• Congestive Heart Failure: Understanding the Risk Factors

    Congestive heart failure  is a condition that often develops in response to another medical problem. Though certain lifestyle habits, such as the excessive consumption of alcohol, can contribute to heart failure, existing cardiac issues can also weaken the heart and make it more susceptible to this problem. By taking steps to address or manage these other conditions, you can put yourself in a better position to avoid heart failure.

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    Arrhythmia
    An abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, can be too slow, too fast, or erratic. The heart is a muscle, so if it beats abnormally for an extended period of time, it can eventually wear out and congestive heart failure can develop. That is why cardiologists recommend appropriate treatment for heart arrhythmias as soon as they are found. Prompt treatment to bring the heart’s rhythm under control is especially important when an arrhythmia  causes the heart to contract too quickly .

    Hypertension
    High blood pressure, or hypertension, can also increase a patient’s risk of congestive heart failure. When hypertension develops, it produces excessive force on the walls of the arteries. While they are flexible structures, the arteries can eventually weaken if too much pressure is placed upon them for too long. What makes high blood pressure an especially dangerous condition is that it typically goes unnoticed without regular medical evaluations. This problem presents no obvious warning signs, making regular physical checkups essential not only to find hypertension in its earliest stages, but also to prevent the onset of heart failure because of it.

    Myocardial Infarction
    In addition to being a direct risk factor for heart failure, hypertension is also a risk factor for heart attack, or myocardial infarction. When blood cannot reach the entire heart for a given amount of time, cardiac cells can begin to die. Should the heart suffer extensive damage because of a heart attack, it can become weak and vulnerable to congestive heart failure. 

    Don’t let congestive heart failure be a part of your future. Call Cardiac Solutions today at (623) 208-5305 to speak with one of our heart clinic associates. Our  heart centers in Sun City West , Avondale, Glendale, Peoria, and Phoenix can provide you with the preventive treatment you need to avoid heart failure.

  • Heart Murmurs: A Basic Overview

    The heart is an organ comprised of four major chambers through which blood moves. When a heart doctor places a stethoscope on a patient’s chest, he can listen to the sound of the blood moving through the heart. If the heart suffers from a structural irregularity, it may produce an unusual sound as the blood rushes from one part of the heart to another. Such abnormalities are typically called heart murmurs. Should a cardiologist detect a murmur, it may not necessarily indicate a significant medical issue. However, should the murmur stem from a degenerative heart condition, treatment may be necessary to correct the abnormality and restore proper heart function.

    ECG. Electrocardiogram and heart  beat shape.

    Cardiac Solutions can help you enjoy the heart health you deserve. Our team of cardiologists offers effective treatment for many heart conditions, including  heart murmurs . For more information on our services for the greater Phoenix and Glendale communities, call (623) 208-5305 today.

  • Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

    Chest pain is a common sign of a heart attack , which is why some people might ignore other symptoms if they do not feel chest discomfort. However, a heart attack can present without any chest pain, making it all the more important for men and women alike to know the other warning signs of a heart attack. If you suspect that you are having a heart attack, seek emergency treatment right away. Continue reading to find out more about the early warning signs of heart attacks.

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    Queasiness
    An upset stomach can indicate a number of issues, including the flu or food poisoning. When you experience nausea in the absence of these possible factors, though, you may be having a heart attack. Heart attacks can produce  symptoms that mimic an upset stomach , particularly in women. If you feel sick to your stomach or begin to vomit with no apparent cause, consult an emergency care physician to rule out the possibility of a heart attack.

    Sudden Sweating
    Sweating can develop for several reasons. Having a fever is one cause, and physical exertion is another. What makes sweating due to a heart attack different from these other circumstances is that it can come on suddenly even when you are at rest. Like queasiness, a sudden cold sweat should not be ignored. In particular, if you notice yourself sweating and feel one or more other heart attack warning signs, get help as soon as possible.

    Lightheadedness
    A heart attack can dramatically reduce the amount of oxygenated blood that your heart receives. If this organ cannot get the blood it needs to function, it can cause you to become dizzy or weak. Sudden lightheadedness or weakness can be an indicator of a serious heart problem. Should you feel dizzy for no known reason, visit a cardiology specialist for immediate evaluation to ensure that your symptoms do not stem from a heart attack.

    To help minimize the long-term health complications of a heart attack, it is essential to get emergency care as quickly as possible. However, follow-up care can also be important for recovering from a heart attack. Cardiac Solutions offers effective treatment services for those in need of cardiac care.  For more information  on our services for the residents of Peoria, Phoenix, Avondale, Sun City West, and Glendale, call (623) 208-5305.

