• A Guide to Living with Atrial Fibrillation

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. While AF may cause no symptoms at all, it can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, you can still live a normal and active life. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should work to control these conditions to reduce your risk of stroke. Avoid eating foods that are high in fats, sugars, sodium, or cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease. Do eat plenty of whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Quit smoking to further improve your heart health, and talk to your doctor about any medications you may be taking. Some over-the-counter medications can exacerbate arrhythmia, so ask your cardiologist which supplements and medications to avoid.

    If you are living with atrial fibrillation, your cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions is here to help. Call us at (623) 208-5305 to book an appointment at any one of our five Phoenix-area clinics. Take a look through our website to learn more about our compassionate, team-oriented approach to top-quality cardiac care .

  • A Look at the FDA’s Effort to Ban Trans Fat

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    Many Americans have too much fat in their diets, and this is one of a handful of reasons that heart disease is such a prominent killer in the United States. In an effort to encourage

    Americans to make healthier choices, the FDA has proposed a motion to ban trans fats, which are among the worst fats for your health. Foods containing trans-fat lead to higher cholesterol and increased blood pressure—both significant risk factors for heart disease.

    The FDA ban on this trans fats is expected to become effective in 2015, but many food manufacturers are already shifting away from these fats. It will be important for consumers to recognize that many familiar foods may have shorter shelf-lives after this change is in effect, because trans fats are often used as preservatives in processed and frozen foods.

    To learn more about the heart healthy dietary decisions you should make for yourself and your family, visit the Cardiac Solutions team in Avondale, Sun City West, Glendale, or Peoria. To schedule an appointment at one of our clinics or take a closer look at our services, visit our website or call (623) 208-5305. 

  • A Look Back on a Year of Heart Health Improvement

    Participation in the community is essential in the fight against heart disease, because community events raise awareness of heart disease risks and promote healthy exercise through organized walks and activities for everyone. As you will see in this video from the American Heart Association, there have been great strides in heart health awareness—including the implementation of CPR education and testing for heart related birth defects. These movements have made 2013 one of the most impactful years yet for heart health advocacy, but there is still a lot to be done in 2014.
    To learn how you can improve heart health in your Phoenix area community, consult one of five Cardiac Solutions clinics in Avondale, Peoria, Glendale, or Sun City West. You can reach us at (623) 208-5305 or visit our website to explore our services and meet our specialized care team. 

  • Improving Your Heart Health in 2014

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    If you have struggled to make positive changes for your heart health in the past, you might use the New Year as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start sticking to your goals. While it does take time to make a big impact on your heart health, you can make some important changes that will have immediate benefits in addition to a long-term payoff. Here are a few tips to help you set the right goals and stick to them in 2014.

    Setting manageable goals

    It is important to start the year with small goals that can be accomplished in a short period of time. You might make a calendar of manageable mini-resolutions to continue checking off throughout the year instead of declaring one single goal with no clear terms or benchmarks. For example, if your primary goal is to lose weight, you might start by adding more exercise to your routine each month. You can also incorporate simple changes such as eating more green vegetables, trying new healthy foods, or increasing your fiber intake rather than dramatically changing your diet all at once.

    Checking up on your health

    Whether you have set a goal of smoking cessation, weight loss, or physical fitness, you will want to check in with your doctor along the way to be sure that you remain on track . While you may see some results without a visit to the doctor’s office, you should still keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other important numbers for your heart health.

    Making long-term changes

    As you achieve minor goals, you will be building to the bigger picture of good overall health. You will want to keep this long-term goal in mind every step of the way and leave reminders for yourself to stay motivated. You should remember that good health is about ongoing lifestyle changes and not short-term goals with an expiration date.

    Cardiac Solutions can help you take charge of your heart health with a team-based approach to specialized care at our Sun City West and Glendale clinics . To schedule your initial consultation with our team, visit our website or call (623) 208-5305. 

  • Cardiac Solutions Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC

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    Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.
     
    Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.
     
    Cardiac Solutions located in Peoria, AZ has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
     
    Accreditation by the IAC means that Cardiac Solutions Sun City West has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review. 
     
    IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.
     
    IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.
     
    Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by a number of private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.