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HealthDay, April 30, 2018

Among heart failure patients, black people are much less likely than white people to have their care overseen by a cardiologist, according to a new study led by Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS. Previous research has shown that receiving care primarily from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates for heart failure patients. In the new study, white patients were 40 percent more likely than black patients to receive primary care from a cardiologist, the findings showed. Black men were 50 percent less likely than white men to do so, and black women were 30 percent less likely than white women.

Healthy Dose, April 30, 2018

Very few physicians or patients enter an exam or hospital room with the intent of racially alienating the other person in the room, but research demonstrates that minority populations, particularly African American and Hispanic patients, receive unequal care compared to white patients. Dr. Khadijah Breathett discusses findings published in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, March 5, 2018.

Healthy Dose

Total artificial hearts have advanced from relying on power sources the size of washing machines to ones that fit in a backpack, giving patients the opportunity to enjoy life at home participating in normal activities. Getting even smaller, advances in ventricular assist devices (VADs – heart pumps that support part of the heart muscle) are giving a growing number of patients new options for living well with advanced heart failure. Further, implantable monitoring devices also improve quality-of-life for advanced heart disease patient care.

Reuters Health

“The availability of advanced forms of care varies by time of day,” said Dr. Julia Indik, author of an accompanying editorial and a professor at the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. While patients and families can’t control when a cardiac arrest might happen, they can help survival odds by making sure hospital staff have as much information as possible about the patient,” Indik said.

November 2017, e-Newsletter


EurekaAlert, AHA News Release, Nov. 7, 2017

"The 2017 Focused Updates validate what we already know about performing CPR and offer a scientific basis for optimizing CPR quality to save more lives," said Karl Kern, M.D., chair of the Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson's Sarver Heart Center. "It's critically important to translate new science to bedside care as quickly as possible, especially as the amount of scientific research available is growing rapidly."

AZPM News, Oct. 12, 2017

During recovery, some heart bypass patients say they're unable to concentrate on tasks, others report a rash of poor decision-making and some complain of general mental fatigue. University of Arizona researchers are looking at the issue from different directions: cardiology and neuroscience.

MedPage Today, Sept. 11, 2017

"With an impending obesity epidemic, examination of specific cardiovascular disease outcomes in this way is timely and highly significant," Jennifer Bea and Nancy Sweitzer maintained, calling the study "pivotal." "It is the largest and most conclusive examination of the association between metabolic and body habitus phenotypes and cardiovascular disease outcomes to date," they noted.

MedPage Today, Aug. 31, 2017

European Society of Cardiology risk prediction calculator separates high- and low-risk patients. Nancy Sweitzer, MD, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, said the guideline algorithm identifies a group with substantially elevated risk for sudden cardiac death, which is important for patients that are young, as the complications associated with an ICD at a young age are significant.


UA News, 8/31/17

A clinical trial, led by Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, will look at whether a naturally occurring compound, known as angiotensin 1-7, relieves cognitive deficits after heart bypass. The UA collaborators include a cardiologist, a physiologist and a psychologist.

Lo Que Pasa UA@Work, 8/15/17

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer takes care of patients with advanced heart disease, some who need transplants, some who already have had them, and many who need medications and sometimes implanted devices to mitigate their symptoms and improve their quality of life. "I think I have the best job imaginable. I love being a cardiologist. I feel like this is what I was meant to do."

CBS News 5, Phoenix, July 24, 2017

Medical scientists call this cutting edge technology a "band aid for the broken heart." A piece of mesh covered with living heart tissue is placed over a failing heart and regenerates heart cells. The hope is the patient would never have to have a transplant.

Sarver Heart Center Newsletter, Summer 2017

One of the rewards of celebrating a milestone anniversary during the past year has been the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on the thousands of donors who have supported the Sarver Heart Center during our first 30 years. We also are grateful for the many who continue to support our mission as we begin the next 30 years.

ESPN, June 11, 2017

Craig Cunningham, a minor league hockey player with the Tucson Coyotes, suffered a suddwen cardiac arrest on the ice. Following an infection that set in following ECMO, Cunningham recalls the decision to amputate his leg. Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Sarver Heart Center member, led the team that provided Cunningham's lifesaving care.

