• A Look at Life Following a Heart Attack

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    Having a heart attack is an unsettling event. After the urgent medical crisis is over, many people wonder what their lives will look like as they try to return to normal. The good news is that having a heart attack doesn’t mean that you can’t go on to live a long, full life. Working carefully with a cardiologist and following his or her advice for taking care of your heart health is the best way to get your life back. Here are some of the things you can expect after you have a heart attack:

    Treating Coronary Heart Disease
    If you suffer a heart attack , you likely have coronary heart disease (CHD). With CHD, plaque builds up in your arteries and interferes with blood flow. By controlling CHD, your cardiologist can reduce your risk of having future heart attacks. There are a number of different ways to treat CHD. Your cardiologist may prescribe medications to control your cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as your heart’s workload. You may also need to commit to lifestyle changes, including losing weight, exercising, and giving up smoking.

    Resuming Normal Activities
    How quickly you resume your normal activities depends on how severe your heart attack was and if you experience any post-heart-attack complications. In most cases, patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks of a heart attack. Your cardiologist will help you decide how quickly you should return to work and other daily activities.

    Coping with Anxiety
    After a heart attack, it is normal to worry that another one will occur or to feel depressed. Share your feelings with your cardiologist, and consider joining a support group for heart attack patients. Keeping your stress levels in check is an important part of avoiding future heart problems.

    At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists are here to help you deal with the physical and emotional fallout from a heart attack. Our heart center will work with you to design a plan to help you get and stay healthy. To schedule a consultation at one of our many Phoenix or Glendale locations, please call (623) 208-5305.

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Cardiac Solutions!

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    Happy Thanksgiving from Cardiac Solutions! Be sure to spend today with friends and family!

  • How Yoga Can Help Heart Disease Patients

    If you’re living with heart disease, you know that there are a number of high-tech treatments available to help you control your condition. What you may not know is how much power you have to reduce your risk of complications. Lifestyle changes and exercises like yoga have tremendous healing benefits, as this video explains.

    In this video, you’ll learn about a program that combines yoga, plant-based eating, and emotional support to help heart disease patients stay healthy. The program is so successful that Medicare covers it for 12 weeks. Even if you can’t join the program discussed in the video, choosing yoga and healthy eating is a great way to control your heart disease risk.

    When you need cardiac care, turn to the doctors at Cardiac Solutions. Our cardiologists use a team-centered approach to ensure that our patients get the best quality of care possible. To make an appointment at our Phoenix or Glendale clinics, please call (623) 208-5305.

  • When Should You Call the Doctor About Heart Problems?

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    Part of living with heart disease is learning to recognize the signs of a problem that your doctor needs to know about. When you have heart disease, it is crucial that you work closely with your cardiologist to manage your symptoms. Acting fast when there are signs of trouble can save lives. Here are some signs that indicate you should call a cardiologist about your heart problems:

    Irregular or Fast Heartbeat
    Many people with heart disease have an irregular heartbeat, but if it changes, it’s important to let your doctor know. Your cardiologist should also know if you experience a rapid heart rate. If your heart rate climbs over 100 beats per minute, call your cardiologist for advice. If it exceeds 150 beats per minute, or if you have a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath, go to the emergency room.

    Increased Fatigue
    Fatigue often goes hand-in-hand with heart disease, but extreme fatigue isn’t normal. If it becomes increasingly difficult to complete your daily activities, it’s time to discuss your fatigue with your cardiologist. You should also do so if you notice a change in your sleeping patterns, including insomnia or feeling like you need more sleep than usual to feel rested.

    Dizziness or Lightheadedness
    Dizziness and lightheadedness may occur in spells when you have heart disease, particularly if you overexert yourself. However, these symptoms should clear up with rest. If they are persistent or constant, call your cardiologist. Likewise, if you experience restlessness and confusion, let your cardiologist know.

    If you’re ever in doubt about the symptoms you’re experiencing, call your doctor at Cardiac Solutions of Phoenix and Glendale. We’re always available to address your questions and concerns about your heart health. Contact us for an appointment at (623) 208-5305.

