Category Archives: Health Articles

July is Mental Health Awareness Month

Often times when we think of heart disease we think of
physical activities – a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking,
and excessive drinking. These physical activities do heighten
the risk of cardiovascular problems, but your thoughts,
attitudes, and emotions are just as important. In addition to
accelerating the onset of heart disease, they can get in the
way of taking positive steps to improve your health or that of a loved one.

Heart disease has many mind-body connections. Prolonged
stress due to daily pressures can contribute to abnormally
high blood pressure and circulation problems. How you
handle stress influences how your cardiovascular system
responds.

If you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of managing the
behaviors associated with heart disease please call us today
at (904) 222-6656.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure

The New York Post shares a story of, Perry Cimons, then 76 and a retired pharmacist from Yonkers, N.Y., underwent open-heart surgery to replace his deteriorating aortic valve. He spent eight days in the hospital and was back to normal after two months. His was the usual treatment for an otherwise healthy patient: Cut into the chest through the rib cage, then go directly into the heart and swap the bad valve for a good one.

“I was pretty sore, but the pain went away over time, and by the first week of January I was back on the treadmill,” he says.

Within the next few years, based on the results of a study now underway, people like my brother
might be able to choose a less-invasive option that would get them home within three days and take
half the recovery time, although, as with most procedures, there are risks.

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Smoking Increases Your Risk of Heart Disease

Smoking is the single most preventable risk factor of premature death in the United States.

Although most people know about the connection between smoking and lung disease, many underestimate the damage that cigarettes have on your body, especially the heart and cardiovascular system. In fact, more smokers die from heart disease or stroke than from lung cancer.

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What is Structural Heart Disease?

Structural heart disease is a defect or abnormality of the heart that is non-coronary, meaning that it does not affect the blood vessels in the heart. Many structural heart conditions are congenital (present at birth), but these abnormalities can also form later in life due to wear and tear from aging, infection or result from another underlying condition. The three most common congenital heart diseases are: bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), atrial septal defect (ASD), patent foramen ovale (PFO), and coarctation or narrowing of the thoracic aorta.

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center has cardiology experts on staff who specialize in managing congenital conditions as well as diagnosing and treating acquired structural heart conditions. We use the latest technology and techniques to deliver the highest quality, patient-centric care. We also welcome patients seeking second opinions on their treatment options.

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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