Science Daily, June 5, 2017

Social jet lag, which occurs when you go to bed and wake up later on weekends than during the week, is associated with poorer health, worse mood, and increased sleepiness and fatigue. Each hour of social jet lag also is associated with an 11-percent increase in the likelihood of heart disease.

Green Valley News, May 17, 2017

Anyone who has experienced a cardiac event or seen a loved one suffering through one knows the agony of waiting for paramedics. Two University of Arizona Cardiologists, Dr. Marvin Slepian and Dr. Karl Kern, believe every community should have an extra layer of reaction and protection when it comes to cardiac events.


Arizona Daily Star, May 10, 2017

Repairing beating human hearts with living patches is the aim of Avery Therapeutics, a startup company founded on technology developed by University of Arizona researchers. Avery was co-founded in 2014 by cardiologist Dr. Steve Goldman of the UA’s Sarver Heart Center and Jordan Lancaster, who earned his UA doctorate in physiology while working in Goldman’s lab.

UAHS Healthy Dose, Apr. 15, 2017

As an African American woman, Wanda Moore is aware that she is in one of the highest-risk groups for dying from heart disease but her non-inherited risk factors are manageable.



Lo Que Pasa UA@Work, 3/21/17

As a mentor to Ikeotunye "Ike" Royal Chinyere, Dr. Elizabeth Juneman give a lot of credit to the cardiologist who mentored her - Dr. Steve Goldman. "To collaborate effectively, students must see that research is a team effort; this is not a hierarchical lab. This is a group of labs that work together to accomplish a common goal," Juneman said.

BizTucson, March 14, 2017

Wanda Moore, Sarver Heart Center board member, women's committee member and chair of the Minority Outreach Program, is honored by the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona for pursuing her passion." My greatest passion right now is working with women and girls in under-served populations. I go out and encourage them to do preventative health things," said Moore.

Tucson News Now, March 9, 2017

Dr. Marvin J. Slepian explains how scientists are developing sensors that can monitor patients from home, detect the heartbeat, breathing, perspiration, temperature, and even motion, then send it to the cloud or to a cell phone.



Arizona Engineer, University of Arizona College of Engineering, March 6, 2017

University of Arizona electrical and computer engineers are collaborating with Cardiologist Peter Ott, MD, associate professor of medicine, to develop technologies to better detect malware in pacemakers and other life-critical devices.

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Huffington Post, Feb. 23, 2017

It isn't just the amount of time you sleep, but the amount of light you get, when you eat and exercise, how much you socialize and how tired you feel when you go to bed--all are sleep rules you need to adjust for healthy sleep, according to Michael Grandner, PhD, a Sarver Heart Center member who is assistant professor and director of the Sleep and Health Research Program and the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the University of Arizona.

Arizona Daily Star, Feb. 20, 2017

The Steven M. Gootter Foundation has raised more than $4 million to provide education, research and prevention for sudden cardiac death. At the UA Sarver Heart Center, the Gootter Foundation has supported an endowed chair for sudden cardiac death research, Sarver Heart Center Grand Rounds Visiting Professorships and the Resuscitation Research Laboratory.

UAHS Healthy Dose, Feb. 3, 2017

When it comes to decisions of the heart, February can be a complicated month. Do you follow your heart health and stick to your mostly whole food, plant-based diet – or do you feel pulled in the direction of the heart-shaped Valentine chocolate boxes? Dr. Charles Katzenberg offers advice to help you strike a balance.


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New Method for Healing Hearts
Yuma News Now, Sept. 29, 2014

In a cutting-edge new clinical trial, the University of Arizona's Dr. Zain Khalpey is using tissue from the human placenta to help heal hearts after surgery. Dr. Khalpey is the UA Sarver Heart Center's Marnell Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Talking to Your Doctor About Atrial Fibrillation
KGUN9 News, Sept. 29, 2014

Julia Indik, MD, PhD, a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology at the UA Sarver Heart Center talks about atrial fibrillation, along with Judy Barnett who has the heart condition.

Probiotics: Moderate Impact on BP?
MedPage Today, July 23, 2014
Supplement is the key word, since the blood pressure lowering was "minor," commented Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tuscon.