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The Sarver Heart Center

Message from the Director

Thanks to generous support from visionary donors, extremely dedicated faculty and staff, and new collaborations bridging work and faculty between the UArizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, 2020 was a very successful year for the heart center.

Heart News

Breath Exercises to Improve Sleep and Blood Pressure in Sleep Apnea Cases


Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson are assessing the long-term effectiveness of “inspiratory muscle training” for reducing blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health in adults with obstructive sleep apnea.

Better Way to Measure Frailty in Patients with Advanced Heart Disease


Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, advanced heart disease cardiologist, teamed up with Nima Toosizadeh, PhD, a biomedical engineer, to study a way to make frailty assessments less subjective when it comes to determining advanced treatments for patients diagnosed with heart failure.

Vaxed Up to Protect Patients. Please Do Your Part.


We have been vaccinated to keep our patients, our families, our co-workers and our community safe. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, please schedule an appointment. “Some of my patients have raised concerns about heart inflammation (called myocarditis or pericarditis), which may have occurred following COVID-19 vaccination. These cases are very rare. We are seeing many more COVID ‘long haulers’ - patients who have ongoing heart and lung issues due to the impact of the virus on their health,” said Dr. Nancy Sweitzer.