Blood Pressure Levels Increased during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Blood pressure control worsened in both men and women with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States in 2020. Women and older adults had the highest blood pressures measured during the pandemic. “The pandemic upended so many routines, from personal lifestyle prevention habits to healthcare delivery. This study illustrates the importance of knowing your numbers, monitoring your health and staying on top of preventive health care,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and professor of medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson.

Hall Awards Help Medical Students in the College of Medicine – Phoenix


The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix selected two medical students - Sabrina Dahak and Rachel Schuurs - to receive the Charles W. Hall Jr. and Virginia C. Hall Memorial Endowment Award.

Charlotte Todd Honored with 2021 Bateman Superb Service Award


Congratulations to Charlotte Todd, Sarver Heart Center’s business manager, who was honored for her thoughtfulness, professionalism and hard work as the 2021 recipient of the Brian Bateman Superb Service Award.

Onward to a Healthy Retirement - Katie Maass is Retiring from Sarver Heart Center


Katie Maass reviews the heart healthy messages she learned during her 12 years of exemplary service as the director of communications at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. An in-person and virtual reception is planned Monday, January 24, from 3 - 5 p.m., room 4137.

Dr. John Ruiz appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


A highly collaborative member of the Sarver Heart Center, Dr. Ruiz studies cardiovascular behavioral medicine and conducts extensive research into racial disparities in preventable diseases.

GUIDE-HF Clinical Trial Studies CardioMEMS in Patients with Heart Failure


The GUIDE-HF IDE clinical trial is underway to study the effectiveness of the CardioMEMS™ HF System in an expanded population of patients with heart failure. Dr. Deepak Acharya is the site principal investigator at Sarver Heart Center for this multi-site research study.

Dr. Julia Indik Honored with the 2021 Laennec Master Clinician Award


“As I look over the list of past honorees, I’m overwhelmed,” said Dr. Indik. “During the past 20 years, the idea of ‘bedside’ cardiology has changed so much, particularly the way technology is incorporated into patient care and diagnostics,” she said.

Assessing Usefulness of Genetic Information in Heart Disease Care


Dr. Joseph Alpert is leading an observational study with the goals of helping the physician in the diagnosis process, minimizing the rate of adverse drug effects, and increasing patient engagement and satisfaction with treatment.

Minority Outreach Program Chair Honored with Founders Award


Wanda F Moore, who expanded community education and outreach activities to include underserved minority communities, is the 2021 recipient of Greater Tucson Leadership’s Founders Award.

Vascular Surgeon to Study Brain Blood Flow and Alzheimer’s


Researchers hope that finding a connection between carotid disease and Alzheimer’s could provide a new pathway for preventing dementia.