Sarver Heart Center Winter 2013
From the Interim Director
This coming March, we will welcome Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, as director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine. Nationally recognized for her strong leadership and experience in clinical research, Dr. Sweitzer has a clinical research program focused on the interaction of the dysfunctional heart muscle in heart failure with the vasculature and kidneys to better understand how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients.
Marnell Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery Aims to Expand Options for Transplant Patients
Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng), associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named the Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. One goal of his lab is to recondition human hearts and lungs unsuitable for transplantation by chemically stripping unusable cadaveric lungs of their cells, leaving a functional lung “bioscaffold.” This structure then can be “re-seeded” with autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to rebuild the organ.
Avoid Heart Failure: Don’t Pass Stage A
About 5 million people in the United States have heart failure and about 550,000 are diagnosed for the first time each year. Increasing awareness and preventing heart failure could go a long way toward lowering health care costs since it is the primary reason for 12 to 15 million office visits and 6.5 million hospital days each year.
Patient Receives Trans Aortic Valve Replacement in an Already-Replaced Heart Valve at Age 96
Robert Lawrence underwent placement of a new valve into his already-replaced valve through a tiny groin incision. “This is the first time a TAVR inside a replaced valve was done in Southern Arizona,” says Kapil Lotun, MD, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Structural Heart Disease Program and Vascular Medicine in Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
Advanced 3D Imaging Aids Early Detection and Guides Mitral Valve Repairs
Before heart disease set in, Terry Gentner led an active
life. “I got to the point where I couldn’t walk across a room or lie down to sleep; I needed a lounge chair for sleep; and my legs were occasionally swelling,” says Terry, age 75. Advanced three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) showed that Terry had a significant mitral valve leak where one of the valve leaflets was being pulled by a weak area in the heart muscle.
Heart Health Updates from Sarver Heart Center Members
- Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Cardiology Staff
- Native American Cardiology's Dr. Eric Brody Recieves Indian Health Service Award
- Dr. Scott Klewer Appointed to Adult Congenital Heart Association National Board
- Sarver Heart Center Members Awarded NIH Grants
- UAHN Gains Echocardiography Accreditation
8th Annual The Heart of the Matter
Highlights from the 2013 luncheon held, Oct. 12.
Best Wishes for a Warm and Joyous Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!
All of us at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center are deeply thankful for your support.
- Charitable Gift Annuity
- Appreciated Stock
- Tax-Free Giving from your IRA
- Amazon Shopping
- In memory of Isabelle Preiss
Green Valley Lecture Series 2013-2014
Join us for another year of heart health lectures in Green Valley! Free and open to the public. Presentations are held Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley.
Sarver Heart Center Advisory Board Member Video Addresses Minority CPR Disparities