Originally posted on nba.com/suns  |  Last updated 10/13/11
The Sarver Heart Center is known as one of the top heart research centers in the United States. What few people know is the story behind how that building was given its namesake. The center, which was first known as the University Heart Center when it was built at the University of Arizona in 1986, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Also referred to as cardiovascular disease, which generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke, heart disease is currently the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. However, after 12 years of operation, the center changed its name to the Sarver Heart Center in recognition of the generous support from the Sarver family in 1998. Although buildings are often renamed after benevolent donors, the Sarvers' interest in the center's development went much further than financial. While known in the business world as the Chairman and CEO of Western
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