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Heart Services at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix

Great Heart Care is Here

At Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, we use the latest techniques to quickly diagnose your heart or vascular condition. We treat conditions from common to complex, such as:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Rhythm disorders including atrial fibrillation
  • Valve problem
  • Vascular heart disease

What Testing Options Are Available?

Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix offers Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is another testing option that physicians can use to diagnose heart disease. This test uses a nuclear camera and radioactive tracers that are injected into your bloodstream to help evaluate your heart. These tracers stay in your body for only seconds to minutes, but can help detect blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the heart and can even measure blood flow to see if the blockages are significant and warrant treatment. It can also detect inflammation due to infection or autoimmune diseases like sarcoidosis.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

In addition to traditional open-heart surgery, we use many specialized treatments. A few of them include:

  • Heart and lung rehabilitation
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant
  • Mechanical circulatory support devices, pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

When living with a heart condition, you need a team on your side to provide reassurance and advice. We understand this. The specialists at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix work to tailor a treatment just for you. We're also here to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

New pulsed field technology arrives at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix

Banner - University Medicine became the first in the western U.S. in February 2024 to take advantage of an exciting and innovative new technology that treats intermittent atrial fibrillation, a specific kind of irregularly fast heart rate. The Pulsed Field Ablation System is a catheter device that uses electrical pulses during an ablation procedure to treat specific tissue areas in the heart that cause potentially life-threatening arrhythmia.

In typical ablation procedures, catheters produce extremely hot or cold temperatures to destroy tissue, which poses a small risk of causing damage to surrounding tissues and complications like pulmonary vein stenosis or esophageal injury. The pulsed field technology, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in January, doesn’t rely on extreme temperatures and treats only specifically targeted areas of heart tissue, significantly minimizing risks of complications related to ablation. Additionally, data from the device’s clinical trial period found that its use covered broader treatment areas in the heart and made for quicker procedure times.

Stereotaxis Genesis system offers improved precision and safety to fix abnormalities in the heart rhythms

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix proudly provides the Stereotaxis Genesis system to enhance the care and treatment of our patients. The Stereotaxis Genesis system is a state of the art tool that allows a specially trained electrophysiology physician to guide a small catheter into the heart to fix abnormalities in the heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. This system is very beneficial in that it is highly specialized to be able to target very precise areas in the heart using magnets and robotic guidance. This advancement in technology offers improved precision and safety, and is especially helpful for the most complex heart rhythm ablation procedures. 

Academic Medicine Difference

The partnership between Banner Health and the University of Arizona brings clinical care delivery, education and research to the forefront of the patient experience. 

Learn more about the specialized care from the Heart Institute, including the Cardiovascular Interventions Center, Heart Rhythm Disorders Center and Women's Heart Health Center. All are a part of the specialized and collaborative care model the Banner – University Medicine Institutes provide out of the hospital campus at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. And find out even more about academic medicine here.