What Is a Peripheral Angiogram?

When peripheral artery disease is left untreated, it can lead to persistent wounds, infections, and heart attacks or stroke. However, if heart doctors can diagnose peripheral artery disease before it causes these complications, they can create a treatment plan to prevent them. A peripheral angiogram is a diagnostic test that uses x-ray imagery to determine whether peripheral artery disease is present in the arms or legs.

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Benefits
A peripheral angiogram is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically done on an outpatient basis. In many cases, patients remain awake during the procedure. The test can alert heart doctors to the presence of blocked arteries in the extremities. After determining if the arteries are suffering from plaque buildup, cardiologists can prescribe medication to thin the blood and reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream or do a procedure to unblock the artery. They can also offer diet and exercise recommendations to help patients further reduce their risk of future wounds, infections, and serious heart events.

Procedural Steps
During a peripheral angiogram , a catheter is inserted into an artery that releases dye into the bloodstream. This dye highlights the arteries in targeted regions, and if any blockages are present, they will show up on x-rays. This is an outpatient procedure.

Recovery Tips
Most peripheral angiogram patients can return home the same day as their procedures. However, many heart doctors may recommend that patients rest for the remainder of the day. Because the site at which the catheter is inserted might be sore, patients might also want to avoid rigorous activity in the days following their procedures.

Are you scheduled for an upcoming peripheral angiogram? If you have  more questions  about this safe and convenient procedure, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. The associates at our Glendale or Peoria clinic can explain your test in further detail and discuss the preliminary measures you may need to take before undergoing it. 

Cardiac Solutions’ Heart Failure Management Clinic

Heart failure is a serious health condition, but with the right tools and proper management, you can effectively manage your symptoms and enjoy a very satisfied life.  Cardiac Solutions offers a Heart Failure Program for the residents of Glendale, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Avondale, and the surrounding communities. Our Heart Failure Program is a multifaceted service that focuses on teaching each heart failure patient how to manage his or her condition with a combination of healthy lifestyle habits, education for both the patient and their caregiver as well as manage medications. Your diet can directly impact the severity of your heart failure, so our Heart Failure Program offers information about what foods can help or hurt cardiac health. Our clinicians also manage heart failure medications very closely.

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Heart failure  doesn’t have to impede your quality of life. Let Cardiac Solutions in Peoria give you the tools you need to keep your heart failure under control. For more information on our Heart Failure Program, call (623) 208-5305 today.

Clinical Programs Available at Cardiac Solutions

Cardiac Solutions makes it easy for the residents of Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, Sun City and Sun City West to manage their cardiac conditions and promote their best heart health. For the convenience and care of our patients, we offer several clinical programs aimed at educating participants and their caregivers on how to control / reduce common heart-related problems. Here are just a few we offer at our different locations. Our programs and clinics teach individuals about the diagnosis, actions to take to avoid hospitalizations and serious cardiac problems in the future so they can have a better outcome and enjoy the things they like to do.  You can find out more below.

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Anticoagulation Management Program
Heart attacks and strokes often arise as the result of clots that prevent blood from reaching the heart or brain. To alleviate the risk of blood clots, heart doctors might prescribe anticoagulants, which are drugs that thin the blood for prevent these blood clots. They also may prescribe them for an irregular heartbeat.  As important as these medications can be to overall health, patients must take special care when taking them for their. Our anticoagulation management program helps participants learn more about how these drugs work, why they are taking it and what safety precautions to take when using the drug as well as the management of the drug.

Cholesterol Management Program
High cholesterol is a common risk factor for many and can be an issue for heart-related conditions, including  heart attacks . It is possible to prevent or reduce high cholesterol by following healthy lifestyle habits. The cholesterol management program at Cardiac Solutions can help participants learn how their diet and exercise regimens can lessen their risk of high cholesterol. Our program can also inform patients about how to use cholesterol management medication to stabilize their condition.

Implantable Device Clinic
Individuals with some heart conditions and with serious heart arrhythmias may undergo treatment that uses a pacemaker or defibrillator to control the rate at which the heart beats. Though these devices prove integral to the health of those with arrhythmias and heart problems, heart doctors must regularly assess their functionality for the health and safety of the patients. Our implantable device clinic allows our cardiologists to monitor the health statuses of our pacemaker and defibrillator patients..

Would you like to  learn more  about our clinical programs? If so, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to address your questions and concerns.

Understanding Anticoagulant Therapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

If your cardiologist has ever recommended that you take aspirin every day to help reduce the risk of a heart attack, you may already know a little bit about anticoagulant therapy. Anticoagulants are medications that treat and prevent blood clots by preventing platelets from sticking together. Though clotting can be a useful function, blood clots can also cause problems. A stroke occurs when there is a clot that prevents blood from flowing to the brain, while a heart attack can happen when a clot stops the normal flow of blood to the heart. If your cardiologist has you on anticoagulant therapy, it is essential to understand what you can and cannot do during this treatment, as even minor injuries could result in internal bleeding when you are taking anticoagulants. Explore this infographic from the Phoenix cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions to learn more about anticoagulant therapy. Please share with your friends and family. 

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How Diabetes Affects Your Heart

Heart disease is the most prevalent cause of death in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk for it, but research indicates that individuals with diabetes are particularly at risk.

