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The Healthy Dose, June 4, 2016

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.

Arizona Business Magazine, May 5, 2016

“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.”

UAHS News, May 2016

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.

Arizona Daily Star, May 23, 2016

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.


KVOA News 4, Kristi's Kids, April 28, 20016

“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.

ScienceDaily, April 21, 2016

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.


Van Winkle's, April 20, 2016

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.

Times Video, March 21, 2016

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.

Green Valley News, March 19, 2016

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.

Eureka Alert, January 4, 2016

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.

Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 29, 2015

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.


Tucson News Now, Nov. 11, 2015

"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.

University of Arizona College of Medicine Alumni, July 29, 2015

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.

Arizona Health Sciences News, July 22, 2015

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.

Everyday Health, July 8, 2015

“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.

UA@Work, June 5, 2015

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.

MedPage Today, June 24, 2015

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.

Men's Health, May 27, 2015
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.

The Daily Wildcat, March 30, 2015

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.

Lo Que Pasa, March 20, 2015

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."

Arizona Daily Star, March 2, 2015

The Gootter Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million to support research of sudden cardiac death, plus donated more than 110 AEDs and funded 10 investigator grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to support Sarver Heart Center researchers.

KVOA News, Jan. 28, 2015

Wildcat basketball fans received a treat in their seats at the game against the Oregon Ducks, cheer cards with a heart-felt message. Sudden cardiac arrest kills a thousand people every day in the United States, according to the Gootter Foundation. They've teamed up with the UA's McKale Center to train Tucsonans on the chest-compression-only method CPR developed by the Sarver Heart Center. UA alumni Channing Frye took part in a public service announcement explaining the three c's: check, call, compress.

Tech Launch Arizona

The University of Arizona has announced the creation of the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, a place where investigators can work with other experienced innovators to flesh out their ideas, consider next steps in the development of their technologies, and access scientific and business resources to move those ideas forward. It will be headed by Dr. Marvin Slepian, a cardiologist with the UA Sarver Heart Center.

Lo Que Pasa, Jan. 20, 2015

Spencer Cummins was born on Aug. 20, 2014, right on time, and weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 4 ounces. But Spencer also arrived with a double knot in his umbilical cord, his skin blue from oxygen deprivation. Within a few hours, Michael and Pamela Cummins received devastating news. An echocardiogram showed their son had multiple heart defects. Spencer was in congestive heart failure. There was little hope he could survive.

But he has survived. And for that, his parents are immeasurably grateful to doctors at Northwest, UAMC and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where Spencer underwent open-heart surgery when he was six days old. They also are grateful to Dr. Scott Klewer, a 1991 graduate of the UA College of Medicine, now UA professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and former chief of staff at UAMC, who has overseen Spencer's care since his birth.

Green Valley News, 1/16/15

Dr. Lori Mackstaller said states with the highest rates of obesity are those where people are least able to afford health care and food. They also have the highest rates of chronic disease.

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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.