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

Importance of Getting Zs

Does your work or home schedule keep you up late? Do you feel like you rarely get enough sleep? Research shows that not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of heart disease. It’s time to make sure you’re getting the sleep you need. Even if you can’t change your work time or schedule, there are steps you can take.

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Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease

In most instances, heart murmurs are harmless. However, some heart murmurs can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition.

When blood flows normally through the heart valves, it makes a two-beat “lub-lub” sound. With a murmur, the blood is not flowing normally through the heart valves, and your physician may hear through a stethoscope any of a variety of “swishing” sounds that can differ in volume, pitch and duration.

Murmurs can be caused by a heart valve abnormality or a defect in the muscular structure of the heart. Some heart murmurs are not considered a problem and may be referred to as “innocent murmurs.”

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Up to 80 Percent of Strokes can be Prevented

On average in the U.S., one person dies from stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult disability. But there is good news: Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

The first step to preventing a stroke is to identify conditions that can increase your risk for stroke. Talk to your healthcare professional to learn how to treat and manage any of these conditions.

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Glazed Pork Kebab and Sesame Rice

Glazed Pork Kebab and Sesame Rice
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

Get out there and fire up the grill for pork kabobs, a tasty alternative to chicken and beef. These skewers will make quite the impression, whether at your next barbecue or around the family dinner table.

 

Total Time: 30 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

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Quit Smoking: Improve Your Health

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of coronary heart disease is to avoid tobacco smoke. Don’t ever start smoking. If you already smoke, quit. No matter how much or how long you’ve smoked, quitting will benefit you.

 

 

 

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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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