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

Strawberry, Basil, & Lime Infused Water

Meet your daily hydration goals with a refreshing fruity spa water. Adding sliced fruit and torn herbs is a simple way to boost the flavor of still or sparkling water without adding calories.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

Total: 15 min prep; ready in 4h 15 min

Yield: 5 Servings

Level: Easy

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July is Mental Health Awareness Month

Often times when we think of heart disease we think of
physical activities – a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking,
and excessive drinking. These physical activities do heighten
the risk of cardiovascular problems, but your thoughts,
attitudes, and emotions are just as important. In addition to
accelerating the onset of heart disease, they can get in the
way of taking positive steps to improve your health or that of a loved one.

Heart disease has many mind-body connections. Prolonged
stress due to daily pressures can contribute to abnormally
high blood pressure and circulation problems. How you
handle stress influences how your cardiovascular system
responds.

If you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of managing the
behaviors associated with heart disease please call us today
at (904) 222-6656.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure

The New York Post shares a story of, Perry Cimons, then 76 and a retired pharmacist from Yonkers, N.Y., underwent open-heart surgery to replace his deteriorating aortic valve. He spent eight days in the hospital and was back to normal after two months. His was the usual treatment for an otherwise healthy patient: Cut into the chest through the rib cage, then go directly into the heart and swap the bad valve for a good one.

“I was pretty sore, but the pain went away over time, and by the first week of January I was back on the treadmill,” he says.

Within the next few years, based on the results of a study now underway, people like my brother
might be able to choose a less-invasive option that would get them home within three days and take
half the recovery time, although, as with most procedures, there are risks.

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Smoking Increases Your Risk of Heart Disease

Smoking is the single most preventable risk factor of premature death in the United States.

Although most people know about the connection between smoking and lung disease, many underestimate the damage that cigarettes have on your body, especially the heart and cardiovascular system. In fact, more smokers die from heart disease or stroke than from lung cancer.

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Granola & Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

These fun yogurt pops studded with fresh berries make a great on-the-go breakfast for a busy morning—perfect for kids and adults alike.

 

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

Total: 20 min prep; ready in 8h 20 min

Yield: 6 Servings

Level: Easy

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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.