Press Releases

New 3-D Mapping System Helps UA Cardiologists Improve Targeted Treatment for Arrhythmia Patients
The technology enables University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center electrophysiology cardiologists to more precisely treat atrial fibrillation, the most common heart-rhythm abnormality, affecting 2 to 3 million people in the United States.
Longtime Cardiologist Dr. Frank I. Marcus to Present ‘Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,’ March 3 in Tucson, March 4 in Phoenix
Free and open to the public, the presentation is part of the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series is sponsored by the Flinn Foundation.
Five Ways to Reduce Heart Attack Risk by 80 Percent
If you could do five things to reduce your heart-attack risk by 80 percent, would you take a step to start on this path?
Seven Tips for a Healthy Heart
Reminder: Healthy Heart Day 2015 is Feb. 7. Register online by Feb. 4, or email, phone 520-626-4146.
Providing Tomorrow's Medicine Today
The Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation will transform UA research into practical health care solutions through the commercialization of biomedical technologies.
University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Presents Healthy Heart Day 2015, Feb. 7
Join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, for an interactive, informative day of heart-healthy presentations, screenings and activities.
University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Welcomes Cardiology Clinical Research Manager
Catherine MacDonald, BSN, MBA, joined the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the Division of Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson as manager of cardiology research.
UA College of Nursing Professor Ruth Taylor-Piliae Receives AHA 2014 Stroke Article of the Year Award
This annual award recognizes the scientific and clinical contributions of cerebrovascular nurses in promoting AHA goals and excellence in cerebrovascular nursing science; Dr. Taylor-Piliae was recognized for her article about the effects of Tai Chi on older stroke survivors.
Arizona Research Shows Dispatchers Giving CPR Instruction Saves Lives
Emergency dispatchers providing life-saving CPR instructions to 9-1-1 callers prior to first responders arriving on scene dramatically increases survival from the leading cause of death, cardiac arrest, according to Arizona research.
Beyond "Fed Up": Take Steps to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
What are ways you can reduce sugar consumption?
UA Sarver Heart Center Presents ‘Fed Up’ Special Showing and Panel Discussion, Oct. 21
Heart Smart Movie and Panel Discussion presented by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women’s Heart Health Education Committee
The Three Most Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Atrial Fibrillation
September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.
New System in Arizona Dramatically Improves Survival from Cardiac Arrest
Study Shows Marked Increase in Survival Rates with Routing Change
University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Welcomes New Doctors, Notes National Appointments
Drs. Desai and Doraiswamy join the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center faculty; Professors Antin and Gregorio appointed to national organizations.
More than 100 UAHN Physicians among 'Best Doctors in America'
More than 100 Tucson physicians with the University of Arizona Health Network are ranked among the 2014 Best Doctors in America and are featured in Tucson Lifestyle magazine’s July issue on Best Doctors in Tucson.
UA Cardiology Fellows Class of 2014 Prepare for Next Phase of Careers
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center celebrated the graduation of five fellows from the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program and two from the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program this June.
UA Sarver Heart Center: Getting to the Heart of Men’s Health
June is National Men’s Health Month and National CPR & AED Awareness Month
UAMC Reactivates Heart Transplant Program
The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus has reactivated its Heart Transplant Program after receiving approval from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).
UA Sarver Heart Center Expert Offers Insights into New Uses of a Surgical Adhesive in New England Journal of Medicine Review
Dr. Slepian and Danny Bluestein, PhD, professor of bioengineering at Stony Brook University in New York, co-authored a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 17, 2014), citing the benefits of hydrophobic light-activated adhesive (HLAA), a fluid, blood-resistant tissue glue that can be applied as a liquid before a procedure is performed and activated on demand to adhere, cure and bond.
TOPCAT Trial Tests Possible Treatment for Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Heart Pump Function
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson serves on the TOPCAT executive committee.
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.
Endowed Chair Fulfills Dream of Congenital Heart Disease Program for Adults
A generation ago, adult cardiologists had little need to study congenital heart disease. Few children born with these heart conditions lived to adult age. Great advances have been made during the past few decades in caring for children with major structural heart issues (congenital heart diseases), allowing survival to adulthood and a productive life. Today, more adults are living with congenital heart disease than children with these conditions. This endowed chair provides an opportunity to make important strides toward fulfilling a dream of building a comprehensive adult congenital cardiology program for southern Arizona.
UA Nursing Professor Leslie Ritter Inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association
Dr. Ritter investigates ways to decrease inflammatory damage to the brain after stroke, especially in people with conditions that may worsen inflammation, such as diabetes.
Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer Named Head of University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Division of Cardiology
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.
NIH Awards Dr. Frank Marcus $1.4 Million to Study Genetics, Mechanisms and Phenotypes of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathies
The study seeks a better understanding of newly diagnosed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – a significant cause of death in people under age 35 – and progression of clinical characteristics.