Association of Black Cardiologists Honors UA College of Medicine - Tucson MD/PhD Student


Ike Chinyere, a dual MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and a research assistant in the Goldman Research Lab in the UA Sarver Heart Center received the Richard Allen Williams Scholarship for Medical Students from the Association of Black Cardiologists.

UA Sarver Heart Center Updates from Community Partners


Cheryl Alli was acknowledged for her years as a community volunteer; Alpha Phi Sorority featured Sarver Heart Center at their Red Dress Gala; medical students developed Spanish-language chest-compression-only CPR materials; and Dr. Nancy Sweitzer was honored as the Mary Anne Fay Women's Heart Health Advocate of the Year.

Story of 69-year-old Patient Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease Illustrates Power of Physician Collaboration and Improving Awareness


Improved cardiac diagnostics, physician collaboration and awareness of congenital heart conditions in adults led to the diagnosis of a complex congenital heart defect followed by a minimally invasive repair that has a 69-year-old woman breathing easier. The unique team is all under one roof at Sarver Heart Center and Banner – UMC Tucson.

UA Scientist Identifies Cellular Gene Signatures for Heart Muscle Regeneration


A research team led by Jared Churko, PhD, director of the University of Arizona iPSC Core in the UA Sarver Heart Center, used a transcriptomic approach — studying what genes are expressed — to identify gene signatures of cell subpopulations identified as atrial-like or ventricular-like. This understanding could lead to regenerative therapy discoveries for the millions of people living with damaged heart muscle caused by heart attacks or other chronic heart conditions.

UA Researchers Help Discover Genetic Factor That Can Help or Hurt Risk for Heart Disease


Individuals with a particular genetic factor may be more resistant to plaque build-up and have a reduced risk for coronary artery disease.

UA Professor Receives Grant for Innovative Research in Preventing Heart Failure


NIH grant will allow Taben Hale, PhD, to study cardiac fibroblasts.

Could Wearable Technology Help Patients Monitor Blood Pressure?


A lab simulation model of an artificial artery in the Slepian Lab at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center demonstrates “pulse wave velocity” is a feasible measurement for monitoring blood pressure. Wearable patches show promise for measuring PWV, making them a potentially inexpensive blood-pressure monitoring option.

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.