• Kind Words from a Patient’s Daughter

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    “Thank you so much for the thoughtful card. I got to know several of the staff at Cardiac Solutions while taking my mom to her pro time and cardiac appointments. 

    Again, thank-you.

  • Thinking About Your Partner Can Result in an Energy Boost!

    Couple cuddling and flirting in a park

    “As the participants thought about their partners, the team observed a rise in glucose and an increase in positive mood for a short duration.

    However, when the participants thought about a friend of the opposite sex or their morning routine, the team observed a slight decline in blood glucose levels and no positive effects.”

    Read more about this at MedicalNewsToday.com .

  • The ALS ice bucket challenge has been making quite the scene, read more about it here.

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    According to WedMD, “President George W. Bush, despite saying in the preamble to his video that having a bucket of water dumped on his head is “not presidential,” was soon soaked by ice water at the hands of his wife Laura Bush. He went on to challenge his presidential predecessor, Bill Clinton.”

    Read more here .

  • The Importance of Heart Failure Management and Close Continued Care

    Heart failure may be a number of different conditions that cause the heart to progressively become less effective at supplying the body with sufficient blood flow. Heart failure may be related to weakness in the heart which causes weak contractions that can reduce the amount of oxygenated blood pushed out to the body or can cause fluid buildup. In either case, heart failure should be monitored by a cardiac care team that should be included in a patient’s regular routine. Below is a closer look at why this type of care is essential for patients with heart failure.

    Senior Couple Exercising In Park

    Medication management and proper use
    Medication will play a critical role in heart failure management, but patients can have varying reactions to the wide range of medications that may be prescribed. Patients may also need detailed instructions about how and when to take medicine as well as the substances that may cause negative interactions. Your cardiac physician or Heart Failure Clinical Program can instruct you on proper use for your medication to ensure that it works effectively over an extended period.

    Lifestyle accountability
    In order to  prevent further damage to the heart  and reduce the need for procedures like bypass surgery or heart transplant, patients with heart failure should pay close attention to their daily habits. With the right exercise routine, diet, and control of vital numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol, patients can have better outcomes on their path to better heart health.. Regular visits with a cardiac care team will keep patients more accountable for important lifestyle changes so they are better able to stay on track.

    Longer, happier lives
    Heart failure does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. The help of close continued care will ensure better years to come and the peace of mind.

    The  interdisciplinary care team  at Cardiac Solutions in the Phoenix area can design a care plan that works for you through their CHF Programs so that you are able to live freely with heart failure. You can start on your path to better health with us by scheduling an appointment online or calling us at (623) 208-5305. 

  • Treating an Atrial Septal Defect

    Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart that are present from birth; they may be life-threatening or they might only cause minor symptoms that can be managed without any serious medical intervention. Atrial septal defects are a relatively common type of congenital heart defect, occurring in about 1,966 babies in the United States each year. This defect could be a serious problem, or it may only be a minor issue for heart health. The severity of the condition and the age of the patient will dictate the appropriate treatment path, which may include surgical procedures.

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    Symptoms of atrial septal defect
    An  atrial septal defect  is a hole in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart. It allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the low-oxygen blood chambers of the heart. As a result, more blood flows through the lungs and causes damage to the blood vessels over time. Signs of this problem include high blood pressure, heartbeat abnormalities, and difficulty breathing. When an atrial septal defect is diagnosed in infancy, it is typically associated with symptoms such as trouble feeding, shortness of breath, skipped heartbeats, or swelling of the feet and legs.

    Treatment options
    If symptoms are not serious and the size of the hole is relatively small, surgery may not be considered for treatment. Instead, a physician may monitor the activity of the heart and lungs and put off treatment until the condition worsens (if it ever does). Cardiac catheterization is the preferred method when surgery is needed, because it uses a much smaller and safer incision to protect the heart and surrounding organs.

    Cardiac Solutions  in the Phoenix area can provide care for adults and children with congenital heart defects through several convenient locations in Peoria, Sun City West Avondale, Glendale and Arrowhead. You can schedule a consultation for your cardiac care with us on our website or by calling (623) 208-5305. 

  • How the Summer Season Benefits Your Heart

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    For most people, summer is a time of joy and relaxation. The warm weather, the exciting events, the delicious food—summer is easily the best time of the year. Summer isn’t just great for the mind, but for the body as well. Read on to discover a few ways in which the summer can benefit your heart health .

    More Opportunities for Exercise
    Doctors everywhere agree that regular exercise is essential for a healthy mind and body. Getting your heart rate up several times a week is important for strengthening your heart and blood vessels and reducing your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to go out and exercise during the cold of winter. It’s much easier to get outside and exercise during the summer, whether you’re playing lawn games, going on a hike, or taking a long bike ride.

    More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Most people eat a lot of fatty, sugary foods during the holiday season. During the summer, there are many more healthy foods available. This is the time when fruits and vegetables are ready to harvested and consumed. Grilling—a favorite summer pastime—can help reduce the fat of certain foods and produce much healthier meals.  

