Care About Your Heart

What's the most important muscle in your body? When you think of the vital role your heart plays in keeping your blood circulating, it's a slam dunk that your heart muscle is the one muscle you want to ensure is healthy and strong. Exercise and eating a well-balanced diet, as well as maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, can go a long way to keeping your heart ticking along.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, things can go wrong with your heart. When this happens you want to make sure you get the best care possible and know your options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States about 610,000 people (1 in 4) die from heart disease each year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

It's always wise to get checked out if you have the following symptoms as outlined by the American Heart Association:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body such as in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweats, nausea or feeling lightheaded

Heart attack symptoms, especially for women, can be subtle and easily mistaken for other ailments such as a back problem or tiredness. So, when the above symptoms or a heart or vascular condition brings you into your doctor's office — or even an emergency room — it may serious. But don't panic. We're here for you.

Once you're with a specialist, you're a step closer to managing your condition or a full recovery. Banner Health's heart and vascular team is ready and close by.

Why Should I Choose Banner Health?

We're proud of our patients and their outcomes. Together, we've earned national recognition for success with heart procedures. We use minimally invasive and robotic surgeries whenever we can.

After surgery, our Progressive Care unit makes your transition easier from cardiac intensive care to later recovery. Then we support you with cardiac rehabilitation and all the education and support you need to recover.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Not all heart and vascular conditions require surgery. Lifestyle changes and medication can help. If surgery is the best treatment, we'll explain your options and recommend a treatment.

We offer traditional open-heart surgery along with many other specialized treatments. A few of them include:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant
  • Limb salvage
  • Maze procedure
  • Sapien transcatheter heart valve replacement
  • Transmyocardial vascularization (TMR)

From heart attack to heart failure and from vascular disease to valve replacement, our specialists treat each patient and each condition individually.

Where Can I Get More Information?

If you have a heart condition, you may worry, and you may have questions. We can help you find the answers you need. Our heart specialists are here to answer any questions you have. We can also point you to more resources on heart health topics on our Education & Support page.

If your heart doctor recommends a certain screening or procedure, or if you need surgery, we can help you understand what to expect.

Heart Care Services in Your Area

Learn more about heart care near you.

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724
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Great Heart Care is Here

If you have or are at risk of a heart-related issue, we’ll use the latest techniques to quickly diagnose your heart or vascular condition. We treat conditions from common to complex, such as:

What treatment options are available?

In addition to traditional open-heart surgery, we offer many specialized treatments and programs. We’re also researching and creating advanced treatment options with the goal of ending heart disease through our partnership with the Sarver Heart Center. Some of the treatment options we offer include:

  • Heart and lung rehabilitation
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Heart transplant and support devices
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant
  • Long Live Program at the Pivirotto Health and Wellness Center
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

We also work with the Native American population through our Native American Cardiology and Medical Service Program, where we provide inpatient care and discharge planning, translation services and outreach clinics.

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 Tucson work to tailor a treatment just for you. We're also here to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

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. 

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