Thinking from the Heart: How to Protect the Brain in Patients with Heart Disease

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Speakers: Lee Ryan, PhD, professor and department chair, UA College of Science Psychology Department, and Nancy K. Sweitzer MD, PhD, professor and chief of cardiology, and director of the UA Sarver Heart Center.


Topic:  Thinking from the Heart: How to Protect the Brain in Patients with Heart Disease

Cognitive impairment is too often one of the unwanted long-term side effects of advanced heart disease, affecting about 68 percent of people with heart failure. After bypass surgery, about half of patients also experience cognitive impairment.

Research shows that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. This includes lifestyle choices, such as a mostly plant-based Mediterranean Diet, exercise and life-long learning. Research also cites well-controlled blood pressure as a way to protect the brain. There’s so much more we don’t understand. Research is underway to obtain a greater understanding of the role of impaired heart function and associated inflammation in cognitive function and how doctors can manage an individual’s heart condition and protect the brain.

Event Series: 
Sarver Heart Center 30th Anniversary Community Lecture Series
December 14, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Event Address: 
1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
Event Location: 
Room 5403, Banner-UMC Tucson

Tickets for the Event: Prior registration is required, however it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket to the lecture. This is a free event.  Click here to register.

Parking Information:  Guests may park in the Banner - UMC Tucson Visitor/Patient Parking Garage for this event.  As you exit the garage, please tell the parking attendant that you attended the "Sarver Heart Center lecture" for a free exit. Parking in University of Arizona lots adjacent to the hospital is free after 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Information Tables and Chest-Compression-Only CPR Training will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a sign language interpreter or accommodations for a disability, please contact Jennifer Bunger at or (520) 626-2901. 

For a list of all 30th Anniversary Community Lectures, click here.