    More Chances to Relax
    Stress is a major contributor to heart disease and other heart problems. Though you may not stop working during the summer, you’ll likely have plenty more opportunities to relax as you enjoy the beautiful, quiet evenings. Summer is also the prime time to take a long vacation and forget the daily stresses of life at home.

    The summer can provide numerous health benefits if you’re willing to get some exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, and find time to relax. If you suspect that you have a heart problem, let an experienced cardiologist from Cardiac Solutions provide prompt treatment. Our Phoenix-area clinics offer educational courses that can help keep you healthy all year long. Call (623) 208-5305 or visit our website for more information. 

  • Managing Stress to Help Prevent Heart Disease

    sun rising meditation

    Stress is a big risk factor when it comes to heart disease, because it can make the heart work much harder than it needs to in order to carry out its normal functions. While stress is a natural part of life, too much stress can quickly become a problem for your heart health. Therefore, you may need to utilize stress management techniques that will allow you to keep your cool in tough situations.

    Some people will turn to vices such as alcohol or tobacco to manage stress, but these can put your heart in even more danger. Healthy stress releases include exercise, meditation, and aromatherapy. As you begin to eliminate your stress with these positive techniques, you will be able to sleep better at night and keep your blood pressure in check.

    Cardiac Solutions can help you design a lifestyle that promotes better heart health with effective stress management for your daily life. You can connect with Cardiac Solutions online or at (623) 208-5305. 

  • The Importance of Heart Failure Management and Close Continued Care

    Acute pain in a woman chest

    Heart failure may be a number of different conditions that cause the heart to progressively become less effective at supplying the body with sufficient blood flow. Heart failure may be related to weakness in the heart which causes weak contractions that can reduce the amount of oxygenated blood pushed out to the body or can cause fluid buildup. In either case, heart failure should be monitored by a cardiac care team that should be included in a patient’s regular routine. Below is a closer look at why this type of care is essential for patients with heart failure.

    Medication management and proper use
    Medication will play a critical role in heart failure management, but patients can have varying reactions to the wide range of medications that may be prescribed. Patients may also need detailed instructions about how and when to take medicine as well as the substances that may cause negative interactions. Your cardiac physician or Heart Failure Clinical Program can instruct you on proper use for your medication to ensure that it works effectively over an extended period.

    Lifestyle accountability
    In order to prevent further damage to the heart and reduce the need for procedures like bypass surgery or heart transplant, patients with heart failure should pay close attention to their daily habits. With the right exercise routine, diet, and control of vital numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol, patients can have better outcomes on their path to better heart health. Regular visits with a cardiac care team will keep patients more accountable for important lifestyle changes so they are better able to stay on track.

    Longer, happier lives
    Heart failure does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. The help of close continued care will ensure better years to come and the peace of mind.

    The interdisciplinary care team at Cardiac Solutions in the Phoenix area can design a care plan that works for you through their CHF Programs so that you are able to live freely with heart failure. You can start on your path to better health with us by scheduling an appointment online or calling us at (623) 208-5305. 

  • Even a nurse can have some anxiety about tests….

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    But look how everyone at Cardiac Solutions, from the front office staff to the technicians, to Dr.Jilly, made her feel more at ease.
     

  • What Is a Stress Test and Why Would You Need One?

    There are many types of heart disease that can restrict blood flow to your heart or cause the heart to beat at an abnormal rate. In order to appropriately diagnose and treat these problems when they are suspected, doctors may use a variety of tests to get to know how your heart works in different situations. The stress test is an examination in which the heart is examined under hard working conditions caused by exercise or medication that stimulates the heart to beat faster. Below is a closer look at what you might expect from this test and why your doctor may order it in the first place.

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    Stress Test Basics
    Because the heart needs more blood and oxygen when it is working hard during exercise or strenuous activity, certain conditions may be easier to diagnose when the  heart is under stress . During the test, you will have electrodes attached to your chest while on the treadmill. This activity will cause the heart to beat faster, allowing your physician to see if you have problems with your heart’s rhythm or blood pressure, which indicate that your heart is not getting enough oxygenated blood during exercise.

    Stress Test Candidates
    If you have complained of chest pains, shortness of breath, or difficulty performing physical activity, your doctor may order a stress test to see what is happening with your heart. Stress test may help diagnose problems like arrhythmia, but they are more commonly used to identify coronary heart disease, which may show no symptoms when the heart is at rest.

    Coronary Heart Disease Diagnosis
    Coronary heart disease occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart. When the heart is at rest, plaque may not be a problem but exercise could put a patient with CHD at a higher risk for a heart attack or angina. Therefore, it is important to participate in a stress test so this problem may be identified before a serious cardiac episode occurs.

    For comprehensive cardiac care in the Phoenix are with clinics in Sun City and Glendale, you can rely on Cardiac Solutions. To explore the  higher quality of care  you can expect at our clinics, call (623) 208-5305 or visit our website today.