Cardiovascular Clinic Education and Resources

Walker Heart Institute Cardiovascular Clinic is committed to providing high quality care and wellness education to our patients. Please use this page to explore educational resources.




  • MitraClip™ Mitral Valve Repair

    MitraClip™ is a minimally invasive treatment option for some patients with mitral regurgitation, one of the most common heart valve diseases. Washington Regional Medical Center is the only MitraClip™ center in Northwest Arkansas and the state’s only MitraClip™ center outside of Little Rock....

  • Stop Smoking

    According to the CDC, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. It's never too late to quit smoking and improve the health of yourself and those around you....

  • Smartwatches and Heart Health

    A smartwatch — a digital wristwatch that pairs with the user’s smartphone — can do more than send message notifications and news updates. Did you know that some smartwatches can help detect atrial fibrillation (A-fib)? Dr. Garrett Sanford, Washington Regional cardiologist, discusses ways your smart watch can help you keep up with your heart health....

  • TAVR

    Aortic stenosis is a serious, progressive heart valve disease that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Left untreated, it can lead to heart failure and even death. Traditionally, treatment for severe aortic stenosis was valve replacement with open heart surgery. But for some patients there is a minimally invasive treatment option called TAVR–transcatheter aortic valve replacement....

  • Cholesterol - What You Should Know

    You’ve probably heard of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol and understanding what each one means is important to your health. Brian Mahana, APRN with Washington Regional Cardiovascular Clinic explains what you need to know the next time you have your cholesterol checked....

  • A Healthier Heart

    Feeling confused about all the recommendations for improving your heart health? It may be easier than you thought. There are three very simple things you can do to maintain a healthy heart: proper diet, exercise and not smoking....

  • Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

    You might be able to guess that the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain, but it's important to recognize other possible symptoms as well, says Dr. Garrett Sanford, a cardiologist at Washington Regional Cardiovascular Clinic, part of the Washington Regional Walker Heart Institute. "Not recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can lead to a delay in medical treatment," he says.

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  • High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a medical condition in which the force of blood flowing through the blood vessels is consistently higher than normal. When not well managed, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, sexual dysfunction and peripheral artery disease....

  • OCT Technology

    Washington Regional is the first hospital in Arkansas to offer the latest version of optical coherence tomography, or OCT, a type of technology that allows cardiologists to look inside coronary arteries during a heart catheterization. "In practical terms, it's near-infrared light, which is able to look at the arteries of the heart from inside out to determine in high-resolution pictures if there is any blockage or other problems," says Dr. Zubair Ahmed, a cardiologist at Washington Regional Cardiovascular Clinic, part of the Washington Regional Walker Heart Institute....

  • Peripheral Artery Disease

    Leg pain can have many causes. One of the most potentially serious is peripheral artery disease. This happens when arteries that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body become blocked by an accumulation of cholesterol and other substances. When this occurs in the lower extremities, restricting blood flow to the legs and feet, it can mean problems elsewhere....

  • Vein Clinic

    The Vein Clinic at Washington Regional offers evaluation and treatment of vein disorders that occur primarily in the legs, such as varicose veins, spider veins and venous reflux....