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

Case of the Day – Dr. Majdi Ashchi

Case of the Day - Dr. Majdi Ashchi Picture 1Case of the Day - Dr. Majdi Ashchi Picture 2

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

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoDr. 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

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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

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoIf 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

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoCardiovascular 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

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoChronic 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

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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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8 Tips for a Heart Healthy Diet

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoAlthough you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it’s often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you’ll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

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Stressed Out?

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Everyone feels stress in different ways and reacts to it in different ways. How much stress you experience and how you react to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems — and that’s why it’s critical to know what you can do about it. Stress can affect behaviors and factors that increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating. Some people may choose to drink too much alcohol or smoke cigarettes to “manage” their chronic stress, however these habits can increase blood pressure and may damage artery walls.

A stressful situation sets off a chain of events. Your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that temporarily causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal with the situation — the “fight or flight” response.

When stress is constant, your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time. Chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls.

If you feel like stress is impacting your heart health please call us today at (904) 222-6656.

Courtesy of American Heart Association.

Chicken Avocado BLT Wrap

Ashchi Heart & Vascular Center PhotoWho doesn’t love a BLT? In this Mexican-inspired version, we’ve added chicken and avocado and wrapped it in a tortilla, making it easy to eat.

Recipe courtesy of Eating Well.

Total: 10 min prep; ready in 10 min

Yield: 1 Serving

Level: Easy

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