Sarver Heart Center's e-newsletter, published September 3, covers:
- Welcome New Members: Robert Hooker, MD, cardiothoracic surgery; Michel Corban, MD, cardiology; and Saad Kubba, MD, cardiology.
- Developing a Better Way to Measure Frailty: To improve patient frailty assessments, Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart disease and heart transplant, is collaborating with Nima Toosizadeh, PhD, a biomedical engineer who has been studying frailty with the University of Arizona Center on Aging. They are conducting a clinical research study to develop a reliable frailty score and use it to set parameters to predict patients most likely to benefit from an invasive cardiovascular procedure versus someone whose frailty is not solely due to the heart condition, and who is therefore less likely to recover and improve following a procedure .
- Can a Simple Breathing Exercise Improve Sleep and Blood Pressure? “High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death in America. Five minutes a day of inspiratory muscle training, consisting of just 30 inspiratory efforts against resistance, offers a low-cost, non-pharmacologic means of improving both sleep quality and blood pressure,” said E. Fiona Bailey, PhD, a Sarver Heart Center member who specializes in respiratory physiology.