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

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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Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups

Buns are great for burgers and brats, but when you just need something a little lighter and brighter, fresh lettuce wraps are a delicious option for lunch or dinner. Delicious, easy and bursting with flavor–there’s so much to love about these Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps.

Recipe courtesy of Women’s Day

Total: 20 min

Yield: 4 Servings

Level: Easy

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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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Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

You gotta have heart…artichoke hearts, that is. March 16th is National Artichoke Hearts Day and we are celebrating by posting this recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

Artichokes are healthy and a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate and magnesium. High in fiber, calcium, and protein, they are also low in calories cholesterol-free.

When you need a snack that won’t weigh you or your guests down, try this hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It comes together about as quickly as it will disappear.

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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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Garlic Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Roasting salmon on top of Brussels sprouts and garlic, flavored with wine and fresh oregano, is simple enough for a weeknight meal yet sophisticated enough to serve to company. Serve with whole-wheat couscous.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

Total Time: Active 25 min; Ready in 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy

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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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Heart Strong Southwest Power Bowl

Now you can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, thanks to this Heart Strong Southwest Power Bowl. Topped with either Sweet and Spicy Mustard Sauce or Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, this bowl will soon be one of your family favorites.

Recipe courtesy of Kailo Nutrition

Total Time: Prep 20 min, cook  20 min

Yield: 4 servings

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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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