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

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.

New Blood Pressure-Hypertension Guidelines

Under the new guidelines, nearly half of all Americans will have high blood pressure. What does this means for you.

Late last year, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure, or hypertension, effectively putting 46 percent of Americans above the threshold for what is considered safe.

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Garlic Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Roasting salmon on top of Brussels sprouts and garlic, flavored with wine and fresh oregano, is simple enough for a weeknight meal yet sophisticated enough to serve to company. Serve with whole-wheat couscous.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

Total Time: Active 25 min; Ready in 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy

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Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Problems with the veins in the legs may lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a condition that develops over several years, due to faulty valves in the veins. Early symptoms include ankle and leg swelling. If not treated, capillaries in the tissue surrounding diseased veins may burst, causing a reddish-brown skin discoloration. In addition, non-healing sores called venous stasis ulcerations may appear.

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Heart Strong Southwest Power Bowl

Now you can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, thanks to this Heart Strong Southwest Power Bowl. Topped with either Sweet and Spicy Mustard Sauce or Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, this bowl will soon be one of your family favorites.

Recipe courtesy of Kailo Nutrition

Total Time: Prep 20 min, cook  20 min

Yield: 4 servings

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Healthy Diet: Dos and Don’ts

Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women—and claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease can also take an emotional toll, affecting your mood, outlook, and quality of life. While weight control and regular exercise are critical for keeping your heart in shape—the food you eat can matter just as much.

In fact, along with other healthy lifestyle choices, a heart-healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80%. By adopting better eating habits, you may be able to lower cholesterol, prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure, and take greater control over the quality and length of your life.

 

 

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Slow-Cooker Wild Rice Soup

This soul warming, low-fat chicken soup is so easy to make. And what better meal to come home to on a chilly evening than a bowl of this comforting, heart soup? Make it in your slow cooker then serve for dinner with crackers or rolls.

Recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

 

Total Time: Prep 30 min, 6 hours low or 3 hours high

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Patient Testimonial: Cath Lab Procedure

Dear Dr. Ashchi,

I am writing to express my deep appreciation to you for the fabulous care that I received during my “Cath Lab” procedure on Friday, November 3, 2017.

The Prep Area:

I was met at the door by staff member Julia, who promptly escorted me to the “prep” room, where I also met staff member Jarrahlee. The prep room was spacious and well equipped, and it had a very comfortable easy chair waiting for me. Both Julia and Jarrahlee stepped outside while I changed into a gown and sipped on a comfortable pair of socks. Continue reading

The Connection Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Most people living with diabetes are aware that they have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But the statistics can be truly staggering regarding heart disease and the diabetes.

The connection between diabetes and heart disease starts with high blood sugar levels. With time, the high glucose in the bloodstream damages the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard.

Fatty material that builds up on the inside of these blood vessels can eventually block blood flow to the heart or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke. Your risk of heart disease with diabetes is further elevated if you also have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 65 percent of people with diabetes actually die of heart disease or stroke, and a person with diabetes has twice the chance of developing heart disease as someone without diabetes.

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5 Tips to Fight Holiday Stress

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of family gatherings, shopping and parties. Holidays can take a toll – especially on your heart. The holidays are supposed to be carefree, but in fact, holiday stress can increase the risk of heart disease. In more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyopathy are seen around the holiday season.

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy happens when stress hormones weaken the heart’s main pumping chamber. It’s most common in women in their late 50s to mid-70s. Someone experiencing this condition might develop chest pains or shortness of breath. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives, but it is important for the sake of your health to learn how to handle it. Here are five heart-healthy tips for fighting stress this holiday season.

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