Knowing What to Expect in Cardiac Rehabilitation

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After a heart attack, you will be much more likely to suffer another heart attack, cardiac arrest, or other serious cardiac episodes. Therefore, you will need to make some big changes to care for your heart and prevent future complications that could compromise your health. Cardiac rehabilitation with Cardiac Solutions can guide you toward the right choices for your heart with a manageable timeline of steps over three distinct phases.

Initial recovery

Rehabilitation will probably begin while you are still in the hospital and under the supervision of cardiac physicians and nurses. Exercise is critical for your recovery, so you will begin a light walking routine before you even go home. As you participate in physical activity, nurses will monitor your vital signs and blood pressure to ensure that you do not overstress your heart.

Making new lifestyle choices

Once you return home, you will want to continue your new exercise routine and get used to a healthier diet. As you get used to your prescribed lifestyle changes, you will check in with a member of your care team about three times weekly over eight weeks. Through these sessions, you will have your heart health monitored and receive education and support related to heart disease and recovery.

Lifelong changes and support

The third phase of cardiac rehabilitation is considered the maintenance phase, and it does not have any end date. You will still have the support of your physician and cardiac specialists, but you should have the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthier lifestyle at this point in your rehabilitation.

To learn more about the team based approach to heart disease treatment used at Cardiac Solutions, visit our website or call us at (623) 208-5305. We serve the greater Phoenix area through five convenient locations in Peoria, Glendale, West Sun City, and Avondale. 

Tips for Staying Heart Healthy While Dining Out

Many restaurants serve large portions high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium, all of which can threaten your heart health. Knowing how to avoid common pitfalls when dining out can help you to maintain a healthy heart. Ask for dressings and sauces to be served on the side and choose whole grain options from bread baskets before your meal. You can cut down on large portions by sharing your meal with a friend or taking half of it home. Check out this video for more tips on avoiding unhealthy choices while dining out.

A healthy diet is an essential component of a healthy cardiovascular system. At Cardiac Solutions, we can help you develop a diet that will benefit your heart health for life. You can check out our classes or locate our five convenient Phoenix-area clinics by visiting our website or calling (623) 208-5305.

Safe Exercises for Heart Attack Patients

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Physical exercise is an essential part of maintaining a healthy heart, even if you’ve had a previous heart attack. Aerobic activity strengthens the cardiovascular system and improves the efficiency of the heart. If you’ve had a heart attack, avoid isometric exercises such as push-ups or sit-ups. Instead, focus on activities such as running, biking, or swimming. While exercising outdoors is an excellent option, keep your workout inside when it is very hot, very cold, or very humid. These conditions can interfere with circulation and cause you to tire quickly. Stick to flat areas rather than a course with hills or stairs, and monitor your heart rate regularly. Ease into your exercise program when you are just starting out or if you have had to take a few days off, as this will reduce strain on your heart.

Your cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions can help you develop the ideal exercise and dietary program for your heart health needs. You can reach any one of our five clinics by calling (623) 208-5305 today. We invite you to read through the articles on our blog for more important information about your health after a heart attack.

Why Heart Attacks Often Go Misdiagnosed in Women

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There has been a long held misconception that heart disease affects more men than women, but it is actually the leading cause of death among both genders in the United States. Even as more women recognize that heart disease is a problem they should address proactively, heart attacks still remain frequently misdiagnosed for women.

One reason that women are not properly treated for heart attacks is that they are not seeking care for their symptoms. Chest pain is only one of many signs of a heart attack, and symptoms can actually feel like a sudden and severe flu. Therefore, women should be more willing to seek emergency care for these symptoms so that they can get care when it is needed.

If you are trying to improve your heart health or you have suffered a heart attack and need rehabilitative care, visit Cardiac Solutions in Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, or Sun City West. You can schedule appointments with our unique expert team on our website or at (623) 208-5305. 

Is Red Wine Really Heart Healthy?

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death among both men and women in America. Many people believe that drinking red wine could reduce your risk of heart disease—but is this belief fact or fiction?

This video delves into the truth about red wine and your heart. Studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption reduces your risk of heart disease. Red wine drinkers in particular often practice other healthy behaviors, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet. However, it’s important to note increasing alcohol consumption has been linked with many negative health effects, including stroke and cancer.

Do you have questions or concerns about how red wine or other foods and drinks affect your heart? The experienced cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions are here to help you develop a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent or manage heart disease. Click through our website or call (623) 208-5305 to schedule your visit

Answering Common Questions about Heart Attack Recovery

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A heart attack can be a frightening experience, but many people survive and continue to live long, productive, and healthy lives. It’s important to work with your cardiologist following a heart attack to develop healthy habits and monitor the condition of your heart. At Cardiac Solutions , we are here to answer your questions and ensure you have the knowledge, support, and medical care you need to recover successfully after a heart attack.

How Much Rest Do I Need?

Increasing physical activity after a heart attack will lower your likelihood of a second cardiac event. While you may need to take frequent breaks at first, you should find ways to increase physical activity in your everyday life as soon as possible after your heart attack. Depending upon the severity of your heart attack, your doctor will recommend returning to work within two to twelve weeks.

How Should I Feel?

