News

Sarver Leader Discusses Clinical Trials

03/22/2014

Dr. Nancy Sweitzer, a cardiologist and physiologist recognized for her leadership and experience in clinical heart disease research, focused on her specialty of clinical trials in treating heart disease.


New Tech Uses Patient's Body to Power Pacemakers

03/04/2014

One of the difficulties with pacemakers is the battery life. Marvin Slepian has looked to move away from using batteries to instead, a source called piso electronics.


Local Medical Tech Co Testing New Devices for Artificial Hearts

03/04/2014

A local company takes action by testing two new devices in clinical trials to make changes to artificial hearts in the future to come.


Endowed Chair Fulfills Dream of Congenital Heart Disease Program for Adults

02/28/2014

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.


Patient Receives Trans Aortic Valve Replacement in an Already-Replaced Heart Valve at Age 96

02/28/2014

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.


Tomorrow's Pacemakers: Batteries Not Included

02/03/2014

Tiny power generators developed by the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois could eliminate the need for batteries in medical devices.


UA Nursing Professor Leslie Ritter Inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association

01/09/2014

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.


Marnell Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery Aims to Expand Options for Transplant Patients

12/10/2013

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, MRCS (Eng), associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been named the Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the UA Sarver Heart Center. One goal of his lab is to recondition human hearts and lungs unsuitable for transplantation by chemically stripping unusable cadaveric lungs of their cells, leaving a functional lung “bioscaffold.” This structure then can be “re-seeded” with autologous (a patient’s own) stem cells to rebuild the organ.


From the Interim Director

12/10/2013

This coming March, we will welcome Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, as director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Department of Medicine.


Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer Named Head of University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and Division of Cardiology

11/14/2013

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.


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