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

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

This 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

Take 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

What 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.

Case of the Day – Dr. Majdi Ashchi

The left picture shows severe blockages in left leg arteries . Patient has an ulcer / wound on left leg. The right picture shows left leg arteries below knee after Dr. Ashchi and the team did laser atherectomy or treatment followed by balloon angioplasty. The patient felt much better once we were done. We anticipate complete healing of their wound.

Case of the Day – Dr. Mohannad Bisharat

Dr. Mohannad Bisharat and the outstanding team at Ashchi Heart & Vascular were able to fix the sever left iliac vessel disease with a balloon expanding stent. The patient was up and walking a few hours later and was able to go home that day!

 

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

The following statistics speak loud and clear that there is a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes.

  • At least 68 percent of people age 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease; and 16% die of stroke.
  • Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes.
  • The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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Light and Luscious Pumpkin Pie

If pumpkin pie is a must for the holidays, this version fulfills that holiday tradition without derailing your meal plan.

Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.

Prep time: 35 min

Ready in: 1 hr 45 min

Yield: 10 servings

Calories: 187 cals

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Cardiovascular Disease and Breast Cancer

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of mortality in women, yet many people perceive breast cancer to be the number one threat to women’s health. CVD and breast cancer have several overlapping risk factors, such as obesity and smoking.

 

Additionally, current breast cancer treatments can have a negative impact on cardiovascular health (eg, left ventricular dysfunction, accelerated CVD), and for women with pre-existing CVD, this might influence cancer treatment decisions by both the patient and the provider. Improvements in early detection and treatment of breast cancer have led to an increasing number of breast cancer survivors who are at risk of long-term cardiac complications from cancer treatments. For older women, CVD poses a greater mortality threat than breast cancer itself.

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center has cardiology experts on staff who specialize in managing, diagnosing and treating CVD. 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.For more information about the link between CVD and breast cancer email us today.

Source American Heart Association