  • One of Cardiac Solutions’ 3 Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Patients Shares His Story

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    Learn more about how the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) changed Mr. Orrell’s life with this wonderful story!

  • Typhoon Relief Supplies Packed Up And Ready To Go!

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    A big THANK YOU to everyone for your thoughts and contributions! The relief supplies are packed up and ready to be sent off to the Philippines!

  • Determining Heart-Healthy Portions at Restaurants

    Dining out is a fun way to get together with family and friends, but it isn’t always the healthiest choice. Portions at restaurants are often much larger than what a single serving really should be, which takes a toll on your waistline and your health.

    Watch this video to get a handle on what a healthy serving size of some restaurant favorites really looks like. A baked potato should be about the size of a computer mouse, while a single serving of fish should be about the size of a deck of cards. If your plate comes piled with too much food, ask the waiter to bag up part of your meal to go.

    The cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions are committed to educating our patients about smart heart-healthy habits. Find out how our heart centers in Phoenix and Glendale can help you stay healthy by calling (623) 208-5305.

  • Tips for Teaching Your Children Heart-Healthy Habits

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    It’s never too late to get heart-healthy, but good habits are always easiest to stick with when you start them young. Teaching your kids to get smart about caring for their hearts is a lesson they will carry for life. The same habits your cardiologist wants you to adopt as an adult are relevant to younger people, and convincing them to get on board isn’t as hard as you may think. Here are some tips for getting your kids invested in heart health:

    Encourage Kids to Pick Their Activities

    Staying physically active is an important part of maintaining good cardiac health. Getting and staying active means finding activities that you actually enjoy so you’ll stick with them. Instead of insisting that your kids play this sport or do that activity, set a rule that they must be active and let them decide how. Some kids may crave the action of team sports, while other kids may prefer the solitude of jogging. If you let your kids pursue their own interests, you won’t have to fight to keep them involved.

    Cook and Eat Together

    Junk food habits are bad for the heart and very hard to break. Give your kids a jumpstart for a healthy heart by feeding them a variety of healthy foods from a very young age. Also get your kids in the kitchen and involved in preparing family meals so they will learn about nutrition and balanced diets. Share meals together at home often. Home-cooked meals tend to be lower in fat, sugar, and sodium than restaurant fare.

    Lead by Example

    Kids emulate your habits, so adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle yourself. Following your cardiologist’s advice will keep your heart in good shape and show your kids how to avoid future complications with their own hearts.

    At Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix and Glendale, we offer first-class treatments with a team-centered approach to patient care. Our cardiologists are committed to education and wellness programs as well as cutting-edge treatments. Set up an appointment at our heart center today by calling (623) 208-5305.

     

  • Heart Disease Prevention Is In Your Hands [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. It takes more lives than AIDS and all forms of cancer combined. Although the numbers are staggering, you have the power to dramatically cut your risk of getting heart disease. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can beat heart damage and lower your odds of developing conditions that are associated with heart disease, like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Simple changes, like eating more fresh fruit and moving a little more every day, can have profound impacts on your heart health. This infographic, brought to you by Cardiac Solutions , offers advice for reducing your risk of heart disease. Our heart prevention blog is always filled with tips like these from our Phoenix cardiologists to help you understand heart disease and take action to prevent it. Please pass this helpful information along to your family and friends so they too can be armed with the knowledge they need to stay heart healthy. 

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  • How Does Belly Fat Affect Your Heart?

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    Being overweight is never a good thing for your heart, but where you carry your weight could play a major role in how it affects your heart health. Studies have indicated that fat carried around the midsection is more dangerous for the heart than fat carried on other parts of the body. Because of this, people with a high amount of belly fat should make weight loss a priority.

    Fat around the belly is called visceral fat. People with high levels of visceral fat have a greater risk of cardiovascular death, even if they have a normal body mass index (BMI). Doctors aren’t sure why visceral fat is so dangerous, but it may be because visceral fat increases the risk of insulin resistance and other health problems that impact the heart. Burning belly fat can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

    If you’re concerned about how visceral fat is affecting your heart health, make an appointment at Cardiac Solutions . To schedule a consultation at one of our heart health centers in Glendale or Phoenix, call (623) 208-5305.