  • Foods That Could Boost Your Good Cholesterol

    Did you know that not all cholesterol is bad for you? High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is cholesterol that can protect your cardiovascular system from decline and disease.

    This video highlights foods that can increase the amount of good cholesterol in your bloodstream. Garlic is one option that you can easily incorporate into your diet for its HDL benefits. This tasty herb makes a great addition to many dishes, but if you’re worried about its strong scent, garlic supplements make effective alternatives as well. If you have a sweet tooth, consider dark chocolate, another food known for its ability to boost good cholesterol.

    Cardiac Solutions  provides comprehensive prevention and treatment services for those at risk for heart disease. To talk with one of our Glendale-area cardiologists about your concerns, call (623) 208-5305.

  • A Look at Peripheral Artery Disease

    For your body to function normally, your organs need a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood. If your arteries are clogged, you are at a much higher risk of suffering a range of heart problems or other serious conditions. Peripheral artery disease occurs when the arteries become narrowed, limiting the amount of blood that reaches your limbs.

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    Causes
    Peripheral artery disease often occurs as a direct result of atherosclerosis, in which the arteries in the heart suffer a buildup of plaque. This buildup of plaque eventually narrows the arteries throughout the body, including arteries that lead to the arms and legs. Some cases of peripheral artery disease occur as a result of injury to the limbs or blood vessel inflammation.  

    Symptoms
    Some people with peripheral artery disease feel sudden cramping in their arms or legs, while others feel numbness or weakness in their limbs. Some also notice a weak pulse in their limbs or even a change of color. One reason why peripheral artery disease is so disconcerting is that it often doesn’t come with any symptoms.

    Risks
    People who smoke, have diabetes, or high blood pressure are the most at risk of developing peripheral artery disease. Narrowed arteries can seriously increase one’s risk of stroke, heart disease, or a blood clot in the leg. If you suspect that your have  peripheral artery disease , it’s important that you receive treatment as quickly as possible.

    Treatment
    Lifestyle changes—including diet, exercise, and smoking cessation—can help halt the development of peripheral artery disease. A cardiologist may also prescribe high blood pressure medication or cholesterol-lowering medications. If peripheral artery disease reaches an advanced stage, an angioplasty or bypass surgery may be necessary.

    The cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions can help make sure your arteries are as clear as possible. We’ve been safeguarding the  heart health  of Phoenix-area residents since 1984, and we have what it takes to successfully treat a wide range of heart conditions. Call (623) 208-5305 if you have any questions for our skilled cardiologists and medical staff.

  • A Brief Look at Pacemakers

    A heart arrhythmia is a manageable condition. In many cases, cardiologists will look to the least invasive treatment options, such as lifestyle changes or medications. However, some patients do not respond to these measures. When more conservative treatments fail to alleviate an irregular heartbeat, the implantation of a pacemaker might be the next choice.

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    A pacemaker is a device that can regulate the heart’s beating pattern. By generating electrical impulses that control heart contractions, a pacemaker can eliminate an arrhythmia. A pacemaker can prove integral to alleviating the risk of many arrhythmia-related problems, such as shortness of breath, chronic exhaustion, and even heart failure. Depending on the demands of the battery contained in the device, a pacemaker may last for up to a decade before needing replacement.

    Do you have more questions about  pacemakers ? If so, talk to the cardiology experts at Cardiac Solutions. Call us today at (623) 208-5305 to schedule a consultation with a heart doctor at one of our heart clinics in the Phoenix and Peoria area.

  • Congestive Heart Failure: Which Lab Tests Are Important?

    An accurate diagnosis is imperative when a patient is experiencing heart issues. For this reason, a cardiologist might order several diagnostic procedures to collect as much information as possible about a person’s condition. These tests can provide a comprehensive look at how the heart works. Congestive heart failure , a condition that diminishes the heart’s ability to supply oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, may require one or more of the following diagnostic procedures:

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    Stress Test                                                     
    When under stress, a healthy heart increases its pumping rate so that it can send out a greater amount of oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood. However, because congestive heart failure can reduce the  heart’s pumping capacity , it may adversely affect its ability to supply more blood to the body when active. A stress test can monitor how the heart reacts when the body is in motion. During this procedure, the patient may be asked to walk, jog, or bike as the medical team observes his or her heart activity.

