• A Brief Look at Pacemakers

    A heart arrhythmia is a manageable condition. In many cases, cardiologists will look to the least invasive treatment options, such as lifestyle changes or medications. However, some patients do not respond to these measures. When more conservative treatments fail to alleviate an irregular heartbeat, the implantation of a pacemaker might be the next choice.

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    A pacemaker is a device that can regulate the heart’s beating pattern. By generating electrical impulses that control heart contractions, a pacemaker can eliminate an arrhythmia. A pacemaker can prove integral to alleviating the risk of many arrhythmia-related problems, such as shortness of breath, chronic exhaustion, and even heart failure. Depending on the demands of the battery contained in the device, a pacemaker may last for up to a decade before needing replacement.

    Do you have more questions about  pacemakers ? If so, talk to the cardiology experts at Cardiac Solutions. Call us today at (623) 208-5305 to schedule a consultation with a heart doctor at one of our heart clinics in the Phoenix and Peoria area.

  • Congestive Heart Failure: Which Lab Tests Are Important?

    An accurate diagnosis is imperative when a patient is experiencing heart issues. For this reason, a cardiologist might order several diagnostic procedures to collect as much information as possible about a person’s condition. These tests can provide a comprehensive look at how the heart works. Congestive heart failure , a condition that diminishes the heart’s ability to supply oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, may require one or more of the following diagnostic procedures:

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    Stress Test                                                     
    When under stress, a healthy heart increases its pumping rate so that it can send out a greater amount of oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood. However, because congestive heart failure can reduce the  heart’s pumping capacity , it may adversely affect its ability to supply more blood to the body when active. A stress test can monitor how the heart reacts when the body is in motion. During this procedure, the patient may be asked to walk, jog, or bike as the medical team observes his or her heart activity.

    Electrocardiogram
    The heart’s rhythm can impact how much blood it can move with each contraction. An irregular heartbeat can significantly alter heart activity, making it harder for this organ to supply the blood the body needs. An electrocardiogram can show cardiologists the pattern of a patient’s heart rate while at rest. This noninvasive test involves the application of electrodes to the patient’s chest that can compile and send information to an attached monitor, which shows the heartbeat in real time.

    Basic Metabolic Panel
    A basic metabolic panel offers one of the easiest ways for a heart doctor to gather information about a patient’s cardiac health. This test involves only the drawing of a blood sample from the patient for laboratory analysis. This analysis can break down the many components in the blood. If any irregularities are found, this may indicate the presence of congestive heart failure. For a more extensive evaluation, a cardiologist may recommend a comprehensive metabolic panel.

    If you have a heart condition,  Cardiac Solutions  has the staff and treatment services needed to successfully manage it. If you are suffering from the signs of congestive heart failure, such as fatigue and edema, don’t wait another day to schedule an evaluation at one of our five Phoenix-area heart clinics. Call (623) 208-5305 today to speak with one of our friendly associates. 

  • Get to Know the Basics of Circulation

    To perform well, your cells require a constant supply of oxygen. This video demonstrates how the heart enables the rest of your body to survive and thrive.

    Your health depends on your blood circulation. Nutrient-depleted blood makes its way to the heart, where it is then sent to the lungs to receive oxygen. The blood returns to the heart, which pushes it out to the arteries. Not only does the heart need to move an adequate supply of blood with each contraction, but it also must pump blood at a regular rate so that the cells are never lacking the oxygen they need for optimal function.

    Cardiac Solutions offers a range of cardiology services for the residents of Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment with a  heart doctor , call (623) 208-5305 today.

  • Your Heart Health by the Numbers

    Eating nutritious meals and exercising regularly are essential aspects of maintaining your heart health. It’s also important to know a few key numbers when it comes to warding off heart disease. These figures can reveal undiagnosed problems that may eventually cause serious issues, so be sure to consult with a heart doctor on a regular basis about your heart health.

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    Monitoring Your Waist
    Many people know that excessive weight can contribute to heart disease. However, some might be surprised to learn that weight gained in certain areas can prove especially dangerous to cardiac wellness. In particular, your waist circumference can highlight the potential for future heart issues. For this reason, cardiologists recommend sticking to healthy  lifestyle habits to maintain a healthy weight  and a trim waistline.

