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
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 that Dr. Nicholas Mandalakas will be joining the First Coast Heart and Vascular team of physicians this December.
Dr. Mandalakas will be seeing patients in our Fleming Island and Jacksonville offices. We are honored to have another amazing cardiologist in our practice.
His training includes • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing: Tufts/ New England Medical Center Hospitals, working with Drs. Mark Estes and Paul Wang • Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Medical College of Pennsylvania • Internal Medicine Residency: Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh • Medical school: Jefferson Medical College • Undergraduate Degree: Pennsylvania State University • Over 25 years of experience in PA, most recently with UPMC Cardiology
Watch this video as Dr. Van Crisco discusses kicking heart disease in women at a lunch and learn at the WJCT studios.
The intention of this community education is to talk about heart disease in women and what we can and should be doing to prevent it. Discover what you can do to take care of yourself or someone you love.
Approximately 1 in 4 women in the U.S. have some form of heart disease?
Dr. Sanghvi was interviewed on First Coast Living and discussed the topics of Atrial Fibrillation, Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Devices. Dr. Sanghvi is an Electrophysiologist Cardiologist with First Coast Heart & Vascualr Center.
What is a pacemaker and why would someone need one? Pacemakers are devices that are about the size of a silver dollar. They are placed under the skin usually below the collar bone. They typically have anywhere from 1-3 wires that enter the heart via a blood vessel under the collar bone. These devices are usually placed in patients who suffer from a slow heart beat which results in a number of symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, inability to exercise, lightheadedness, or fainting to name a few.
What is a defibrillator, also known as an ICD, and why would someone need one of these devices? ICDs are implantable devices that are placed in similar fashion as a pacemaker. However, an ICD’s job is typically to treat fast and lethal irregular beats known as ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). Many people know that heart disease is the #1 killer in the US. What many do not know is that the reason most patients die is due to untreated VT or VF. Approximately 450,000 people die each year in the US from these arrhythmias. Patients at the highest risk include those who have had a prior heart attack, especially if this has resulted in a weakened heart muscle. Those with a weak heart muscle for other reasons are also at risk. Also, patients who may have had several episodes of passing out without an explanation should be evaluated since a small portion of these patients are likely suffering from VT and/or VF.
If a patient needs to have a device implanted, what type of device should be used? This is a decision that is typically made by the implanting surgeon. There are several manufacturers of devices in the US. Many of the devices have similar features. However, there are some distinct differences.
What happens if there is a problem with one of the wires or if one device type needs to be changed to another? Sometimes these devices may have a wire malfunction or one of the wires may be recalled due to a suspected risk of malfunction. Many surgeons often place a new wire in the heart and leave the old wire abandoned there since they are not capable of taking out the old wire. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of infections and for blood vessels to clot since there is more hardware in the body. Patients should seek out surgeons that specialize in lead extractions. Dr. Neil Sanghvi is able to utilize a laser to carefully and safely tease out the old lead that has scarred into the heart. The risk of a major complication is often less than 1-2% in many cases. The advantage is that it allows for less hardware to remain in the body which decreases the risks of infection and blood vessel clotting.
Dr. Neil Sanghvi will be featured on First Coast Living for an Interview March 30, 2016.
Make sure to tune in tomorrow at 11am to watch Dr. Neil Sanghvi discuss Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Disease. He will talk about pacemakers and implantable devices. He will be on First Coast Living ABC and NBC.
Yesterday one of our patients came to see Dr. Dinesh Pubbi to have her pacemaker checked. Unfortunately the patient was unable to get out of the car and into our building. Dr. Pubbi with the help from several of our staff and one of our Boston Scientific reps – Jamie Kirkley, took our equipment out to the patient in her car. Talk about curb service! Thanks everyone for going the extra mile!
What does your sex have to do with it? How to keep your heart ticking.
Join us for a FREE presentation, lunch, and discussion with heart expert Dr. Neil Sanghvi. The event will be held Wednesday, July 29 from Noon to 1pm at the WJCT Studios.
You will benefit from attending this event if you are interested in learning about the facts, symptoms, and treatments of irregular heart rhythms as well as understand the differences between women and men when it comes to heart care.
Surprising but true: Heart failure is more common in women than men, yet women receive treatment 2X less often than men. The focus of this community heart education talk is to discuss available therapies to treat irregular heartbeats and how women are treated differently than men.
Learn more about:
How to decide if a cardiac device is right for uou and life after implant.
The role of catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (Afib).
Men are Mars and Women are from Venus. Does it matter?
Dr. Sanghvi is recognized as a leader in the field of clinical electrophysiology. His interests include atrial fibrillation, novel techniques for stroke prevention, and device therapy for heart failure and irregular rhythms.