Diabetes is a metabolic condition, but it often develops in conjunction with or because of a heart issue. Studies show that hypertension, or high blood pressure, often occurs alongside diabetes. As a result, it becomes more difficult for the arteries to stay strong and flexible enough to pump blood throughout the body. Research also points to a strong relationship between diabetes and high cholesterol. Like hypertension, high cholesterol can deteriorate arterial health.

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Are you a diabetes sufferer? Have you also been diagnosed with hypertension or high cholesterol? If so, call  Cardiac Solutions  in Glendale today at (623) 208-5305. Our team of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can see to it that you enjoy your best heart health despite your diabetes diagnosis. 

Preventing Peripheral Artery Disease

Do you suffer from calf pain when you walk? This type of discomfort is one warning sign of peripheral artery disease. Many people are familiar with coronary artery disease, which involves the accumulation of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. However, plaque buildup can also occur in the extremities. When fat and cholesterol collect in the arteries that provide blood to the legs, it is called peripheral artery disease. As with many other types of heart disease, though, cardiologists note that you can largely prevent peripheral artery disease with healthy lifestyle habits. Continue reading to find out more.

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Wholesome Diet
Heart health begins with the foods you eat. If you avoid consuming meals and snacks that are high in fat and cholesterol, those substances cannot accumulate in your bloodstream. In many cases, processed and commercially baked goods contain excessive amounts of fat and cholesterol, making them poor choices for your heart health. You can create a diet plan that supports your heart health by incorporating plenty of low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Physical Activity
Exercise is another fundamental component to enjoying  strong and healthy cardiovascular function . Physical activity can help to prevent peripheral artery disease in several ways. For one, working out can remove unhealthy cholesterol from your bloodstream. Two, it can lower your risk of obesity, which is a key risk factor for peripheral artery disease.

Smoking Cessation
The use of tobacco products is usually associated with poor respiratory function, but smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes can also deteriorate your cardiovascular function. That is why heart doctors strongly urge patients to stop all tobacco use to help prevent peripheral artery disease. If you find it difficult to quit smoking on your own, talk to a cardiologist. He can likely recommend cessation programs in your neighborhood.

If you suffer from peripheral artery disease,  Cardiac Solutions  can help. To speak with one of our heart clinic associates in Glendale or Peoria, call (623) 208-5305. You can also go to our website for more information on the causes and risk factors of peripheral artery disease.

Identifying Heart-Friendly Fruits

Heart doctors often recommend a fruit-rich diet to support healthy heart function. As this video reports, to cultivate heart-friendly eating habits, all you need to do is remember the color red.

Red is not only the color that most people associate with the heart—it also happens to be the color of many fruits that can enhance heart health. When shopping in your produce section, look for dark red fruits such as cherries, tomatoes, grapes, and watermelon. These fruits contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals that can protect the heart and vascular system from damage.

Prevention is key to heart health. To find out more about what you can do to protect your cardiac health, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. You can also visit our website for information on our  heart clinics  in Glendale and Peoria. 

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An Overview of Angioplasty and Stent Placement

Heart doctors often caution individuals against the dangers of eating a high-cholesterol and high-fat diet—these substances can cause the accumulation of plaque on the arterial walls. This condition can also put people at risk for any number of problems, including heart attacks, strokes, and chronic skin wounds. To alleviate the buildup of plaque in the arteries, cardiologists may recommend angioplasty and stent placement.

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Why Patients Need Angioplasty and Stent Placement
Maintaining nutritious eating habits and getting consistent physical activity are the best ways to  prevent plaque accumulation on the arterial walls . When too much plaque builds up in the arteries, it can raise the risk of a future heart attack or stroke. Even with modified lifestyle habits, however, heart doctors might determine that more extensive measures are necessary to prevent serious health complications. In such cases, angioplasty and stent placement might be the ideal treatment option.

How Angioplasty and Stent Placement Work
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that introduces a small catheter into the artery affected by plaque buildup. Using x-ray imagery, a heart doctor can guide the catheter to where the accumulation presents the greatest risk of blockage. There, he can inflate a small balloon attached to the catheter that widens the artery. To ensure that the artery has enough room to move oxygenated blood throughout the body, he may also insert a stent, which reinforces the newly opened artery with a mesh lining.

What Benefits Angioplasty and Stent Placement Can Provide
Angioplasty and stent placement can provide substantial health benefits with minimal health risks. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, many people who undergo it can return home the day of their treatment. More importantly, angioplasty and stent placement can greatly reduce the danger of a future heart attack or stroke. By giving the affected artery the space it needs to supply blood to the heart, this procedure can minimize the risk of a future cardiac event.

Is angioplasty and stent placement the right treatment option for you? Talk to the heart doctors at Cardiac Solutions to learn more about this comfortable and effective procedure. To  set up a consultation  at our Glendale or Peoria offices, call (623) 208-5305.

Foods to Enhance Heart Health

The foods you keep in your refrigerator and pantry can help you fight off heart disease. This video discusses the foods that can harm and ones to improve your cardiac health.

Sodium, cholesterol, and fat can increase your risk of hypertension and arterial plaque buildup, which contribute to heart disease. To help avoid these problems, reduce the amount of foods containing these in your diet. Watch this full video clip to find out what foods you should eat instead to support your heart health.

Would you like to find out more about cardiac wellness? Call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our heart doctors in Peoria and Glendale can help you create a heart-friendly eating plan.