those foods that have a negative impact on your weight and your heart. Limit your sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams or less each day. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks, such as soda, and limit your consumption to 36 ounces of these beverages per week. If you are concerned with your cholesterol, consider eating egg whites rather than whole eggs and cooking with a no-cholesterol spray rather than oils or fats. Eat no more than two servings of processed meats each week and check nutritional labels to ensure that saturated fats make up no more than seven percent of your total dietary intake.

    If you’d like help designing the perfect heart-healthy diet for your needs, contact Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-530. We can help you make the right choices to lose weight and manage your heart health. Click through our website for more information about cardiology in Phoenix, Avondale, Glendale, and Sun City West.

     

  • Caring for Your Heart in the Wintertime

    Heart disease remains one of the top health threats facing Americans today. During the winter, exerting yourself in colder temperatures puts extra stress on your heart and your cardiovascular system.

    This video discusses how to keep your heart healthy during the winter. Spend some time stretching or warming up your body before going outside to shovel or play with your loved ones. Avoid eating a heavy meal just before going outside and take frequent breaks to give your body and your heart a chance to rest and recover.

    You can learn more about maintaining a healthy heart all year long from the cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions. Call (623) 208-5305 to speak with a physician or to schedule an appointment at any one of our four clinics throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Check us out on the web for more heart health information and tips on how you can protect your heart .

     

  • Preparing for an EKG

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    An EKG is a medical test that measures the electrical activity inside your heart. During this exam, the electrical impulses of your heart are transformed into a visual diagram that your cardiologist will examine. EKGs are completely non-invasive and painless, so you will be able to relax comfortably during your procedure.

    Discuss Your Health
    Before you receive an EKG, make sure your cardiologist is aware of any medications you are currently taking, whether they relate to your heart health or not. Some medications and supplements may affect your heart’s activity, so it’s important to provide your doctor with this information before your EKG so that changes may be made if necessary.

    Relax Before the Test
    It’s important to relax and keep your body relatively warm before and during your EKG. Avoid exercising for a few hours before your test to provide the most accurate results. You should also avoid drinking cold water or other cold beverages before the exam; shivering during an EKG could affect your results, so it’s important to ensure your body is not chilled.

    Wear Appropriate Clothing
    You may be asked to remove your shirt or put on a hospital gown during your EKG. Wear clothing that is simple and comfortable to your exam. You should also plan to bring an extra sweater or jacket to drape over your shoulders or legs if you are likely to become chilled while sitting still for an extended period of time. If you will also be undergoing a stress test, you may wish to bring a set of workout clothes or shorts with you as well. A stress test is an EKG that measures your heart’s activity while you are exercising. You may be asked to walk or jog on a treadmill during this type of exam.

    If you have more questions about EKGs or other treatments and procedures, please call Cardiac Solutions today at (623) 208-5305. Our experienced staff will be happy to provide you with the information you need about your cardiac care. Click through our website for a full listing of our heart health services in Phoenix and beyond.

  • Can You Still Drink Coffee Following a Heart Attack?

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    After a heart attack, you may need to make lifestyle and dietary changes to improve your heart health and reduce the risk of a second cardiac event. Your cardiologist will explain your specific needs and make personalized recommendations to help you achieve better health. While caffeine does have an effect on the cardiovascular system, consuming coffee is not associated with increased risk of heart attack even in those with heart disease. However, caffeine may interact with certain medications prescribed by your physician. If you have been prescribed heart medication, your doctor may recommend drinking decaffeinated coffee to avoid an interaction. If no medication is prescribed, you can still safely drink caffeinated coffee. Bring any questions or concerns about your diet to the attention of your cardiologist before making any changes.

    Understanding how your diet affects your heart health can protect you from cardiac arrest. If you have questions about your health, contact a cardiologist by calling Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. You can find more information about our heart services, including classes, treatment options, and technology, on our website.

  • Stay Up To Date on CPR Guidelines With This Great Clip!

    With the holidays quickly approaching and family coming together, it’s not a bad idea to brush up or even learn CPR. Take a look at this great clip to learn more!

  • Cardiac Solutions Teams Up with Bob Quick’s Journeys!

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    Cardiac Solutions is teaming up with Bob Quick’s Journey? in raising money for a great cause! From now until Bob Quick reaches St. Augustine, FL, Cardiac Solutions will donate $1.00 for every new “Like” we receive to our Facebook page up to a maximum of $500!

    Learn more about Bob Quick’s Journey at via his blog.
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  • It’s Physician Assistant Appreciation Week!

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    It’s Physician Assistant Appreciation Week! We are so grateful for our wonderful team of PA’s here at Cardiac Solutions. Has one of our Physician Assistants made a positive impact in your life? Tell us in the comments below!”

  • Tips for Managing Your Blood Pressure

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    Good blood pressure is an important part of overall heart health. High blood pressure puts your health at risk at any age, but a few changes can keep your numbers in the “excellent” range.

    High blood pressure exerts excess force on your arteries. To lower your blood pressure and reduce stress on arterial tissue, talk to your cardiologist about your numbers. Find out what your blood pressure reading means and develop a plan for a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating regular exercise and a balanced diet can have a significant positive impact on your blood pressure.

    At Cardiac Solutions, we can help you plan for a healthy future. Call us today at (623) 208-5305 to speak with an experienced cardiologist in Glendale, Phoenix, or Peoria . Click through our blog for more heart healthy tips.