Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center offers articles on the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases (arteries and veins) and a lifestyle blog, including easy-to-share healthy recipes

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Please stay safe this summer. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:

 

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

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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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Raspberry Spoonbread

Raspberry Spoonbread
Recipe courtesy of EatingWell

A traditional Southern favorite, spoonbread is a typically savory dish that’s like a cross between a soufflé and cornbread. Here we transform the simple ingredients into a comforting dessert with the addition of summer’s best raspberries and pure Vermont maple syrup. Any type of cornmeal will work, but the texture that stone-ground provides is delicious.

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Nuclear Heart Scan

A nuclear heart scan evaluates the heart for coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy. It may also be used to help determine whether the heart has been damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

 

 

 

 

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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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Glazed Pork Kebab and Sesame Rice

Glazed Pork Kebab and Sesame Rice
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

Get out there and fire up the grill for pork kabobs, a tasty alternative to chicken and beef. These skewers will make quite the impression, whether at your next barbecue or around the family dinner table.

 

Total Time: 30 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

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Quit Smoking: Improve Your Health

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of coronary heart disease is to avoid tobacco smoke. Don’t ever start smoking. If you already smoke, quit. No matter how much or how long you’ve smoked, quitting will benefit you.

 

 

 

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