Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in both men and women. Learn more about what you can do to prevent heart disease, strokes and diabetes — cardiovascular diseases that are leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

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Be aware of "Early Heart Attack Care." Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in over 50 percent of patients. If recognized in time these “beginnings” can be treated before the heart is damaged.
Complete this risk assessment from the HeartSeries.org.
A Swedish study showed that men who did these five things reduced their heart risk by 80 percent.

Top 10 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
Understand your risks and take charge of factors you can control.

Know Your Numbers
Control and treat blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides to keep your heart healthy.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Dr. Charles Katzenberg's "Healthy Dose" blogpost helps decipher the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Women & Heart Disease
Learn how heart disease affects women differently than men.

Aspirin Therapy
Does daily aspirin therapy prevent cardiovascular disease?

Advanced Heart Disease

Do Your Part, Know Your Heart - Heart Failure Awareness Week 2017

Learn about heart failure, risk factors, diagnostics and managing this condition.

Advanced Heart Disease: Failure is not an option
Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump or fill with adequate blood, forcing the heart to work harder to deliver blood to the body. Also called congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, fluid on the lungs or ventricular dysfunction.

Meet Our Advanced Heart Disease Physician Team

The Advanced Heart Disease and Mechanical Circulatory Support team provides patient care primarily at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson. These physicians specialize in caring for patients with heart failure, particularly  people who experience persistent symptoms despite medical therapy. They also have expertise treating advanced heart disease patients with pulmonary hypertension, liver and kidney complications.

Avoid Heart Failure
From Stage A through D, don't pass Stage A!

Powerful Artificial Hearts
Dominic Alexander, senior clinical engineer in Banner - University Medical Center Tucson's Artificial Heart Department, delivers a TEDx talk on the power of the total artificial heart.

For more information about heart failure, visit the Heart Failure Society's patient education modules.

Heart Rhythm Disorders

There are multiple electrophysiology procedures available for heart rhythm complications. Learn how heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial fibrillation, brachycardia (slow heart rhythms) and tachycardia (fast heart rhythms) are diagnosed and treated.

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Thanks to Arizona Telemedicine for this video of Dr. Peter Ott's Lecture on Atrial Fibrillation.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The TAVR procedure is 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. In this condition, the valve does not open properly and blood cannot leave the heart chambers to get out to the rest of the body.

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Understanding the Genetics of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic cause of sudden cardiac death in individuals under age 40. Jil C. Tardiff, MD, PhD, who has expertise in both basic research and clinical, uses her genetic expertise to advise families who carry  this inherited condition of the heart that occurs in approximately one in 500 people.

Screening Athletes to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Guidelines for screening athletes who may be at risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


Lowering the Risks of Stroke in Women and Men
Learn how stroke affects women, men and ethnic groups differently.

Recognizing Stroke Symptoms
Sudden is a key word in recognizing stroke symptoms. Know how to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms.

Stroke Support Group
Join other stroke survivors and caregivers at a stroke support group.


Controlling Diabetes
Tips for eating, exercising and monitoring your blood sugar.

Visit Healthy Hearts A-Z 2016  For a recap of Sarver Heart Center's recent updates on heart health information.

New Prevention Articles and Inspiring Stories

Advanced 3D Imaging
Early Detection and Guides Mitral Valve Repiars 

New Endowed Chair Fulfills Dream
Scott Klewer, MD fufills dream of congenital heart disease program for adults.

To research other heart and vascular disease topics, visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Health Information for the Public

For physician appointment information, please call 520-MyHeart (694-3278).

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