• Factors That Can Trigger a Heart Attack

    There are many factors that can trigger a heart attack in people who already have poor heart health, such as eating a very large meal, experiencing intense emotions such as grief, and engaging in strenuous physical exertion despite a lack of physical conditioning. If you have risk factors that increase your risk of a heart attack, such as diabetes or heart disease, it’s a good idea to talk to your heart doctor about your lifestyle habits.

    Watch this video to hear about the symptoms of a heart attack and how they differ in men versus women. This cardiology expert also explains a new procedure that can help restore blood flow in patients with blocked arteries. Additionally, you’ll hear some valuable prevention tips to boost your heart health.

    Residents of the Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, and Phoenix areas can learn more about improving heart health by calling Cardiac Solutions. You can schedule a visit with a board-certified cardiologist by calling (623) 208-5305.

  • Dr. Patel spoke at the Medtronic 5th Arizona Regional Champions Program on April 19, 2014

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  • Getting Active Without Posing a Risk to Your Health After a Heart Attack

    Many heart attack patients are concerned about the safety of exercising, with good reason. After your heart attack, you’ll need to be careful not to overdo physical activity. However, the risks of leading a sedentary lifestyle are much greater than those of being physically active. Exercise will accelerate your recovery and reduce your risk of a future heart attack. Before you leave the clinic after your heart attack, your cardiologist will explain how to care for your health. Ask the cardiologist for your heart condition recommended physical activity. 

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    Become Active Around the Home
    Follow your cardiologist’s instructions regarding the length of time you’ll need to rest when you return home. When your  cardiologist clears you for activity , begin doing some simple tasks around your home. Doing light housework such as folding clothes and preparing meals will help ease you into physical activity. Avoid overdoing it and rest as needed.

    Ease Into an Exercise Program
    Your cardiologist may recommend that you start with a walking program. During the first week, you may only be able to walk for five minutes at a time. In the subsequent weeks, your cardiologist may advise you to gradually increase this time. About six weeks after you return home, you may be able to start other activities, such as swimming, golfing, and cycling. However, keep your intensity level low unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. As your cardiologist if cardiac rehab is an option.

    After your heart attack, the cardiologists at  Cardiac Solutions  can help you learn important self-care measures. We’ll work with you to develop a safe exercise program and to reduce your risk of recurrent heart trouble. Learn how you can get back on your feet by calling (623) 208-5305 and scheduling and appointment with your cardiologist. 

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  • How Cigarette Smoking Damages Your Heart

    People who smoke cigarettes have a significantly increased risk of heart attack and death. Smoking compromises your heart health by increasing your blood pressure, reducing levels of good cholesterol, and increasing the blood’s likelihood of clotting. These are just a few of the ill health effects caused by smoking.

    To hear more about how smoking damages your body and jeopardizes heart health, watch this public service announcement. You’ll hear from the U.S. Surgeon General about why it’s important to quit smoking and you’ll learn about the shocking number of harmful chemicals in cigarettes.

    The team at Cardiac Solutions is dedicated to  improving the wellness of our patients  through exceptional education initiatives and advanced treatment options. Call one of our five locations in the Phoenix area at (623) 208-5305 and ask us how we can help you improve your heart health.

  • How to Lose Weight the Healthy Way

    An alarming percentage of American adults are overweight or obese. This problem isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it also affects heart health . Cardiologists warn that being obese can increase your blood pressure, raise your cholesterol levels, and lead to diabetes, which increases your risk of a heart attack. If you’re overweight or obese, consider working with your heart doctor to develop a sensible weight loss plan. Since a complete diet overhaul might seem overwhelming, try making a few small changes every week.

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    Create a Heart-Healthy Kitchen
    If you keep junk food in your home, you’re more likely to eat it. Creating a heart-healthy kitchen can boost your chances of weight loss success. Avoid purchasing processed food products that are high in sugar, fat, and sodium, or are made from refined grains, such as potato chips and pastries. Beware seemingly healthy foods, such as yogurt and granola, which often contain high amounts of sugar. Instead,  stock your kitchen with nutrient-dense foods , such as whole grains, beans, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. If you’re often pressed for time, consider making meals in large batches and freezing them in individual portions. Slice fruits and vegetables ahead of time for a quick, healthy snack.

