Brenda C. Peart, M.D., FACC, FCCP
Huntington, West Virginia claims the hometown honors for Dr. Peart. She attended Huntington High School, where she graduated with top honors, and moved on to major in chemistry at Marshall University. Marshall U. also saw her through Medical School, Internship and finally her Cardiology Fellowship. Dr. Peart chose Tucson for her Residency program in Internal Medicine and after finishing her Cardiology Fellowship, she promptly returned to the “Old Pueblo” to set up practice as the first female cardiologist in southern Arizona.
Dr. Peart is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Cardiovascular Disease. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the Pima County Medical Society.
Fifty research trials have Dr. Peart as the principal investigator or sub- investigator. These research trials include multi- center studies of cardiac pharmaceuticals and cardiac procedures. Research studies and their outcomes are important to Dr. Peart and Southwest Heart in order to stay abreast in a world of rapid medical advances and to produce and deliver life-changing information.
As an Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Peart is trained and credentialed to perform many complex procedures in the hospital environment. She is Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and is also the director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. St. Joseph’s hospital is listed in the “Top One Hundred Hospitals in the United States”. Dr. Peart initiated the first and only certified EECP (external enhanced counter pulsation – an effective treatment for inoperable coronary artery disease and heart failure) in southern Arizona. She also brought the only electronic beam CT scanner to southern Arizona and built a preventative medicine and imaging center around it. Prevention of cardiovascular disease as well as early detection of disease is a top priority for Dr. Peart and Southwest Heart.
Of personal interest, Dr. Peart is truly a caretaker for lost and unwanted animals, particularly cats. She has several cats, most of them rescued, treated for medical problems, and then given a loving home by herself or other caring families. She is an active supporter of the Tucson Humane Society.
Dr. Peart’s professional interests include complementary alternative medicine and preventative medicine. Women’s cardiovascular health is of special interest to her. “Cardiovascular disease not only presents differently in women, but is especially insidious in its progression, probably because it is often diagnosed so late in the process. Preventing, diagnosing early on, and treating the disease on an individual basis is my goal, not only for Southwest Heart, but for the entire community. This disease is the number one killer of all women. Educating the community to this fact is the first step in stopping needless early death and suffering from heart disease in half our population, our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends”.