    Controlling Your Cholesterol
    Cholesterol is an essential substance for complete wellness, but in many cases, people consume far more of it than they need. When too much low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, is present in the bloodstream, it can begin to adhere to the arterial walls and reduce the amount of room that blood has to travel throughout the body. That is why controlling your cholesterol is integral to your health. When cholesterol levels are left high for too long, this can contribute to the formation of blood clots that can cut off blood to the brain or heart.

    Managing Your Blood Pressure
    Your circulatory system requires a certain level of pressure so that blood can travel to every part of the body that needs it. When this pressure exceeds normal levels, though, it can result in the deterioration of the blood vessels. Unfortunately, high blood pressure shows no noticeable symptoms, so it can develop and persist for years without diagnosis unless frequent readings are taken. To ensure that your blood pressure is not inadvertently contributing to a weakened circulatory system, have it checked regularly by a heart doctor.

    Are you worried that your heart numbers are too high? Let Cardiac Solutions help you regain control of your heart health. To  set up an appointment  with one of our heart doctors, call (623) 208-5305. Our team of cardiologists in Glendale, Avondale, Peoria, and Sun City West can safely and effectively treat a wide range of heart-related conditions.

  • How Quickly Does Giving Up Smoking Help Your Heart?

    Not only does smoking contribute to a higher risk of lung cancer, but it can also lead to serious cardiovascular problems. However, after just a single day without a cigarette, you can begin to undo the damage that smoking has done to your heart.

    Smoking negatively affects heart rate and blood pressure. Studies show, though, that in as little as 20 minutes after having your final cigarette, your heart rate begins to stabilize. In just 120 minutes, your blood pressure can also return to a healthier range. The advantages of not smoking only increase the longer you go without having another cigarette. One aspect that some smokers may overlook is how their habit can impact the oxygenation of their blood. After just half of a day, the blood supply becomes more oxygen-rich, as blood cells can once again attach to oxygen instead of the carbon monoxide that smoking brings into the body.

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    Are you living your best heart-healthy life? Cardiac Solutions in Peoria and Glendale can help you keep your heart strong and disease-free. For more information on the services that our  heart clinic  provides, call (623) 208-5305.

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  • How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Heart

    Finding out that you have high blood pressure , or hypertension, can be an unsettling experience. However, it can also provide the chance to make improvements to your everyday life that will better both your heart and your overall health. Though high blood pressure generally causes no symptoms, it can have very serious ramifications on your cardiovascular wellness. Without immediate treatment and consistent supervision of your blood pressure, this issue can put you at risk for several life-threatening conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Continue reading to find out more.

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    Weakened Heart Tissues
    Because high blood pressure presents no warning signs, it can be mistaken for an inconsequential condition. However, hypertension can cause severe  damage to your entire circulatory system . When the pressure in arteries and veins is high, they will try to accommodate by stretching their interior walls. These excessive forces, when present over an extended period of time, can eventually lead to weakened blood vessels. Some arteries or veins may suffer so much damage that they actually burst open. The heart is also susceptible to this constant pressure, which can leave the heart tissues less elastic and durable.

    Clogged Heart Valves
    Damage to the blood vessels can bring about another problem. When the arteries and veins deteriorate from too much pressure, they can incur small tears in their walls. These tears provide a space for fat and cholesterol, or plaque, to collect. The longer plaque is able build up inside the blood vessels, the greater the chance that the blood inside them will coagulate becomes. When fat and cholesterol accumulate in the heart and cause coronary heart disease, it can raise the danger of a clot forming that may block blood flow. This condition can increase the likelihood of a heart attack, which quickly kills heart cells and can cause permanent heart damage.

    Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Cardiac Solutions can help. To get the help you need to bring your hypertension under control, call (623) 208-5305. You can also visit our website to  learn more  about the cardiology services that our Glendale, Peoria, Sun City West, and Avondale heart clinics offer for residents of the Phoenix area. 

  • Understanding the Cryoablation Procedure

    Do you suffer from a heart arrhythmia? For this condition, your cardiologist might recommend a procedure called cryoablation. This video demonstrates how cryoablation works.

    To access the tissues of the heart that are causing abnormal contractions, a heart doctor must first insert a small catheter into the heart valves. This catheter contains a balloon that inflates to block off the valve undergoing treatment. This device can then destroy the cells contributing to the arrhythmia by freezing them. Several cryoablation rounds may be needed before the heart returns to a normal beating pattern.

    Without treatment, a heart  arrhythmia  can heighten the risk of stroke. To learn more about how cryoablation can correct abnormal contractions, call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305. Our heart clinics serve the residents of Avondale, Sun City West, Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, and beyond.