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

Do You Need Antibiotics Before Your Dental Visit?

You may have heard that heart patients should take antibiotics before they visit the dentist. Certain procedures, such as routine dental cleaning, root canal or tooth extraction, may allow bacteria from the mouth to enter the bloodstream. Rarely, these bacteria can infect the heart valves and lining of the heart, causing them to become inflamed. This inflammation is called infective endocarditis (IE). IE has the potential to cause catastrophic medical problems, including heart failure and leakage of the heart valves.

The American Heart Association recommends that people with certain heart problems take a short-term course of antibiotics before visiting the dentist. The goal is to reduce the risk for IE, an infection of the heart’s lining or valves. Continue reading

When to Worry About a Fast Heart Rate

Experiencing a fast heart rate or Tachycardia can be a worrisome occurrence, especially if you are not aware of why it is taking place. Exercise, air temperature, body position, emotions, body size and medications are all factors that can affect heart rate. But did you know that as you age, changes in the rate and regularity of your pulse can change and may signify a heart condition or other condition that needs to be addressed?

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Sweet Potato Nachos

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Sweet Potato Nachos

Sweet Potato Nachos

Courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart Program

Craving a crunchy, savory snack? These baked sweet potato crisps with tasty toppings are a lighter take on nachos.

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the Deadliest Disease No One Knows About, Puts Life & Limb at Risk

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 18 million people in the United States suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a common circulatory problem in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs and limbs. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries limiting blood flow to your organs and other parts of your body.

Approximately 160,000 to 180,000 of the estimated 18 million Americans with PAD will undergo a limb amputation as result of PAD-related condition this year, resulting in lower quality of life, high medical costs, and shorter life expectancy. But even with these alarming numbers, general population awareness of PAD is estimated at only 25 percent.

As a vascular specialist, Majdi Ashchi, DO, FACC, FSCAI, FABVM, FSVM has treated hundreds of PAD patients over the course of his 30-year career, so he knows the importance of recognizing PAD as soon as possible. With today’s technology, minimally invasive procedures can be performed in our outpatient cath lab to improve artery flow significantly and ultimately save limbs.

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Chest Pains During Exercise

Whether you’ve just started a new exercise program, or are trying to reach new fitness goals, you may find yourself experiencing some degree of chest pains. Yes, your workouts should feel challenging, but chest pain during a workout is never normal.

If you are experiencing chest pain during a workout, stop, let someone know, and call 911. If you exercise regularly and experience extreme fatigue or shortness of breath that is atypical for you, these could also be warning signs of underlying heart disease.

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Baked Chicken Strips

Baked Chicken Strips with Microwave Green Beans

Courtesy of the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart Program

Here’s a healthy twist on a fast food favorite! Whole grains are hiding in these oven-baked chicken strips breaded with whole-wheat flour and oats, for a tasty crunch kids (and adults!) will love.

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Speaking the Language of Healthcare

Language barriers can make it more difficult for patients to receive effective medical care. Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center extends our commitment to personalized health care by meeting the unique cultural needs of our patients. Our staff speaks multiple languages including Arabic, Bosnian, English, Hebrew, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog. If you would like to have a medical interpreter during your appointment, please let us know your needs when scheduling your appointment.

Chronic Total Occlusion Interventions

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center offers a highly advanced innovative approach to treat patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO), called chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention (CTO PCI). CTO PCI is a minimally invasive procedure performed by experienced cardiac interventionalists with specialized training in advanced methods to treat CTO blockages; at present, only 1-2% of cardiac interventionalists in the U.S. can perform the full range of CTO PCI. In our practice, Sonny Achtchi, DO brings experience in performing CTO interventions for patients with complete blockages of the coronary arteries.

 

 

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Does Heart Disease Run in Your Family?

If your mom or dad had a heart attack, you might wonder if that’s going to happen to you, too. But your family’s history doesn’t have to become your future.

When it comes to your heart health, knowing your family history can be every bit as important as a diagnosis from a cardiovascular specialist or your primary care physician. Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid both heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in America.

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Barbecue Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

Barbecue Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

Recipe courtesy of Cupcakes & Kale Chips

A healthy combination of your favorite flavors that is perfect for a cool dinner or lunches all week. All whole grain and gluten free, and high protein and healthy-like, but it takes like barbecue and ranch and yum!

 

 

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