Another Milestone for UA/Banner Tucson Structural Heart Team—First-Ever Bicuspid TAVR-TEE Procedure with Minimal Contrast


The University of Arizona Structural Heart Disease Program team at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, led by Kapil Lotun, MD, reached another milestone last week in completing the first-ever transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure on a patient with a bicuspid aortic valve utilizing only transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to guide them. The procedure also was unique in that only a minimum of contrast dye was employed in final diagnoses preparations for the procedure and no CT (computed tomography) scan was used at all.

Unrecognized Heart Attacks are as Serious as Recognized Ones


If you had a “silent” heart attack and didn’t know it, does it matter? Tushar Acharya, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and colleagues of the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, called unrecognized myocardial infarctions (MI) “an underappreciated public health problem.” The research team found that the combined risk of death, a subsequent nonfatal heart attack, and heart failure were similar at a 10-year follow up for both recognized and unrecognized MI. The unrecognized MIs were identified using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR).

UA Sarver Heart Center and Banner – University Medical Center Welcome Three New Cardiologists


The new faculty cardiologists bring expertise in cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology and interventional cardiology.

New EP Cardiac Cath Lab Opened


An Advanced Electrophysiology Cardiac Catheterization Lab opened at the beginning of September. Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is the first hospital in Arizona with this state-of-the-art technology

Welcome Three New Faculty Cardiologists


Sarver Heart Center welcomed three cardiologists to its faculty: Tushar Acharya, MD, Olivia Hung, MD, PhD, and Nader Makki, MD. They bring expertise in cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology and interventional cardiology.

Advice For Black Women On How To Eat To Combat Heart Disease From A Black Female Cardiologist


Dr. Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC a Black female advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologist can’t remember how many times her Black friends have lamented to her about the body mass index (BMI). “I show my patients and community members maps of obesity over the decades, and we have been getting wider. Just look at photos of your great and great-great grandparents and their more slender physiques: we have been getting wider overtime.”

‘From Sick Care to Health Care: Lifestyle Medicine and the Prevention of Chronic Disease’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Sept. 5


Free and open to the public, the lecture features UA Sarver Heart Center cardiologist, Dr. Charles Katzenberg, who will discuss the difference between preventing and treating chronic disease, advances in lifestyle medicine, acute and chronic inflammation, the emerging science about the microbiome and tools people can use to reduce disease risk.

Medical Student Giuliani Repetti Awarded Sarnoff Research Fellowship


Giuliana Repetti, a University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson medical student (Class of 2020), is the first UA Wildcat to receive the prestigious Sarnoff Fellowship from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Advanced Heart Disease Team Recognized as 'High-Performing' for Heart Failure


U.S News & World Report rated the Banner UMC - Tucson Advanced Heart Disease team as high performing.

VAD implantation rates rise in black patients


Implantation of ventricular assist devices rose between 2012 and 2015 in black patients with advanced HF, indicating that racial disparities in VAD treatment may be narrowing, according to Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, and colleagues, who wrote an article published in Cardiology Today.