    Electrocardiogram
    The heart’s rhythm can impact how much blood it can move with each contraction. An irregular heartbeat can significantly alter heart activity, making it harder for this organ to supply the blood the body needs. An electrocardiogram can show cardiologists the pattern of a patient’s heart rate while at rest. This noninvasive test involves the application of electrodes to the patient’s chest that can compile and send information to an attached monitor, which shows the heartbeat in real time.

    Basic Metabolic Panel
    A basic metabolic panel offers one of the easiest ways for a heart doctor to gather information about a patient’s cardiac health. This test involves only the drawing of a blood sample from the patient for laboratory analysis. This analysis can break down the many components in the blood. If any irregularities are found, this may indicate the presence of congestive heart failure. For a more extensive evaluation, a cardiologist may recommend a comprehensive metabolic panel.

    If you have a heart condition,  Cardiac Solutions  has the staff and treatment services needed to successfully manage it. If you are suffering from the signs of congestive heart failure, such as fatigue and edema, don’t wait another day to schedule an evaluation at one of our five Phoenix-area heart clinics. Call (623) 208-5305 today to speak with one of our friendly associates. 

  • Get to Know the Basics of Circulation

    To perform well, your cells require a constant supply of oxygen. This video demonstrates how the heart enables the rest of your body to survive and thrive.

    Your health depends on your blood circulation. Nutrient-depleted blood makes its way to the heart, where it is then sent to the lungs to receive oxygen. The blood returns to the heart, which pushes it out to the arteries. Not only does the heart need to move an adequate supply of blood with each contraction, but it also must pump blood at a regular rate so that the cells are never lacking the oxygen they need for optimal function.

    Cardiac Solutions offers a range of cardiology services for the residents of Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment with a  heart doctor , call (623) 208-5305 today.

  • Your Heart Health by the Numbers

    Eating nutritious meals and exercising regularly are essential aspects of maintaining your heart health. It’s also important to know a few key numbers when it comes to warding off heart disease. These figures can reveal undiagnosed problems that may eventually cause serious issues, so be sure to consult with a heart doctor on a regular basis about your heart health.

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    Monitoring Your Waist
    Many people know that excessive weight can contribute to heart disease. However, some might be surprised to learn that weight gained in certain areas can prove especially dangerous to cardiac wellness. In particular, your waist circumference can highlight the potential for future heart issues. For this reason, cardiologists recommend sticking to healthy  lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy weight  and a trim waistline.

    Controlling Your Cholesterol
    Cholesterol is an essential substance for complete wellness, but in many cases, people consume far more of it than they need. When too much low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, is present in the bloodstream, it can begin to adhere to the arterial walls and reduce the amount of room that blood has to travel throughout the body. That is why controlling your cholesterol is integral to your health. When cholesterol levels are left high for too long, this can contribute to the formation of blood clots that can cut off blood to the brain or heart.

    Managing Your Blood Pressure
    Your circulatory system requires a certain level of pressure so that blood can travel to every part of the body that needs it. When this pressure exceeds normal levels, though, it can result in the deterioration of the blood vessels. Unfortunately, high blood pressure shows no noticeable symptoms, so it can develop and persist for years without diagnosis unless frequent readings are taken. To ensure that your blood pressure is not inadvertently contributing to a weakened circulatory system, have it checked regularly by a heart doctor.

    Are you worried that your heart numbers are too high? Let Cardiac Solutions help you regain control of your heart health. To  set up an appointment  with one of our heart doctors, call (623) 208-5305. Our team of cardiologists in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, and Sun City West can safely and effectively treat a wide range of heart-related conditions.

  • How Quickly Does Giving Up Smoking Help Your Heart?

    Not only does smoking contribute to a higher risk of lung cancer, but it can also lead to serious cardiovascular problems. However, after just a single day without a cigarette, you can begin to undo the damage that smoking has done to your heart.

    Smoking negatively affects heart rate and blood pressure. Studies show, though, that in as little as 20 minutes after having your final cigarette, your heart rate begins to stabilize. In just 120 minutes, your blood pressure can also return to a healthier range. The advantages of not smoking only increase the longer you go without having another cigarette. One aspect that some smokers may overlook is how their habit can impact the oxygenation of their blood. After just half of a day, the blood supply becomes more oxygen-rich, as blood cells can once again attach to oxygen instead of the carbon monoxide that smoking brings into the body.

    Cigarettes and Heart

    Are you living your best heart-healthy life? Cardiac Solutions in Peoria and Glendale can help you keep your heart strong and disease-free. For more information on the services that our  heart clinic  provides, call (623) 208-5305.