Category Archives: Health Articles

Chronic Total Occlusion Interventions

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center offers a highly advanced innovative approach to treat patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO), called chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO PCI). CTO PCI is a minimally invasive procedure performed by experienced cardiac interventionalists with specialized training in advanced methods to treat CTO blockages; at present, only 1-2% of cardiac interventionalists in the U.S. can perform the full range of CTO PCI. In our practice, Sonny Achtchi, DO brings experience in performing CTO interventions for patients with complete blockages of the coronary arteries.

 

 

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Does Heart Disease Run in Your Family?

If your mom or dad had a heart attack, you might wonder if that’s going to happen to you, too. But your family’s history doesn’t have to become your future.

When it comes to your heart health, knowing your family history can be every bit as important as a diagnosis from a cardiovascular specialist or your primary care physician. Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid both heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in America.

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Heart Disease Expert, Dr. Anton Lishmanov, Joins Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center

Heart Disease Expert with Innovative and Cutting Edge Training on Valve Disease, Coronary Artery and Peripheral Vascular Disease

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center is pleased to announce the joining of Anton Lishmanov, MD, PhD, an endovascular and structural heart disease cardiologist. As a structural heart cardiologist, he specializes in the evaluation, detection and treatment of heart valve disease — heart murmurs, congenitally malformed valves, “blocked” or stenosed valves; “leaky” or insufficient/regurgitant valves as well as failed or malfunctioning prosthetic heart valves. He also specializes in repairing defects or “holes” in the heart such as atrial septal defect (ASD), patent foramen ovale (PFO) or patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). These defects or abnormal valves can be congenital or caused by disease such as “wear and tear.”

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Lishmanov join our team. He is by far one of the best-trained structural heart disease experts in Northeast Florida having performed a large volume of complex to simple coronary procedures in some of the finest teachings centers in the USA.

Dr. Lishmanov’s training includes an internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri followed by an advanced fellowship in cardiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and an Advanced Interventional Cardiovascular Fellowship with endovascular and structural heart experience at the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, cardiac critical care medicine and board eligible in interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. He is fluent in English and Russian.

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Have you Used Our Online Patient Portal?

In compliance with the federal government’s Meaningful Use Initiative, we provide our patients (and/or a patient-authorized user) access to their patient records electronically. Having this electronic access through your personal, secured email will allow you to review your personal health record whenever and wherever you have access to the Internet.

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Peripheral Artery Disease – Thomas’ Story

Thomas, an 81-year-old retiree, suffered from peripheral artery disease and claudication, cramping pain in the leg caused by too little blood flow. At first, the pain was noticeable only when exercising, but it progressed enough to affect him when he was at rest. He also developed discolored skin and gangrene toes from his blood flow being severely reduced.

In peripheral artery disease, the arteries that supply blood to your limbs are damaged, usually as a result of atherosclerosis or hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can develop in any of your arteries, especially those in your heart. When atherosclerosis affects your arms and legs, it’s called peripheral artery disease.

Not only did the blockages in Thomas’ arteries cause him debilitating symptoms, but they were also putting his life at risk. Thomas was anticipating a leg amputation.

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Importance of Getting Zs

Does your work or home schedule keep you up late? Do you feel like you rarely get enough sleep? Research shows that not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of heart disease. It’s time to make sure you’re getting the sleep you need. Even if you can’t change your work time or schedule, there are steps you can take.

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Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease

In most instances, heart murmurs are harmless. However, some heart murmurs can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition.

When blood flows normally through the heart valves, it makes a two-beat “lub-lub” sound. With a murmur, the blood is not flowing normally through the heart valves, and your physician may hear through a stethoscope any of a variety of “swishing” sounds that can differ in volume, pitch and duration.

Murmurs can be caused by a heart valve abnormality or a defect in the muscular structure of the heart. Some heart murmurs are not considered a problem and may be referred to as “innocent murmurs.”

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Up to 80 Percent of Strokes can be Prevented

On average in the U.S., one person dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult disability. But there is good news: Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

The first step to preventing a stroke is to identify conditions that can increase your risk for stroke. Talk to your healthcare professional to learn how to treat and manage any of these conditions.

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