Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure FDA Approved for Most Patients


When Chip Rock learned he needed a heart valve replacement, he considered his mother’s experience. She, at age 92, was one of the first TAVR patients in February 2014, when the UA Sarver Heart Center Structural Heart Team offered the procedure only for high-risk patients. “My mother did well for several years after her procedure, so when I learned I needed a valve replacement, I contacted Dr. Lotun to see what he could do for me,” Rock said.

‘The Diabetes/Heart Disease Connection,’ Sept. 28


The Diabetes/Heart Disease Connection Lunch and Learn Program is a community education program presented in collaboration with the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s Women’s Heart Health Education Committee.

Black Girls Rock, so Why the Health Disparities?


Dr. Khadijah Breathett, assistant professor of medicine at UA College of Medicine - Tucson and Sarver Heart Center, reported that black women in the U.S. have the highest rate of high blood pressure compared to other racial/ethnic groups and sexes; also women receive fewer heart transplants despite having higher rates of heart failure.

Erika Yee featured in Teachers, staff not required to learn life-saving procedure


While Arizona requires high school students to learn CPR, it doesn't require teachers to be trained. Erika Yee, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center health education assistant, tells her story of saving the life of a bandmate in high school and informs people about the training resources available on UA Sarver Heart Center's "Learn CPR" webpage:

Noon and Hall Legacy Awards Honor Outstanding Trainees


Through the generosity of forward-thinking donors, Sarver Heart Center is able to recognize medical students and resident physicians who demonstrate outstanding performance during their cardiology rotations. Christine E. Chiu, MD, a recent UA College of Medicine - Tucson graduate, is the 2019 recipient of the Zenas B. Noon Award of Excellence in Cardiology. Louis Eubank, MD, a second -year internal medicine resident physician received the Charles W. Hall, Jr., and Virginia C. Hall Memorial Award.

Prediabetes: The 84 Million-Person Health Risk


In the United States, 84 million people, 1 in 3 adults, have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 are unaware. That is more than 76 million people who could take steps to reduce their risks, if only they knew, writes Kelly Palmer, MHS, CCRP, in a Healthy Dose blog.

Making CPR Training Accessible for Underserved Communities


Erika Yee, Sarver Heart Center's health education assistant, has taught chest-compression-only CPR to more than 4,500 people during the 2018-2019 academic year. She also made training materials more accessible by collaborating with other organizations. These include materials in Spanish and American Sign Language.

Genetic Approaches to Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Jil Tardiff


BCVS Council Vice Chair Beth McNally and BCVS 2019 Co-Chair Jil Tardiff interview Keynote Lecturer Christine Seidman about her recent work on the genetics of dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and how it might be harnessed to develop new, earlier treatments.

Changing the Face of Cardiology


As the director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, I am working to be an enlightened leader, to sponsor talented early-career cardiologists and grow the diversity in our cardiology division.

Dr. Marvin Slepian Receives Regents' Professor Recognition Plus Other Honors


The first part of 2019 was full of awards, recognition and research for Dr. Marvin Slepian, one of the University of Arizona's newest Regents Professors.