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.
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.
“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."
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.
The UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson has accepted six high school graduates in a new program that reduces the time to a medical degree to seven years.
The first federally recognized Juneteenth Holiday was an appropriate day to celebrate the Sarver Heart Center Community Coalition for Heart Health Education as the volunteers received grants from Walmart to further community outreach in mostly minority communities, particularly through collaborations with many African American community partners.
Cardiology fellowship graduates included eight cardiologists;six who completed the three-year Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program and two who completed an additional year of specialized training in the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. This was the first year the Interventional Cardiology class was 100% women.
Walmart awards $20,000 to UArizona Sarver Heart Center Minority Outreach Program/Community Coalition for Heart Health Education on National Day of Giving.