Faculty have expertise in interventional cardiology, structural heart disease, advanced heart disease, transplant cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.
Researchers seek to reduce bias and remove barriers to equitable treatment for advanced heart disease through standardized health care protocols.
"Science is super fun and I love it, but I really love helping others with their career development,” Dr. Nancy Sweitzer said. “It’s the No. 1 pleasure in my job.”
Training to become a cardiologist takes a lot of time, patience and guidance. But with advanced technology in the form of the College of Medicine – Tucson Sarver Heart Center’s Harveys – animatronic devices capable of being programmed with a wide range of heart beats and health issues – future cardiologists are able to learn what to listen for and how to treat heart ailments.
Sarver Heart Center researchers clarify the interaction between blood pressure medications and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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.
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.
“I don’t think any of us thought we’d be dealing with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic for this length of time, but it is important not to get discouraged and to use tools to stay positive, even in hard times,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the Sarver Heart Center. “Studies repeatedly show that a person who responds to adversity with resiliency has less cardiovascular disease than a person who focuses on negativity."
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.
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.