Those who have experienced a heart attack often feel many emotions, ranging from sadness or anger to optimism and gratitude that they are alive. It’s important to remember that your friends and family members are feeling many of these emotions as well, and may wish to seek support from you as much as you want support from them. If your emotions are overwhelming you or interfering with sleep or other activities, don’t hesitate to seek outside help.

How Will My Heart Be Treated?

Treatments following a heart attack vary depending upon your needs. Your doctor may order diagnostic tests to determine the extent to which your heart was affected. Surgical treatment is sometimes needed to repair the heart or remove blockages from the blood vessels. Medications and physical activity are common effective noninvasive treatment options.

Cardiac Solutions is dedicated to providing professional and supportive cardiac care throughout the Phoenix and Glendale areas. If you’d like to learn more about our clinics or schedule your first appointment with us, please call (623) 208-5305 today. You can explore your treatment options and meet our cardiac care team by clicking through our informative website.

6 Simple Steps for Good Heart Health

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Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. The tragedy of that statistic is that there are so many ways to control the risk of heart disease and boost heart health. By committing to a healthier lifestyle, you can drastically reduce your chances of facing heart disease. One of the most powerful things you can do is stop smoking. Smoking not only sends your own risk of heart disease soaring, but can also increase your family members’ heart disease risk by 25-30% through secondhand smoke. In this infographic, Phoenix’s Cardiac Solutions details ways you can reduce your odds of developing heart disease. Help us increase awareness about heart-healthy habits by sharing this information with all of your friends and family. 

National Heart Failure Awareness Week

National Heart Failure Awareness Week

Did you know that in the U.S. there are over 400,000 new cases of heart failures diagnosed each year? Join Cardiac Solutions at Banner Boswell Medical Center for National Heart Failure Awareness Week on Feb. 7th. Dr. Sugumaran will be speaking on Screening for Heart Disease and Dr. Klopf will speak on Women and Heart Failure.

Foods You Should Avoid After Having a Heart Attack

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After a heart attack, your doctor may suggest making several lifestyle changes to help you maintain better heart health. Changing your diet to avoid foods linked with poor cardiovascular health can reduce your risk of future heart attacks or other complications. Understanding how certain types of foods and additives affect your heart can help you to make the right choices for a healthier body.

Sugar and Salt

Sugary snacks and treats contain “empty calories” that often contribute to weight gain, which is associated with heart disease. Limit sweets and sugary snacks, including desserts, candies, sodas, and sweetened juices. Salt raises your blood pressure, placing excess stress on blood vessels and increasing your risk of a heart attack. Stop adding salt to your cooking and meals, and check the labels of prepackaged foods for their sodium content. Keep in mind that salt is often contained in innocuous foods such as croutons, breads, and some meats.

Cholesterol

Bad cholesterol , or LDL, is a major contributor to heart disease. Limit foods that are high in LDL cholesterol, such as eggs, cheeses, and red meat. When shopping, avoid prepackaged foods whenever possible and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. When you do buy prepackaged meals or snacks, check the labels to ensure they are low in cholesterol for improved heart health.

Saturated and Trans Fats

When you eat saturated and trans fats, they accumulate in the your blood vessels and limit the volume of blood that can flow through them. Over time, fats can completely block arteries and blood vessels, causing a heart attack. Limit or cut foods from your diet that are high in fat, such as marbled meats, coconut oil, fried foods, baked goods, and fast food options.

Cardiac Solutions has been the West Valley’s leading cardiology clinic since 1984. We provide testing, diagnosis, and treatment options for heart disease including exercise stress tests, EKG monitoring, heart catheterization, and pacemaker implantation. Call (623) 208-5305 to schedule your appointment or click through our website for more information on preventing or living with heart disease

Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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A heart attack , also called myocardial infarction, can happen quickly and with little warning. While heart attacks are sensationalized in movies and television by intense chest pain and collapse, the truth is that heart attacks do not always cause such easily recognizable symptoms. Additionally, many women display symptoms that are not associated with heart attacks in men. In the event of a heart attack, time is of the essence—seek immediate care if you believe you or someone you love could be experiencing a cardiac emergency.

Chest Discomfort or Pressure

Chest pain is often an unmistakable sign of a heart attack, and some women do experience this symptom. However, chest pain may be misleading in women and is often due to another medical cause. Some women describe discomfort rather than pain, such as the feeling of a rope being tightened around the body or a weight being lowered on the chest. Regardless, chest pain or discomfort that persists for more than a few minutes should always be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately.

Fatigue and Shortness of Breath

Women often experience fatigue or shortness of breath during a heart attack. These symptoms may come on during physical activity or while the body is at rest. If you cannot catch your breath after a few moments of inactivity, it is an indication that something is wrong. Seek medical care immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

Aches, Pains, and Nausea

Many women mistake the symptoms of a heart attack for the flu. They may experience aches or pains in the arms, shoulders, upper back, neck, or jaw. Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and feelings of indigestion or heartburn could also be indicative of a heart attack in women.

At Cardiac Solutions, we are here to provide education in addition to diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions in Phoenix, Sun City West, Avondale, and Glendale. Call us today at (623) 208-5305 for the answers to your questions about your heart health. Please click through our blog to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease.