• Debunking Myths on Heart Health

    Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the U.S. Despite its prevalence, there are still plenty of misconceptions about heart health. For example, many people assume it’s easy to determine whether you’re having a heart attack. In fact, the symptoms of a heart attack can be as subtle as shortness of breath and fatigue. Another common myth is that smoking won’t damage the heart, only the lungs. In fact, smoking is one of the most significant risk factors of heart disease.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, there are steps you can take to improve your heart health. One year after you quit smoking, for example, your risk of a heart attack is reduced by 50 percent. The cardiology expert in this video also explains some misconceptions regarding vitamins and supplements.

    The board-certified cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions look forward to helping you get back on your feet. Call our cardiology clinics in Glendale, Peoria, or Avondale at (623) 208-5305 or explore the heart health information on our website .

  • Learn more about “Heart Healthy Eating” in this interview with Jeffery Greenberg, MD and The Arizona Health Connection.

  • An enlightening evening at Sun Health with Cardiac Solutions

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  • Talking to Your Doctor About Your Heart Health Concerns

    Ideally, patients should be advocates for their own health. Many people; however, hesitate to voice their concerns or ask all of their questions. If you have concerns about your heart health , it can be helpful to prepare for your cardiology appointment in advance. Consider which questions you may wish to ask, for example. You may even wish bring along a family member to help you keep track of the information.

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    Keep Track of Your Symptoms
    Whether you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart health condition or you’re seeking a diagnosis, it’s a good idea to  keep track of your symptoms  prior to your cardiology appointment. Write down which symptoms you experience each day and whether they may have been triggered by something, such as exercise or stress. You may wish to use a daily planner to keep track of them; remember to bring it to your appointment and share it with your doctor.

    Ask About Your Treatment Options
    After receiving a diagnosis, explore your treatment options with your cardiologist. Many heart health concerns are addressed via lifestyle modifications, such as starting an exercise program, improving your diet, and quitting smoking. You can ask the cardiologist if the clinic offers any patient education classes to help you with these lifestyle modifications. If you require medical treatments such as surgery, ask questions such as how to prepare for the procedure, what you can expect, and what the recovery will be like.

    Learn About Your Medications
    If your cardiologist recommends medications to treat your condition or manage your symptoms, make sure you understand the dosage schedule. Work with the doctor and your pharmacist to learn about possible interactions and side effects. If you do experience side effects, you may wish to write them down to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment.

    The board-certified cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions are committed to effective doctor-patient communication and exceptional patient education initiatives. The team at our heart clinic can help you learn how to safeguard your health and recover from adverse cardiovascular events. If you live in the Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, Phoenix, or Sun City West areas, give us a call at (623) 208-5305 to  schedule an appointment .

  • How the Heart Works

    Every moment of your life, your heart is pumping blood throughout your body. If you wish to learn the details of how your heart works, take a look at this video.

    Your heart pumps an amazing five quarts of blood every minute, and beats around 100,000 times a day. After circulating throughout your body, oxygen-poor blood enters your heart’s right side. Then, blood is pumped into your lungs, where it becomes replenished with oxygen before returning to the left side of the heart and recirculating throughout the body. Electrical pulses are responsible for keeping your heart at a steady rhythm.

    If you’d like to learn more about the heart, or if you suspect that you have a heart condition, schedule an appointment at Cardiac Solutions. You can call one of our Phoenix-area heart centers at (623) 208-5305 to set up an appointment.

     

  • Tune into the interview with Rajeev Garg, MD and The Arizona Health Connection.

  • What Is an Electrocardiogram (EKG)?

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    An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that monitors the electrical activity in your heart and provides invaluable information regarding your heart health.

    Before your EKG, you will lie back while your doctor places small adhesive electrodes on your chest, legs and arms. During the test, the EKG machine reads and records your heart’s electrical activity. The test itself is painless, and only takes a moment. After the test, your cardiologist can determine whether you have an irregular heartbeat (slow or fast) and the amount of electrical conductivity your heart puts out. The EKG is only one method to tell your doctor what your heart is doing.

    Cardiac Solutions has several heart centers in and around the Phoenix area, all of which are staffed by skilled and experienced cardiologists. If you suspect that you have heart disease or another serious heart condition, consider getting an EKG at one of our offices. You can call (623) 208-5305 to set up an appointment.  

  • Three physicians at Cardiac Solutions participated in a series of online interviews with the Arizona Health Connection.

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    Stay tuned for the links with their interviews!

  • Watch our very own Dr. Rajkumar Sugumaran’s interview with Arizona Health Connection here:

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  • The Long-Term Effects of Stress on the Heart

    It’s long been known that significant or chronic stress is unhealthy for the body, particularly the heart. Although research is ongoing and not yet conclusive, cardiologists generally acknowledge that there is a link between chronic stress and adverse cardiovascular conditions, such as heart disease and heart attack. The relationship between the two factors may be both direct and indirect. That is, stress may itself increase the risk of heart disease and it may also increase the probability of unhealthy lifestyle habits that contribute to heart disease.

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    Rise In Blood Pressure
    When you experience a stressful situation such as job loss or the end of a relationship, it’s likely that you’ll suffer from a temporary spike in your blood pressure. However, evidence is growing that shows chronic stress can lead to long-term high blood pressure. Emotional stress results in the release of hormones. When these hormones are released consistently over a long period of time, it’s possible that they contribute to damage of the arterial walls.

    Increase In Cholesterol Levels
    People respond to emotional stress in different ways. Some may experience severe panic attacks, while others handle difficult situations with ease. Research has shown that people who experience stronger emotional responses to stressful situations also experience an increase in cholesterol after completing stress tasks during scientific studies. Preliminary research appears to indicate that the correlation is maintained over the long run.

    Likelihood of Unhealthy Lifestyles
    In addition to the apparent direct  relationship between stress and heart disease , cardiologists note that chronic stress can make a person more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. They may eat a poor diet, fail to exercise regularly, and engage in unhealthy habits such as smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. All of these lifestyle habits elevate the overall risk of adverse cardiovascular conditions.

    Cardiac Solutions  provides a team-oriented, personalized approach to cardiac care. Our board-certified cardiologists look forward to meeting you and discussing how we can help you achieve better wellness. You can call (623) 208-5305 to schedule a visit to one of our heart health clinics in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, Phoenix, or Sun City West.