On December 3rd, Electrophysiologist from First Coast Heart and Vascular, Dr. Neil K. Sanghvi, spoke at Flagler Hospital regarding AFib and the Watchman procedure.
WATCHMAN is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvuar AFib) who need an alternative to blood thinners.
Non-valvular Afib can mean a lifetime of blood thinners. It can also mean a lifetime of worry about issues like bleeds and falls. More than 100,000 people have left blood thinners behind with WATCHMAN.
How WATCHMAN Works
To understand how WATCHMAN works, it helps to know more about the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke.
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, affects your heart’s ability to pump blood normally. This can cause blood to pool in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage, or LAA. There, blood cells can stick together and form a clot. When a blood clot escapes from the LAA and travels to another part of the body, it can cut off the blood supply to the brain, causing a stroke.1,2
In people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, more than 90% of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are formed in the LAA.1 That’s why closing off this part of the heart is an effective way to reduce stroke risk.
The WATCHMAN Implant fits right into your LAA. It’s designed to permanently close it off and keep those blood clots from escaping. WATCHMAN is about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many other medical implants.
Science always looks for ways to make effective treatments even better. WATCHMAN is no exception. The WATCHMAN FLX design is an advancement that enables the implant to fit a greater number of patients, giving more people than ever a safe, effective alternative to blood thinners should they need one.
In a clinical trial, 96% of people were able to stop taking blood thinners just 45 days after the WATCHMAN procedure.3
Incredible work being done at First Coast Heart and Vascular! Dr Sunil Singh had an 84 year old male patient, with a failing surgical mitral valve along with increasing heart failure symptoms. He performed the minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve replacement with an Edwards Sapien S3 valve. Patient is expected to see a great improvement in his heart failure symptoms! To learn more about Dr Singh or any of our wonderful doctors, please visit https://www.firstcoastheart.com/our-physicians/
To make an appointment at any one of our 9 locations, please call: Duval: (904) 423-0010 Clay: (904) 375-8100 St. Johns: (904) 342-8300 Flagler and Putnam: (386) 446-9966
BIG NEWS!!! FCHV is excited to announce that starting August 20th, Cardiologist Dr Christopher Edwards will be seeing patients monthly at Express Family Care of Palatka, at 6500 Crill Ave Palatka, FL 32177. First Coast Heart and Vascular is proud to bring this expert cardiologist with extensive experience in Vascular Disease, to Putnam County. Dr. Edwards will continue to see patients in Palm Coast and St. Augustine as well. Our Putnam county patients can call 386-446-9966 to make an appointment with Dr Edwards at this new Palatka location. To learn more about Dr Christopher Edwards, please visit: https://www.firstcoastheart.com/physicians/christopher-edwards-do-facc/
Dr. Ameeth Vedre, a General Cardiologist for First Coast Heart and Vascular, will be presenting an educational webinar on Monday, July 27th at 12:30 pm. The topic will be: Cardiovascular Prevention 2020: The Other Pandemic. There will be a chance to ask questions via chat, so bring your all your cardiology questions for Dr. Vedre!
First Coast Heart and Vascular has started a Heart Failure- Device Clinic. Supervised by our 3 Electrophysiologists, Dr. Dinesh Pubbi, Dr. Neil Sanghvi, and Dr. Nicholas Mandalakas, and cardiac device clinic manager, Paul Begley, we are monitoring specific heart failure diagnostics in our implanted devices to help catch symptoms of HF before it progresses. We are hoping prevent future HF hospitalizations in our patients. Managing our heart failure patients with implantable devices is all about being proactive, not reactive, and catching HF early before it progresses. This patient, JM, came in today after her remote monitor sent us a transmission suggesting the patient may have been in the early stages of worsening HF. After talking with the patient, she immediately came in and was seen by Dr. Pubbi. The patient was so thankful she received a call and sure enough, was experiencing SOB and felt “awful” . These tools help us proactively manage our cardiac device clinic patients with heart failure. #FCHV #FirstCoastHeart #DrPubbi#DrSanghvi #DrMandalakas #Cardiology #cardiologists #HeartFailure #HF #HeartFailureDeviceClinic #GreatDoctors
The doctors and staff of FCHV are collecting donations for the St Francis House and Port in the Storm homeless shelters, this holiday season. All 6 of our office locations will be collecting items to donate throughout the month of November.
Some new, in package items that they are in need of are:
Mens and Womens Socks and underwear
Mens T shirts, shoes and pants
Travel sized toiletries
Paper Products ( paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, plates)
Pop- top food items
Items can be dropped off at any FCHV location through the end of November.
Please visit: www.firstcoastheart.com for all our office locations
Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Singh, on becoming a fellow of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI). FSCAI is a mark of excellence among interventional cardiologists. This is a very prestigious honor for him and we at First Coast Heart and Vascular are glad to have Dr Sunil Singh as part of our practice. Dr. Singh is seeing patients currently in our Jacksonville and Fleming Island offices.
We are happy to announce the opening of our newest location in the Murabella section of World Golf Village, in Saint Johns County! We are part of the Flagler Health Plus specialty physicians. The new office is located at 70 Turin Terrace Suite 210 St. Augustine, FL 32092. Dr Ameeth Vedre will be seeing patients here. If this location is more convenient for you, please call 904-342-8300 and we will get you scheduled!
Dr. Ameeth Vedre, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FASNC is a Non-invasive Cardiologist and Cardiac Imaging Specialist. He is passionate about both general and preventive cardiology. He brings that passion, together with his extensive knowledge, to the patients of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.