The University of Arizona Division of Pediatric Cardiology Congenital Heart Program will explore the public health problem of congenital heart defects among children, adolescents and adults.
Here is a recap of some of the lectures, presentations, publications and research award of University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center members
The Inter-societal Accreditation Commission (IAC) fully re-accredited the Banner - University Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory for five types of heart ultrasound, or echocardiograms.
The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled during the past 20 years as the American population has aged and become more overweight. This number may be reduced if more people are screened for prediabetes, a condition that affects 84 million in which 90% don't know they have it.
Personalized medicine in a dish. A collaborative research team is searching for genetic themes among family members who share a high prevalence of bicuspid aortic valve disease. They are testing medical therapies on cellular models grown in the lab from stem cells derived from each family member. Their goal is to more precisely predict which therapies would manage the conditions effectively.
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 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.
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.
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: https://heart.arizona.edu/heart-health/learn-cpr
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.