Monthly Archives: September 2015

Nuclear Stress Testing Saves Lives

Majdi Ashchi, DO, FACC, FSCAI, FABVM, FSVM
Medical Director

Also known as a thallium stress test, myocardial perfusion scan or radionuclide test, a nuclear stress test provides cardiac physicians with vital information regarding the health of the heart.

As co-anchor of The Morning Show on WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Bruce Hamilton always has a full schedule. So perhaps it’s not surprising that he didn’t pay much attention to his chest pain at first.

“Like most guys, I’m one to ignore symptoms and not want to go to the doctor,” he confides. “I had fairly classic symptoms of chest pains radiating down my left arm. I work some very odd hours, starting about three o’clock in the morning and ending sometimes around one or two in the afternoon. I thought it was just the usual daily life stresses that were getting to me.”

Bruce didn’t do anything about it, but others observed his reaction to the pain and urged him to seek medical attention. Continue reading

Is Your Cardiologist Board Certified?

Majdi Ashchi, DO, FACC, FSCAI, FABVM, FSVM

Medical Director

Physicians who wish to demonstrate their specific expertise do so through a process known as medical specialty or board certification.

In the United States there are competency requirements for obtaining a medical license to diagnose and treat patients; however, these are generally not specialty specific. Board certification, a voluntary process, demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Each board’s recertification process ensures lifelong learning and competency.

According to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which certifies approximately one quarter of the practicing physicians in the United States, board certification is a testament to the physician having the essential skills for the delivery of excellent patient care. While there are several boards through which a physician may be certified, a common thread exists in the mission of each – accountability to the medical field and to the public. This is one reason most boards have a feature through which the public may verify a physician’s certification. Continue reading

Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

Majdi Ashchi, DO, FACC, FSCAI, FABVM, FSVMperipheral_arterial_disease

Medical Director


What is P.A.D.?

P.A.D. is short for Peripheral Arterial Disease. The term P.A.D. encompasses a large series of disorders that affect arterial beds exclusive of the coronary arteries. People have P.A.D. when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. When leg arteries are hardened and clogged, blood flow to the legs and feet is reduced. Some people call this poor circulation.

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Breakfast is important

Apple-cinnamon-QuinoaWe’ve all been told, breakfast is the most important meal of the day but often many of us skip it. We are busy with our daily schedules whether it be getting ready for work, running errands, taking care of loved ones, the list is endless. Unfortunately, we place ourselves on the “back burner” in order to accomplish the tasks that we must and our health takes a lesser priority. We find ourselves in the fast food drive through, ordering nutrient poor foods that leave us empty of nutrition and our bodies actually starving. Or even worse, we skip the meal altogether and find ourselves ravenous come the next meal time and gorge on even more calories than we intended to eat. Not only does this habit lead to weight gain, but poorer health overall. Continue reading

Tuscan Chicken, Kale and White Bean Stew

Chicken and Kale stewThere are several marketing terms and ploys that are thrown around along with misleading food labeling nowadays trying to define what is “healthy” for us. Eating healthy and “clean” does not have to be nearly as complicated as the multi-billion-dollar diet industry will have us believe. The simplest way to explain what healthy foods are is to just remember to “eat foods FROM a plant, not made IN a plant.” In other words, limit processed foods to a bare minimum, if at all, and consume whole foods.

This Tuscan Chicken, Kale and White Bean Stew is a simple, yet delicious recipe, providing plenty of nutrition.

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