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

6 Tips for Lowering Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, you’re also at higher risk for heart disease. But the good news is, it’s a risk you can control. You can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good  HDL cholesterol. You just have to make some simple changes.

Follow these tips to cut your cholesterol and get back on the road to good health.




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Chipotle Pork Tacos

Chipotle Pork Tacos
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light

This simple pork taco recipe highlights traditional Mexican ingredients like cilantro, lime, and chipotle chiles. Cook the corn tortillas over an open gas flame or in a grill pan for chargilled flavor.

Total Time: 20 min
Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos)
Level: Easy

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Save Your Limbs by Restoring Blood Flow

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) results from the build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries of the legs. For most people with PAD, symptoms may be mild or absent, and no treatment of the artery blockages is required. However as these blockages become more extensive, patients may experience pain and disability that limits their walking, and in the most advanced cases individuals may be at risk for amputation unless circulation is improved.

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Heart Attack Symptoms Differ in Women

Myocardial ischaemia, most commonly known as angina, is a heart condition caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is typically caused by heart disease and affects more than 7 million Americans.

Classic angina symptoms include chest pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, sweating, dizziness and pain in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back. However, studies have suggested that symptoms of angina may appear differently in men and women.

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Acceptable Foods for Patients Taking Coumadin

Coumadin, also known as warfarin, is a blood thinner used to treat and prevent blood clots, thus preventing blocked arteries, heart attacks and stroke.

Many foods are safe to eat while taking Coumadin, but some can affect how well your Coumadin works, therefore, it is important to pay attention to what you eat while taking the medication.

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Marmalade Chicken

Marmalade Chicken
Recipe courtesy of Eating Well

Orange marmalade and freshly grated orange zest make a deliciously tangy sauce for quick-cooking chicken tenders. Serve with brown rice.

Total Time: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 20 min

Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

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How much sodium should I eat per day?

What should my daily sodium intake be?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.

Because the average American’s sodium intake is so excessive, even cutting back to no more than 2,400 milligrams a day will significantly improve blood pressure and heart health.

More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker.

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Do you know your numbers?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high. This abnormal blood pressure is what puts stress on the heart and causes premature death.

Blood pressure is read as two numbers, such as 110/70. The first number, or systolic number, indicates the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts in a beat. The second number, or diastolic number, indicates the pressure in your arteries while your heart is at rest between beats.

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How to Do CPR Step-by-Step

Everyone has a role to play in the chain of survival. All bystanders should act quickly and use mobile phones to alert dispatchers, with the ultimate goal of having immediate CPR given to all victims of cardiac arrest.

Untrained bystanders should still call 911 and provide Hands-Only CPR, or CPR without breaths, pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the rate of 100-120 compressions per minute. However, if the bystander is trained in CPR and can perform breaths, he or she should add breaths in a 30:2 compressions-to-breaths ratio.

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Congestive Heart Failure: Treatment

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Heart failure is a chronic disease needing lifelong management. However, with treatment, signs and symptoms of heart failure can improve, and the heart muscle sometimes becomes stronger. Treatment may help you live longer and reduce your chance of dying suddenly. Depending on the symptoms of patient, a combination of medications maybe used including:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These drugs help people with systolic heart failure live longer and feel better. ACE inhibitors are a type of vasodilator, a drug that widens blood vessels to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and decrease the workload on the heart
  • Beta blockers. This class of drugs not only slows your heart rate and reduces blood pressure but also limits or reverses some of the damage to your heart if you have systolic heart failure. Examples include carvedilol (Coreg), metoprolol. These medicines reduce the risk of some abnormal heart rhythms and lessen your chance of dying unexpectedly. Beta blockers may reduce signs and symptoms of heart failure, improve heart function, and help you live longer.

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