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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

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Typical green bean casseroles bathe ingredients in a heavy cream sauce and top them with buttered breadcrumbs or cheese. Our healthier version saves about 160 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat compared to a traditional recipe.

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.

Ready in: 1 hour

Yield: 8 servings

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Sudden Cardiac Death in Young People

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Insurance Announcement

Dear Patient’s,

It has come to our attention that some of you may have recently received letters from your insurance provider implying that Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center, PA is no longer in network with your insurance provider. This is not the case. Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center, PA remains in network with all major insurance plans. There have been no changes to the insurances we are in network with.

The letters were sent to notify you that Dr. Ahsan “Sonny” Achtchi is no longer participating in those plans, as he is no longer in the with the practice or in the Jacksonville area.  

If you have any questions regarding accepted insurances, please check with us first. We will let you know if we accept the insurance plan.

We apologize for any confusion.

Thank you!

The Staff at Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center

Case of the Day – Dr. Bisharat

Case of the Day - Dr. BisharatCase of the Day:

This patient came in with a completely occluded femoral artery. Dr. Mohannad Bisharat and the cath lab staff at AHV were able to open the femoral artery and restore blood flow. The patient was able to go home a few hours after the outpatient procedure.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which blocked arteries reduce blood flow to your arms or legs.

When you develop PAD, your extremities cannot receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. The most common symptom of PAD is leg pain or cramping (claudication).

PAD is also likely a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis) throughout your body. This condition may indicate reduced blood flow to other systems in your body like your heart and brain.

Let’s Talk About Sex

One of my patients recently asked me whether men or women fare worse when it comes to heart disease. My reply was, “It depends on which heart disease you are talking about.” Indeed, there are many different kinds of heart conditions and some do have sex-specific differences in demographics, prognosis, and treatment. I have been practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiology in Jacksonville area for more than 10 years. In this sub-specialty of cardiology, the main focus is managing patients with various types of electrical (rhythm) disorders. I would like to take this opportunity to summarize some important differences between women and men with respect to both the normal (physiologic) and abnormal (pathophysiologic) conditions of heart rhythm.
Women as a group have a slightly faster resting heart rate compared to men across all age groups. In addition, the time needed for heart cells to repolarize (electrically relax) after each heartbeat is slightly longer (by several milliseconds) in women than in men. This has an important implication with respect to an increased tendency for certain type of potentially life-threatening arrhythmia (rhythm disturbance) to affect women (discussed later). These and other subtle differences in electrical parameters are known to be the effect of female hormone estrogen. Male hormone testosterone has an opposite effect. I have described below several common arrhythmia conditions that I have encountered in my clinical practice that have distinct gender difference in prevalence.

 

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Electrophysiology Comprehensive Diagnoses & Treatment

Electrophysiology Comprehensive Diagnoses & Treatment

Welcome Robert Kim, MD

Director of Electrophysiology

It is with great pleasure to announce the joining of Dr. Robert Kim to Ashchi Heart & Vascular. Dr. Kim is a world known Electrophysiologist. In addition to his great experience, Dr. Kim is a Jacksonville local.
He is an expert in treating all aspect of Electrophysiology including pace makers , defibrillators, as well as other variety of monitors. Dr. Kim is very well respected in the community and nationally among his peers and patients as a top notch expert in atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia medical management and through ablations. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating all types of arrhythmia’s, syncope, palpitations and managing all types of devices. He will be starting to see patients in late May at our offices and performing procedures in different hospitals in NE Florida.
He will offer a whole new dimension to our group, patients and hospital. We are so excited to be able to expand our services to our patients.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Kim to the Ashchi Heart & Vascular team. We know he will be a great addition!

Flank Steak with Chimichurri, Asparagus & Cauliflower Rice

Flank Steak with Chimichurri, Asparagus & Cauliflower RiceThis elegant steak dinner for two features asparagus drizzled with a bright chimichurri sauce. A bed of cauliflower rice sops all the extra juices, but you could stir the herby sauce into the rice for extra flavor. This dish is easy enough for a weeknight dinner but delicious enough for date night or a dinner party.

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.

Prep time: 40 min

Ready in: 40 min

Yield: 2 servings

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What You Need to Know Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose vein treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help ease varicose vein related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. In addition to that, sclerotherapy. Is also available to treat such abnormality, in which the vein is injected with a sclerosing agent or other substances that causesthe veins to scar and close. The scar tissue is absorbed by the body over time.

Our center is proud to be one of the first centers in the area that uses the most advanced technology of VenaSeal, The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only nontumescent, non-thermal, non-sclerosant procedure that uses a proprietary medical adhesive delivered endovenously to close the vein. This unique approach eliminates the risk of nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein, which is a risk sometimes associated with certain thermal-based procedures.1 Clinical studies have demonstrated that the procedure is safe and effective.1-4 The procedure is administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, avoiding patient discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks and the tissue damage that can be caused by the thermal or laser therapy.

Varicose veins are abnormally large veins commonly seen in the legs. Normally, blood circulates from the heart to the legs via arteries and back to the heart through veins. Veins contain one-way valves which allow blood to return from the legs against gravity. If the valves leak, blood pools in the veins, and they can become enlarged or varicose.

Endovenous ablation is an imageguided, minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. It uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize (burn) and close the abnormal veins leading to varicose veins. Now a days, Insurance covers varicose vein ablation because of the considerable discomfort this condition can cause, and because of the condition’s link to more chronic and serious venous conditions. In addition to the very high prevalence of this disease among men and women equally, it has been shown to cause significant discomfort and disability related to pain, inability to stand for long period of time and the lost working days as a consequence.

 

Click here to learn more about Varicose Vein Treatment from Dr. Bisharat.

Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip

Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch DipTake your veggies and dip to the next level with this colorful crudité wreath. This vegetable appetizer is a stunner with white cauliflower, red tomatoes and green broccoli, green beans, snap peas, kale and Brussels sprouts. It’s also a delicious way to start your celebration with veggies (which there are rarely enough of at parties and holidays). The homemade ranch dip, which uses nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, takes just a few minutes to make, or you can use a healthy store-bought dip.

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.

Prep time: 25 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yield: 28 servings

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An Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

An Alternative to Open Heart SurgeryWhat use to be thought would require open heart surgery is quickly becoming no longer the case. Since 1999 research has shown the success of Interventional Cardiology and minimally invasive approaches to patients for complex disease. There is now a more simple solution for a complex problems.

Check out the full article here by Drs. Lishmanov and Patel.

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