• Understanding Heart Murmurs

    A heart murmur is a whooshing or clicking sound when a physician listens to your heart through a stethoscope. Many heart murmurs are not associated with serious problems, but most valve problems are first diagnosed through a heart murmur.

    This video provides a brief explanation of heart murmurs from the American Heart Association to help you understand. Watch the clip for a closer look at heart murmur and ask your physician if you should be concerned about your heart health during your next checkup.

    Cardiac Solutions can help you manage a heart murmur related to valve disorders or other heart health issues, so call us today at (623) 208-5305 to schedule a consultation . We have clinics conveniently located throughout the Phoenix area to help you manage your health without traveling far. 

  • An Overview of Peripheral Arterial Disease

    Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs. Often, you can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet.

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    Causes and Risk Factors
    The leading cause of peripheral arterial disease is atherosclerosis, a condition that involves the buildup of plaque. Cardiologists have identified a number of risk factors that can contribute to PAD, including tobacco use, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Being over the age of 50, having high cholesterol, and having a personal or family history of stroke are additional risk factors.

    Symptoms
    While many people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms, some people have leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). Intermittent claudication symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that’s triggered by activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Calf pain is the most common location. The severity of intermittent claudication varies widely, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Severe intermittent claudication can make it hard for you to walk or do other types of physical activity.

    Peripheral artery disease symptoms include:

    • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs (intermittent claudication)
    • Leg numbness or weakness
    • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
    • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
    • A change in the color of your legs
    • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
    • Slower growth of your toenails
    • Shiny skin on your legs
    • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
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    Treatment Options
    Your cardiologist may recommend medications to treat PAD, such as drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Sometimes, surgery may be needed if one limb or an artery has obstructed blood flow. Lifestyle modifications can be helpful for managing PAD, such as quitting smoking and exercising regularly.

    At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists will help you explore your PAD  treatment options  to improve your cardiovascular health. Schedule a visit with a cardiologist today by calling (623) 208-5305. Our heart clinics are conveniently located in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, and Sun City West.

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  • Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

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    Studies show that making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Cardiologists have identified some major risk factors of heart disease that you can control with lifestyle changes. For example, if you smoke, quitting will significantly improve your health. You can also lead a physically active lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight, and manage your cholesterol and blood pressure levels to reduce your risk of heart disease.

    A little exercise each day can go a long way try some easy exercise ideas, such as jumping rope and using a hula hoop.

    The cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions will work closely with you to help you reach your health goals . Contact our heart centers in Peoria, Sun City West, or Avondale by calling (623) 208-5305.

  • Symptoms and Treatment Options for an Arrhythmia

    If your cardiologist diagnoses you with an arrhythmia, it means that you have an abnormal heartbeat. There are many different types of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and ventricular fibrillation. Your heart doctor will explain the type of arrhythmia you have and discuss your treatment options, such as medications and lifestyle modifications.

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    Symptoms
    Discuss all of your symptoms with your cardiologist, which may include heart palpitations, or the feeling that your heart has skipped a beat. You may also feel faint or lightheaded, dizzy, and short of breath. Other symptoms of arrhythmias to watch out for include chest discomfort, pounding in the chest, and fatigue.

    Medications
    Cardiology patients respond in different ways to medications. Your heart doctor may try a few different medications before finding the one that’s right for you. Some examples of  drugs used to treat an arrhythmia  include anticoagulants to lower your risk of blood clots. Your cardiologist may also prescribe antiarrhythmic drugs such as beta-blockers to manage your heart rate.

    Treatment
    Treatments range from diet change and medication. There also treatments such as: cardioversions, ablations and implantation of devices. In some cases surgery may be the recommended treatment for the arrhythmia. 

    Lifestyle Changes
    Lifestyle modifications may help manage your condition. Cardiologists generally recommend avoiding cough and cold medications that contain stimulants. You may also need to limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. If you smoke, quitting can greatly improve your heart health and help manage your condition.

    At  Cardiac Solutions , we take a team-oriented approach to patient care. Our cardiologists provide personalized patient care, educational courses, and classes for family members to support heart health in our area. Those looking for a cardiologist in the Phoenix, Glendale, or Sun City West areas are welcome to call us at (623) 208-5305.

  • Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

    Millions of Americans suffer from heart disease, which is most often caused by high cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, work with your cardiologist to learn some simple tips to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. For example, you can improve your cholesterol levels by eating foods such as nuts, seeds, salmon, and avocado, while avoiding foods such as cakes, cookies, and fried foods.

    When you watch this video, you’ll receive more heart-healthy living tips. You’ll learn about the differences between HDL and LDL cholesterol, and you’ll see a demonstration of some heart-healthy exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine.

    The cardiologists of Cardiac Solutions go the extra mile to provide exceptional patient education. Residents of the Glendale, Phoenix, and Peoria areas can learn more about the services available at our heart clinic by calling (623) 208-5305.

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  • How Red Wine Enhances Heart Health

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    For years, cardiologists have cautioned patients that drinking to excess can increase the risk of heart disease. Excess consumption of alcohol is considered to be more than two drinks daily for men or more than one drink daily for women. However, provided it’s consumed in moderation, the type of alcohol a person chooses may also have an effect on heart health. In fact, studies have shown that consuming red wine may help improve heart health.

    Cardiology researchers have been investigating the effects of resveratrol on the body. Resveratrol is a polyphenol present in red grape skins. They found that resveratrol may help enhance cardiology health by interfering with the function of fat cells. The polyphenol may also facilitate the movement of glucose into fat cells and interfere with the conversion of molecules into fat. These actions can reduce the risk of obesity and metabolic problems that can increase the risk of heart disease.

    Before trying red wine to reduce your risk of heart disease, consult a heart doctor at Cardiac Solutions. Cardiology patients in the Avondale, Glendale, and Phoenix areas can reach our heart clinics at (623) 208-5305.

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  • Comparing Good and Bad Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is a wax-like substance that your body naturally produces. Although your body requires a certain amount of cholesterol, many people have too much because the liver manufactures more cholesterol in response to a diet high in saturated and trans fats. There are two main types of cholesterol. The bad kind of cholesterol is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. If you have too much LDL cholesterol, you’re at risk of developing deposits of plaque in the arteries. This can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

    The good kind of cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. HDL cholesterol works to keep your LDL cholesterol levels in check. It ferries LDL cholesterol back to the liver, where it can be processed for removal from the body. Cardiologists recommend improving levels of HDL cholesterol to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

    Patients with high cholesterol are invited to contact the cardiology team at Cardiac Solutions to learn about effective treatment options. Call our heart clinics in Avondale, Peoria, or Sun City West at (623) 208-5305 with any questions you may have.