    Start Reading Nutrition Labels
    When you do purchase processed foods, compare nutrition labels to select the healthiest product. Evaluate the amount of calories per serving, the total number of servings per product, and the amounts of sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. Additionally, look for products made from whole grains, rather than refined grains. Choosing healthier versions of the products you already enjoy is a simple way to shed the pounds.

    Avoid High-Calorie Beverages
    Many people are unaware of the high number of calories they consume in beverages every day, such as soda, sports drinks, and gourmet coffees. You can easily cut your calories by making coffee at home, and avoiding added sugar and creamers. Choose water or low-fat milk instead of soda and sports drinks. Additionally, avoid diet sodas; these may seem diet-friendly, when in fact they can increase your sugar cravings and lead to numerous health problems.

    Our compassionate cardiac care team at  Cardiac Solutions  can help you prevent or manage heart conditions. Call us at (623) 208-5305 and ask us about our upcoming patient education classes. We have convenient heart centers in Avondale, Glendale, Peoria, and Sun City West.

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  • Our Avondale office is now offering heart failure, lipid, and anti-coagulation clinics.

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  • What Is the Role of a Mid-Level Cardiac Care Team?

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    When you’re referred to a heart center for a cardiovascular condition, you’re likely to meet with several professionals. Your cardiac care team likely includes your heart doctor, a nurse practitioner, and a physician assistant. Registered Nurse, Licensed practical Nurse, Medical Assistant. The Cardiac Care Team works alongside your heart doctor to diagnose your ailment. 

    Once your condition is diagnosed, your Cardiac Care Team will work closely with you to ensure you understand exactly what it means for your health. He or she may discuss lifestyle changes with you to promote your heart health. Cardiac Care Team can help you adjust to life after diagnosis; for example, you may need to alter your lifestyle after receiving a pacemaker. Additionally, Cardiac Care Team can prescribe medications and administer treatment.

    The friendly Cardiac Care Team and heart doctors at Cardiac Solutions offer a team-oriented, personalized approach to patient care. Residents of Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, Avondale, and the surrounding areas are invited to schedule an appointment at one of our heart centers by calling (623) 208-5305.

  • What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

    If your cardiologist diagnoses you with an aneurysm, it means that part of a blood vessel has become weak and has developed a bulge. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) develops in the aorta, which is your largest blood vessel. Your aorta extends from your heart to your lower abdomen. At your lower abdomen, it separates into two blood vessels that extend down the legs. AAA is a potentially life-threatening condition; if the aneurysm ruptures, it can cause death. Work with your heart doctor to learn more about your condition and your treatment options.

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    Symptoms
    Many people with AAA do not experience symptoms for quite some time. When symptoms do occur, they can include back pain, groin pain, or stomach pain. If the aneurysm ruptures, you’ll need emergency medical treatment from a cardiologist. Symptoms of a rupture include clammy skin, sudden and severe pain, dizziness, shock, rapid heartbeat, and nausea.

    Causes
    Most abdominal aortic aneurysms are caused by atherosclerosis, which is a condition in which plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries. Plaque buildup weakens the blood vessels, making them more likely to bulge. Certain people may be at a higher risk of AAA than others, particularly if they smoke, have high blood pressure, or have high cholesterol. Being obese and having a family history of aneurysms can also increase the risk.

    Treatment Options
    Your cardiologist may recommend monitoring if your aneurysm is small and does not cause symptoms, and you are otherwise in good health. If your aneurysm is large and you do experience symptoms, you may need surgery. 

    Cardiac Solutions provides advanced treatment options for patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm and other cardiovascular conditions. Residents of Phoenix and the surrounding areas are invited to  schedule a consultation  with a heart doctor. You can connect with us by calling (623) 208-5305 or visiting us on the Web.