Category Archives: Health Articles

Compression Stockings for Venous Insufficiency

For patients, one of the most daunting aspects of varicose vein and venous insufficiency treatment is compression stocking or hose wear. Compression stockings gently compress the legs, which may improve blood flow in the veins by preventing backward flow through the veins of the legs.

It is important to note that while compression stockings can help to reduce the symptoms of vein disease (swelling, aching, tired feeling in legs), they do not fix the underlying vein disease (venous insufficiency). Click here to read more about venous insufficiency.

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Change Starts with a Heart-to-Heart: February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age.

The good news? Individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

Talking with your loved ones about heart disease can be awkward, but it’s important. In fact, it could save a life. At the dinner table, in the car or even via text, have a heart-to-heart with your loved ones about improving heart health as a family. Even small changes can make a big difference.

New Blood Pressure-Hypertension Guidelines

Under the new guidelines, nearly half of all Americans will have high blood pressure. What does this means for you.

Late last year, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure, or hypertension, effectively putting 46 percent of Americans above the threshold for what is considered safe.

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Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Problems with the veins in the legs may lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a condition that develops over several years, due to faulty valves in the veins. Early symptoms include ankle and leg swelling. If not treated, capillaries in the tissue surrounding diseased veins may burst, causing a reddish-brown skin discoloration. In addition, non-healing sores called venous stasis ulcerations may appear.

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Healthy Diet: Dos and Don’ts

Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women—and claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease can also take an emotional toll, affecting your mood, outlook, and quality of life. While weight control and regular exercise are critical for keeping your heart in shape—the food you eat can matter just as much.

In fact, along with other healthy lifestyle choices, a heart-healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80%. By adopting better eating habits, you may be able to lower cholesterol, prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure, and take greater control over the quality and length of your life.



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Patient Testimonial: Cath Lab Procedure

Dear Dr. Ashchi,

I am writing to express my deep appreciation to you for the fabulous care that I received during my “Cath Lab” procedure on Friday, November 3, 2017.

The Prep Area:

I was met at the door by staff member Julia, who promptly escorted me to the “prep” room, where I also met staff member Jarrahlee. The prep room was spacious and well equipped, and it had a very comfortable easy chair waiting for me. Both Julia and Jarrahlee stepped outside while I changed into a gown and sipped on a comfortable pair of socks. Continue reading

The Connection Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Most people living with diabetes are aware that they have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But the statistics can be truly staggering regarding heart disease and the diabetes.

The connection between diabetes and heart disease starts with high blood sugar levels. With time, the high glucose in the bloodstream damages the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard.

Fatty material that builds up on the inside of these blood vessels can eventually block blood flow to the heart or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke. Your risk of heart disease with diabetes is further elevated if you also have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 65 percent of people with diabetes actually die of heart disease or stroke, and a person with diabetes has twice the chance of developing heart disease as someone without diabetes.

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5 Tips to Fight Holiday Stress

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of family gatherings, shopping and parties. Holidays can take a toll – especially on your heart. The holidays are supposed to be carefree, but in fact, holiday stress can increase the risk of heart disease. In more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyopathy are seen around the holiday season.

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy happens when stress hormones weaken the heart’s main pumping chamber. It’s most common in women in their late 50s to mid-70s. Someone experiencing this condition might develop chest pains or shortness of breath. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives, but it is important for the sake of your health to learn how to handle it. Here are five heart-healthy tips for fighting stress this holiday season.

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Do You Need Antibiotics Before Your Dental Visit?

You may have heard that heart patients should take antibiotics before they visit the dentist. Certain procedures, such as routine dental cleaning, root canal or tooth extraction, may allow bacteria from the mouth to enter the bloodstream. Rarely, these bacteria can infect the heart valves and lining of the heart, causing them to become inflamed. This inflammation is called infective endocarditis (IE). IE has the potential to cause catastrophic medical problems, including heart failure and leakage of the heart valves.

The American Heart Association recommends that people with certain heart problems take a short-term course of antibiotics before visiting the dentist. The goal is to reduce the risk for IE, an infection of the heart’s lining or valves. Continue reading

When to Worry About a Fast Heart Rate

Experiencing a fast heart rate or Tachycardia can be a worrisome occurrence, especially if you are not aware of why it is taking place. Exercise, air temperature, body position, emotions, body size and medications are all factors that can affect heart rate. But did you know that as you age, changes in the rate and regularity of your pulse can change and may signify a heart condition or other condition that needs to be addressed?

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