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News clips covering UA Sarver Heart Center
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.
In a spirited session at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting Milton Packer, MD, of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, of the University of Arizona in Tucson debated whether every ambulatory patient with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) tolerating moderate dose of an ACE inhibitor (ACEI) or angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) should, or should not, be switched to the angiotensin-receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNI) sacubitril/valsartan.
“I think it’s a circulatory issue. It’s a reminder to me when I’m getting cold to get up and move. Usually circulation comes back and I’m fine. I never have those white fingers that you see in Raynaud’s, I’m just cold,” says Martha Gulati, chief of cardiology at Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix and Sarver Heart Center member from the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix.
Does the heart skip a beat when you sneeze? Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, chief of cardiology, explains: "The electrical activity of the heart is constant through a sneeze, but the mechanical 'pumping' may be reduced in force, particularly during a forceful sneeze."
Scott Lick, MD, professor of surgery and director of the heart and lung transplant programs, provides an update on the transplant and artificial heart programs at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson.
Recent data has shown markedly improved outcomes with use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at youth and college sporting events. In 2013, as AEDs became more available, the survival rate reached a remarkable 71 percent, with AEDs used in 85 percent of sudden cardiac arrest cases.
“Due to a number of factors, including lack of awareness, often women don’t recognize their symptoms as heart disease,” said Dr. Anne Rosenfeld, a member of the UA Sarver Heart Center. “As a result, women frequently delay seeking help, and when they do, they report difficulty receiving a correct diagnosis because health-care professionals also don’t recognize their symptoms as heart disease.”
The implementation of a Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (TCPR) program increases survival rates and favorable outcomes for patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine study published online in JAMA Cardiology.
A patch for a beating heart, an underwater adhesive and a new kind of needle for laparoscopic surgery are among the technologies the University of Arizona is nurturing toward the marketplace. UA Sarver Heart Center cardiologist Dr. Steven Goldman, who invented a new method for transplanting living cells to repair diseased hearts in what’s been called a “beating heart patch” has his eyes set on a startup.
“Compression only for primary cardiac arrest, where the heart stops, and it's a heart problem. But, for near-drowning or drowning victims, we recommend ventilation, and then the compression in the standard ratio,” Dr. Art Sanders told Kristi’s Kids.
When it comes to promoting healthy hearts, it's not a matter of getting more sleep. It's a matter of getting adequate sleep at optimal times. Michael Grandner, PhD, is a co-investigator on the study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
The problem isn’t entirely that people don’t want to sleep. A lot of times it’s that people can’t sleep. What we need to do is understand the social and environmental context in which sleep exists so we can understand what to do and how to solve this problem instead of just pretending that this is an issue of personal choice, said Michael Grandner, PhD, psychologist and sleep expert.
This Times Video recaps the history of the total artificial heart, including commentary by our own Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, (left) associate professor of surgery, cardiothoracic division, and the Sarver Heart Center's Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery. Pictured with cardiologist Marvin Slepian, MD.
Elizabeth Juneman, MD, associate professor of medicine and heart failure specialist, outlines how the chronic condition of heart failure can be managed to help people live their lives and feel better. Exercise, healthy eating, medications and sometimes surgery are all options that contribute to better quality of life.
Although survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital are extremely low in most places, emergency physicians propose three interventions to improve survival rates and functional outcomes in any community and urge additional federal funding for cardiac resuscitation research in an editorial published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Marvin J. Slepian, MD, a cardiologist with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center is one of two of the University of Arizona’s most prolific inventors who have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
"I've heard so many stories how my heart looks and to actually have it in my hand to see a model was really neat," said Laura Batt, a pediatric cardiology patient. Sarver Heart Center member Michael Steckeler, MD, MSc, using a 3-D printer obtained through a Sarver Heart Center fund that supports pediatric cardiology education, converts CT images to 3-D models to teach patients, medical students and residents about congenital heart conditions.
When she was 5, growing up in New York City, Julia Indik wanted to be an astronaut – something a lot of kids want to be. But over time, her longing for space adventure evolved into a passion for math and physics, and that eventually led her to the UA College of Medicine, where she received her MD in 1996. Now, she's a cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week published significant findings in two studies noting improved patient outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims, influenced by bystander CPR interventions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Many of the CPR techniques discussed, including Chest Compression-Only Resuscitation (COCPR), were developed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson by UA Sarver Heart Center and UA emergency medicine physician-researchers.
“Dietitians are an important part of the care team,” says Charles Katzenberg, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. “Most physicians do not have the time, the knowledge, or the skill sets to successfully direct patients on heart-healthy dietary changes,” he says. However, a dietitian can spend the time to truly analyze a patient's current diet and make specific recommendations.
When Dr. Karl Kern isn't studying resuscitation science or caring for patients as a highly productive interventional cardiologist, you might find him fly fishing along some isolated riverway where he becomes "unplugged." Kern is now plugged in and conducting a clinical research study that could lead to further improvements in post-arrest survival.
Who really needs another LDL-lowering drug? Joseph Alpert, MD, of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center discusses groups that would stand to benefit and the potential for broader use.
Don’t freak out—but do consider your risks for these deadly diseases, and how to prevent them
About one in 500 people have some form of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes the walls of your heart muscle to thicken and lose their pumping power. Approximately 1 percent of people with the disorder die suddenly each year, usually because of a too-rapid heartbeat—and many of them are young and unaware they even have heart issues. Most cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are genetic, says Jil Tardiff, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, director of Sarver Heart Center, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine — Tucson, has made impactful strides in the field of medicine as well as the empowerment of women.
When asked what makes him different from his colleagues, Dr. Frank I. Marcus says with a smile, "Stubbornness and self-confidence, a combination of those two. Everyone encounters adverse blockages in their career, and when I've encountered these, I've said I am going to continue."
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.