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Does CPR Usually Bring People Around?
BBC News, Feb. 17, 2014
BBC News | The main function of CPR is not to jump start the heart, but to ensure that a person experiencing unexpected cardiac arrest can still get oxygen. Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, recently retired director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, and his team demonstrated in laboratory studies that chest compressions alone are just as effective as compressions with breaths.

Physician: Depression May Lead to Heart Disease, Vice Versa
Arizona Public Media, Feb. 12, 2014
Dr. Mackstaller, with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, speaks about the relationship between depression and heart disease, considering risk factors and how to take action.

Resuscitation Methods Developed in AZ Known Around Globe
Arizona Public Media, Feb. 11, 2014
Dr. Karl Kern, head of the Resuscitation Research Group, speaks about the research group and its development of new life saving techniques that are known around the world.


Genetic Studies of Heart Health in Cardiovascular Research
Arizona Public Media, Feb. 11, 2014
About one out of every 500 people, according to the American Heart Association, have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, HCM, which is a disorder in which the heart muscle thickens, causing problems with blood flow through the heart. New tools, which make it possible to study tissues at the sub-cellular level, are allowing scientists like Jil C. Tardiff, MD, PhD, to better understand how genetic mutations lead to heart conditions, such as HCM.

Cardiologist's Photography Makes Workplace Feel Like Home
Feb. 10, 2014
As a cardiologist, Dr. Kwan Lee is used to seeing heart disease run in families. But family history can influence more than physical health. In Lee's case, two passions seem to run in the family – medicine and photography. An assistant professor of medicine, Lee photographs the desert Southwest in his free time. His striking black-and-white images are on display at the UA Sarver Heart Center and The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus.

UA scientists find the missing link in muscle diseases
Tucson News Now, Jan. 31, 2014
When something goes wrong with titin, the largest protein in your heart and skeletal muscles, it can cause serious health issues. Now a discovery made at the University of Arizona is a first step toward finding a cure.

Doctor addresses controversy over new blood pressure recommendations
Green Valley News, Jan. 18, 2014
Recently published studies by the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the European Society of Hypertension include controversial changes to previous recommendations on the treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dr. Lorraine Mackstaller said new focus is on high blood pressure levels and when and what medications to take.

The Body Electric
New Yorker Magazine, Nov. 25, 2013
UA Sarver Heart Center interventional cardiologist Marvin Slepian, MD, collaborates with a bioelectronics research group to improve mapping of the heart's electrical activity.

Sweitzer Named Head of UA Sarver Heart Center
AZ Business Magazine, Nov. 18, 2013
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, will become director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, effective March 1, 2014.

Sweitzer tapped for Sarver Heart Center
Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 17, 2013
Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer will become director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, effective March 1, 2014.

Instead of waiting for donor organs, patients could have new ones grown in the lab
Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 27, 2013
The goal is to “grow” patients’ own stem cells on a skeleton of a discarded donor organ that’s been cleaned of the donor’s living cells, and then to transplant it into the patient.

Bioprinting the human body
Arizona Daily Wildcat, Oct. 24, 2013
The Khalpey lab is building its own functional 3-D bioprinter that will use "bioink" made from a patient's stem cells to grow organs and provide relief to the growing number of people in the U.S. who need organ transplants.

Erika Yee -- A Hero Goes for the Gold
GSBlog, Oct. 22, 2013
This young lifesaver is recognized by Girl Scouts of USA for using skills learned at Girl Scout camp to save a band mate who suddenly collapsed at band practice.

"In Health" It's a Guy (Health) Thing
Tucson Lifestyle, Oct. 2013
Dr. Karl B. Kern and Dr. Jil Tardiff discuss the importance of knowing family history and preventing heart disease for men.

Screening Athletes to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
The Desert Leaf, Oct. 2013
Dr. Jil Tardiff offers recommendations for young athletes.

Left Ventricle Dyssynchrony Linked to Heart Failure Arrhythmia
MedPage Today, Sept. 28, 2013
Raj Janardhanan, MD, associate professor of medicine and imaging and medical director of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging at University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus comments on a promising study article.

Screening Athletes to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest
UA News Sept. 25, 2013

Doctors Who Do More than Wear a White Coat (Lori Mackstaller, MD)
Inside Tucson Business, Sept. 6, 2013

UA Surgeons First in World to Robotically Implant Heart-Assist Device
By Jo Marie Gellerman, Department of Surgery, Sept. 5, 2013

From Alaska Wilderness Springs a Philanthropic Physician
UA@Work, July 23, 2013

$6 Million Grant Boosts Molecular Heart Research
UA News, Jun. 13, 2013

UA doctor: Chest-only CPR saves more lives
Yuma Daily Sun, Mar. 11, 2013

Renowned Cardiologist Ewy Retiring After 44 Years at UA
Lo Que Pasa, Mar. 4, 2013

100 days of science: Artificial heart pioneer put UA on the map
Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 8, 2012