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Collaboration at the Heart of 35 Years of Success for Sarver Heart Center


The partnership between a basic scientist and a clinical researcher is a setup that permeates the center’s culture and its success, breaking down walls that can stand between disciplines. “I like to call the Sarver Heart Center the intellectual home for people working in cardiovascular medicine, no matter what their department affiliation,” Dr. Nancy Sweitzer said.

Hyperinvasive Approach May Boost Cardiac Arrest Survival


Dr. Julia Indik, a the late-breaking clinical trials panelist at the virtual ACC2021 conference, comments on the Prague OHCA clinical trial, a “hyperinvasive” approach to treating cardiac arrest, including mechanical chest compressions during transport and extracorporeal CPR, if needed, followed by swift invasive tests and treatment.

Addressing racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular research


The editorial team of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes issued a statement urging scientific journals to address racial/ethnic disparities prevalent in health science research, particularly cardiovascular trials. Dr. Khadijah Breathett is the corresponding author.

Broken Heart Syndrome During Pandemic


While it isn’t clear that the increase is tied to COVID-19 or the financial and emotional stresses of the pandemic, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer recommends people practice self care to reduce stress that could lead to "broken heart syndrome.".

Are patients having heart problems post-COVID-19?


Myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, and vascular inflammation, inflammation of all the blood vessels in the body, are conditions seen in post-COVID-19 patients, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer tells the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Blood clots unlike any she has seen before line entire blood vessels or clot in the arteries in the heart; several patients are coming in who’ve had COVID-19 three, four, even six weeks ago.

How to increase inclusivity in clinical trials: a patient’s perspective


To encourage minority populations to participate in clinical trials, they must be ethically sound, with education and respect for the privacy rights of all participants, writes Wanda F. Moore, chair of the Sarver Heart Center Minority Outreach Program.

Bias in Allocating Heart Failure Therapies; Women Critiqued More Harshly


The process of allocating heart therapies is biased. It's a structural problem. Dr. Khadijah Breathett invites clinicians to work on the structural solutions.

Leading the Compassionate Charge


During the COVID-19 era, Dr. Elizabeth Juneman writes about the compassionate charge heart failure specialists need to advance as they care for some of the most frail patients. Read her "On My Mind" column in Circulation: Heart Failure.

It's My Calling to Change the Statistics


"I knew that cardiovascular disease was devastating communities of color at a young age. It was and remains my calling to use medicine and research to change the statistics," said Dr. Khadijah Breathett in Forbes.

Students Learn CPR as High School Graduation Requirement in Arizona


High school seniors across Arizona will have to know how to perform “Chest-Compression-Only” CPR as a requirement for graduation. “This new law came up suddenly, with the state leaving schools scrambling to comply without providing any resources. That’s why it’s so valuable for schools to have organizations like Sarver Heart Center ... to turn to for help.”