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KGUN9 News, Oct. 20, 2014

Doctors say if you have ever wondered what's in your lunch bag, there's a good bet that it's sugar.  A special screening of a movie called "Fed Up" is being put on by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center at Tucson's Loft Cinema on Tuesday, October 21st from 6 until 9 in the evening. Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer points out that if you consume too much refined sugar too fast, the liver turns it into fat.

Arizona Public Media, Oct. 8, 2014

After suspending its heart transplant program late last year, the University of Arizona Medical Center has re-activated its program and discharged its first heart transplant patient Oct. 8. Randy Shepherd got his new heart from a donor at UAMC on Sept. 15. His transplant surgeon was Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at UA Medical Center.

News-Medical.net, Oct. 8, 2014

Randy Shepherd, an Arizona resident nicknamed the "tin man," has received a donor heart transplant after 15 months of support from the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. He was transplanted September 15, 2014, by Dr. Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at University of Arizona Medical Center, and discharged October 8.

Bill Buckmaster Show, KVOI radio, Oct. 1, 2014

Victoria Maizes, MD, discusses the role of sugar in weight gain and the upcoming panel discussion and special screening of the movie "Fed Up" on Oct. 21.

KGUN9 News, Sept. 29, 2014

Atrial fibrillation already affects as many as 3-million people in the United States and that number could hit 12-million by 2050. Dr. Julia Indik, a Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center says a person is at increased stroke risk if they have had heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, a history of stroke or mini-stroke, vascular disease, are 65 to 75 years old or are a woman.

Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 29, 2014

Hoping to reduce post-surgical deaths in cardiac patients, Dr. Zain Khalpey, a University of Arizona surgeon is testing the healing powers of heart patches made from amniotic tissue. The intent of the patch is preventing atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular, rapid heart rate caused by chaotic electrical signals in the heart’s upper two chambers, or atria. In postoperative patients, atrial fibrillation causes permanent damage to the heart and puts the patient at risk for major complications including stroke and heart failure.

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 Tucson.

Medical Xpress, June 19, 2014

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men, and the hearts of one of eight men over age 40 will at some point suddenly stop beating – an event known as sudden cardiac arrest. June is both National Men's Health Month and CPR and AED Awareness Month, making it a good time to revisit ways to prevent heart disease.

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, June 16, 2014

PolyNova, a startup company that has grown out of an inter-institutional collaboration between the University of Arizona (UA) and Stony Brook University, announced it is developing a novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve.

BizTucson, Summer 2014

"Women of the Heart" and "Sweitzer Brings Researchers Together" featuring Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Carol Gregorio, PhD, and Jil C. Tardiff, MD, PhD, talking about leadership, cardiology, research, and the next generation.

UA News, June 11, 2014

PolyNova, a startup company that has grown out of an inter-institutional collaboration between the University of Arizona and Stony Brook University, is developing a novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve. Dr. Marvin J. Slepian, UA professor of medicine and biomedical engineering and a cardiologist at the UA Sarver Heart Center, is the founding CEO of PolyNova.

KGUN9 News, June 9, 2014

Tucson's health community is getting an upgrade. Some feel the revival of the heart transplant program will make UAMC an international leader once again in heart transplants and research.

MedPage Today, Apr. 16, 2014

The UV light-activated adhesive created a water-tight seal in seconds that stayed intact in the face of high pressure and flowing blood but biodegrades over time, explained Danny Bluestein, PhD, of New York's Stony Brook University, and Marvin J. Slepian, MD, of the Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Ariz.

KTAR Radio, Apr. 16, 2014

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new way to power pacemakers that could do away with batteries for good.

Physics.org, April 10, 2014

Marvin H. Slepian, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and his colleagues are part of an interdisciplinary research team, including scientists from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, who are developing a flexible medical implant that harvests the energy of the beating heart. Such a device could power pacemakers, defibrillators and heart-rate monitors naturally and reliably and reduce or eliminate the need for batteries.

Arizona Republic Living Well, April 2014

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, is among the heart experts providing an update on heart disease-related medications and technology.

Green Valley News, Mar. 22, 2014

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, a cardiologist and physiologist recognized for her leadership and experience in clinical heart disease research, focused on her specialty of clinical trials in treating heart disease.

Arizona Public Media, Mar. 4, 2014

One of the difficulties with pacemakers is the battery life. Marvin Slepian has looked to move away from using batteries to instead, a source called piso electronics.

Arizona Public Media, Mar. 4, 2014

A local company takes action by testing two new devices in clinical trials to make changes to artificial hearts in the future to come.

UANews Feb. 3, 2014

Tiny power generators developed by the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois could eliminate the need for batteries in medical devices.

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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.