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 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.

 

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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

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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