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
It has come to our attention that some of you may have recently received letters from your insurance provider implying that Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center, PA is no longer in network with your insurance provider. This is not the case. Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center, PA remains in network with all major insurance plans. There have been no changes to the insurances we are in network with.
The letters were sent to notify you that Dr. Ahsan “Sonny” Achtchi is no longer participating in those plans, as he is no longer in the with the practice or in the Jacksonville area.
If you have any questions regarding accepted insurances, please check with us first. We will let you know if we accept the insurance plan.
We apologize for any confusion.
The Staff at Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center
Case of the Day:
This patient came in with a completely occluded femoral artery. Dr. Mohannad Bisharat and the cath lab staff at AHV were able to open the femoral artery and restore blood flow. The patient was able to go home a few hours after the outpatient procedure.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which blocked arteries reduce blood flow to your arms or legs.
When you develop PAD, your extremities cannot receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. The most common symptom of PAD is leg pain or cramping (claudication).
PAD is also likely a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis) throughout your body. This condition may indicate reduced blood flow to other systems in your body like your heart and brain.
This elegant steak dinner for two features asparagus drizzled with a bright chimichurri sauce. A bed of cauliflower rice sops all the extra juices, but you could stir the herby sauce into the rice for extra flavor. This dish is easy enough for a weeknight dinner but delicious enough for date night or a dinner party.
Recipe courtesy of EatingWell.
Prep time: 40 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yield: 2 servings
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.
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
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.
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.