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

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

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common cause of leg pain and swelling, and is commonly associated with varicose veins. It occurs when the valves of the veins do not function properly, and the circulation of blood in the leg veins is impaired. CVI may affect up to 20 percent of adults. CVI can be caused by damaged valves in the veins or vein blockage. Both may be a result of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. If a clot forms in the superficial veins, there is a very low risk of DVT occurring.
Over time, CVI may result in varicose veins, swelling and discoloration of the legs, itching and the development of ulcers near the ankles. Vein problems are among the most common chronic conditions in North America. In fact, more people lose work time from vein disorders than from artery disease. By the age of 50, nearly 40 percent of women and 20 percent of men have significant leg vein problems. Spider veins occur much more frequently in women. It is estimated that at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose vein.
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No-Bake Energy Bites

This is a healthy take on the traditional no bake cookies. So good and good for you!They are a hit with the kids and the adults, and always go quick! You can store them in the freezer, they also taste great frozen!

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.

Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Yield: 94 servings

Calories: 94 cals

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8 Tips for a Heart Healthy Diet

Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it’s often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you’ll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

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Stressed Out?

Everyone feels stress in different ways and reacts to it in different ways. How much stress you experience and how you react to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems — and that’s why it’s critical to know what you can do about it. Stress can affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. Some people may choose to drink too much alcohol or smoke cigarettes to “manage” their chronic stress, however these habits can increase blood pressure and may damage artery walls.

A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal with the situation — the “fight or flight” response.

When stress is constant, your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time. Chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls.

If you feel like stress is impacting your heart health please call us today at (904) 222-6656.

Courtesy of American Heart Association.

Chicken Avocado BLT Wrap

Who doesn’t love a BLT? In this Mexican-inspired version, we’ve added chicken and avocado and wrapped it in a tortilla, making it easy to eat.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well.

Total: 10 min prep; ready in 10 min

Yield: 1 Serving

Level: Easy

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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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