Healthy Heart A-Z 2016


During National Heart Month, the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center shared heart health information from our experts. Below is access to all of our tips. 

A: Atrial Fibrillation This common heart rhythm abnormality affects approximately 2-3 million Americans. Learn more about A-Fib, treatment, and how to prevent it.

B: Blood Pressure known as the “silent killer” – often goes without symptoms. Know your blood pressure and other numbers to prevent heart disease and stroke.

C: Check..Call..Compress Every day nearly 1,000 people die from sudden cardiac arres in the United States alone. By using the resources on this page, you can learn to double a person's chances of survival.

D: Diabetes Approximately 29.3 million peple in the United States have Diabetes. Learn more on how to eat, exercise, and manage blood sugar levels. 

E: Electrical Heart In atrial fibrillation, the heart rate tends to be fast and irregular; thus the patient often complains about heart palpitations, racing, or skipping sensations.

F: Five Ways to Reduce Heart Attack Risk A Swedish study showed that men who did these five things reduced their heart attack risk by 80 percent.

G: Giving The support given to the Sarver Heart center has allowed us to provide community education and will continue to help us as we work towards our 10 Year plan. Learn more about our vision.

H: Heart Failure About 5 million people in the United States have heart failure and about 550,000 are diagnosed for the first time each year.
I: Imaging Imaging helps diagnosis and guides procedures for a variety of heart conditions.
J: Just Move! Charles Katzenberg, MD, a cardiologist with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, emphasizes a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, community engagement and stress management, as the best prevention against heart disease.
K: Vitamin K....If you’re on warfarin, you don’t have to avoid green vegetables that are rich in Vitamin K; just try to eat them regularly, for example one to two servings a day. Eating these nutrients regularly will not interfere with your INR monitoring
L: Lipids Abnormal or high blood lipids (fats) are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Your blood lipids include the LDL (bad cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides.
M: Myopathies of the Heart-Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathies are the most common genetic cause of sudden cardiac death in young people.
N: Nicotine- You can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 36% if you don't smoke.
O: Obesity – move as much as possible toward a plant-based diet. 
P: Pacemakers -When the slow heart beat cannot be improved by medication adjustments, a pacemaker is needed. Read about this and other heart rhythm therapies 
Q: Quick Test Assess you risk of a heart attack with this short and simple questionnaire.
R: Regulating Rhythm-Learn about the electrical heart, including normal, slow and fast rhythms, and how heart rhythms are diagnosed and treated.
S: Stroke-  Can you recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Recognizing these symptoms could help you act F.A.S.T
T: TAVR-The Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center offers a minimally invasive catheter-based treatment option for patients who are considered too ill to survive open-heart surgery to replace aortic valves affected by severe aortic stenosis.

U: Unsaturated vs. Saturated Fats- Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil as well as man foods. These help to lower the risk of heart disease by reducing high cholesterol levels. Meanwhile, saturated fats, found in many animal products, raise the blood choleserol levels and lower the amounts of healthy HDL in the blood. 

V: Ventricular Fibrillation- The most common reason for a sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation, an arrhythmia that disrupts the heart’s ability to beat and pump blood. While chest-compression-only CPR pumps blood to the brain and other organs, a shock from an AED (automated external defibrillator) is necessary to restore the heartbeat if the device detects a “shockable” rhythm. Lean more on how to use an AED and possibly save a life.
W: Women and Heart Disease- While cardiovascular diseases in men and women share many similarities, there are distincions requiring different diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.Learn more about the specifics of how heart disease affects women.
X: X-rays and other forms of cardiac imaging are used regularly to help diagnose heart conditions and guide treatment options, particularly minimally invasive procedures done in the catheterization lab.
Y: Yo Puedo Ayudar! (I can help!) Here is a link to our spanish resources, including our CPR information. Learn how you can help save a life.
Z: Catch Some ZZZ's- Racial and ethnic minorities, especially African Americans, are more likely to sleep six or fewer hours each night and to suffer the adverse health outcomes of insufficient sleep, according to the 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America, released Friday by the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.