• What to Expect at Our Heart Failure Clinic

    Nurse for Heart Failure Clinic If you’re living with congestive heart failure in Phoenix, the Heart Failure Clinic at Cardiac Solutions can help you learn to control your symptoms and improve your quality of life. What can you expect if your heart doctor refers you to the Heart Failure Clinic? Here is what you need to know.

    Clinic Purpose
    Being diagnosed with heart failure can feel overwhelming. The purpose of the Heart Failure Clinic is to arm patients with the information they need to proactively manage their heart disease. In order to take control of your heart failure, you will learn to recognize the warning signs of worsening problems so you can see your heart doctor to make changes to your treatment plan as needed. Being an active participant in your own care can make living with heart disease easier.

    Services Provided
    At the Heart Failure Clinic, you’ll have one-on-one sessions with a registered nurse to discuss your symptoms and treatments. You’ll also have access to on-site blood tests with the results immediately available and assistance with medication management. The Heart Failure Clinic also provides education on caring for yourself when you have heart failure, including guidance on dietary and fluid restrictions.

    Additional Classes
    Caring for someone with heart failure is often a family affair. Through the Heart Failure Clinic, patients and their families have access to classes to help them learn more about this kind of heart disease. Classes focus on topics such as lowering your dietary sodium, coping with the emotional impacts of heart failure, medications used for treating heart failure, and devices that can be useful for heart failure treatment.

    Heart failure is a serious condition, but you don’t have to face it alone. The cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions can provide the treatment you need to live a satisfying life while keeping your symptoms under control. Find out more about our treatments for a wide range of heart conditions by calling (623) 876-8816.

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  • How Do Pacemakers Work?

    Pacemaker If you have a heart arrhythmia, a pacemaker is one treatment option cardiologists may suggest. Pacemakers both monitor and control your heartbeat, helping you to avoid complications associated with arrhythmias while providing your heart doctor with valuable information.

    Pacemakers have three parts: a battery, a generator, and wires. The wires have sensors that are placed in different chambers of the heart. The pacemaker records your heartbeat and transmits that information to your physician. It also reacts when it identifies an abnormal heartbeat. If your heartbeat becomes abnormal, the pacemaker will send electrical pulses via the wires to each connected chamber of your heart. Your heart doctor can program your pacemaker specifically to your needs and make changes to that programming using an external device based on the information the pacemaker is recording.

    At Cardiac Solutions, our doctors can implant and manage pacemakers for a variety of heart conditions. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please call (623) 876-8816.

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  • EXPLORING THE TREATMENTS FOR PULMONARY HYPERTENSION

    Hypertension is a term that most people have heard, but pulmonary hypertension may not be as familiar. Pulmonary hypertension refers to a specific type of high blood pressure that impacts the arteries on the right side of the heart and in the lungs. This serious condition needs to be closely managed by your heart doctor near Phoenix to control your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Here is a look at some of the treatment options for this type of heart disease.

    Vasodilators
    Vasodilators are medications that open narrowed blood vessels. These drugs are commonly used for pulmonary hypertension. One type of vasodilator that your heart doctor may prescribe, epoprostenol, is continuously delivered under your skin via an IV catheter attached to a small pump. The pump can be worn in a pack on your belt or over your shoulder. Another common vasodilator, iloprost, is inhaled via a nebulizer every three hours. Like most medications, these medications can have side effects, some significant, so your doctor will closely monitor how the drugs affect you.

    Anticoagulants
    Anticoagulants discourage the formation of blood clots. These medications are taken orally, but it’s important to take them exactly how they are prescribed to avoid severe side effects. Anticoagulants also increase the risk of bleeding complications. If you take these medicines, your heart doctor will monitor their effectiveness with periodic blood tests.

    Diuretics
    Diuretics are oral medications that help to reduce the amount of excess fluid in your body. Eliminating fluid eases the amount of work your heart has to do. If you experience fluid build-up in your lungs, diuretics can also help with this.

    Pulmonary hypertension is among the many heart conditions that the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions treat. You can learn more about the care we provide in our heart clinic by calling (623) 876-8816.

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  • What to Expect from Inferior Vena Cava Vascular Filter Placement

    The job of the veins is to bring blood back to the heart to be pushed to the lungs to receive new oxygen and then return to the heart to be pushed out to disperse the oxygenated blood to the body. However, some individuals may be at risk for vein clots that could prove deadly if one of those travels to the heart, brain, or lungs. The inferior vena cava is a major vein in the lower body that moves blood from the legs to the heart. If a heart doctor near Phoenix has determined that you are in danger of thromboembolism—a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel—he may decide that an inferior vena cava vascular filter placement is necessary for your health.

    Steps
    Many procedures to stop or manage heart disease can be done without vascular surgery. Inferior vena cava vascular filter placement is a minimally invasive process that involves the use of a catheter rather than open surgery. Before this procedure begins, your heart doctor will see to it that you are comfortable and pain-free with the help of local anesthesia. Once you are ready for your filter placement, your physician can make a small incision to access a blood vessel. He can then introduce a catheter into this blood vessel that will eventually be moved into the interior vena cava. When the catheter is in place, your heart doctor can then position the filter. With the removal of the catheter, your procedure is complete. You may remain at the hospital until your heart doctor has determined that you are ready to go home.

    Benefits
    Many medications exist that can thin the blood and reduce the chances of clot formation. Yet these medications may not be enough for some heart disease sufferers. Inferior vena cava vascular filter placement provides an added measure of protection against thromboembolism – blood clot, a condition that is often fatal if a clot reaches one of the major organs. In many cases, the filter can remain in place indefinitely to ensure your continued health. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, inferior vena cava vascular filter placement normally requires only a short recovery time.

    Cardiac Solutions provides effective and convenient heart disease treatment options. If you would like to speak with someone about your upcoming procedure, call (623) 876-8816. Our website also provides additional information about our complete healthcare services.

  • What Are Blood Lipids?

    The prevention of heart conditions relies largely on your diet. Specifically, cardiologists near Phoenix caution against eating high amounts of fat and cholesterol because of the elevated blood lipid levels that can result from it.

    Blood lipids are the fatty elements in your bloodstream. Small amounts of these substances are necessary for overall health, but overly high levels can lead to serious cardiovascular problems. Cholesterol and fat tend to build up on the interior walls of the arteries. As the accumulation of these substances continues, the volume of blood that can move through the arteries decreases. Chronically high blood lipid levels can even cause coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease , which could led to a heart attack or stroke.

    Cardiac Solutions offers effective treatment options for heart conditions . Call (623) 876-8816 to schedule a heart doctor consultation. You can also visit our website for information on common heart problems and our services to address them.