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Mitral Valve Replacement Procedure

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

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LEARN WITH THE LEADERS!

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!

Register Here: https://encoredocs.com/event/cardiovascular-prevention-2020-the-other-pandemic/

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Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Evolocumab in Patients With Hypercholesterolemia

Here is a recent study conducted by Dr. Michael J. Koren of First Coast Heart and Vascular.

Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Evolocumab in Patients With Hypercholes.._

Dr. Sunil Singh SCAI Fellow

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.

To learn more about SCAI, visit: http://www.scai.org/FSCAI/Default.aspx

New Cardiology Office in Palm Coast

Cardiology office in Palm Coast

We are so excited to announce the opening of our new cardiology office in Palm Coast, FL. We will be seeing cardiology patients from surrounding areas including Flagler county, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach and Bunnell.

Stop by and visit us soon! We are located at 26 Office Park, Suite B, Palm Coast, FL 32137.
For a map click here.

Dr. David Grech and Dr. Vincent Caracciolo will be seeing patients in our Palm Coast office.

This is the former of office Dr. Karen Theilade.

Dr Kevin Hayes discusses blood pressure and heart disease

Blood Pressure and Heart Disease

Join us for a free presentation, lunch and discussion with our very own Dr. Kevin Hayes. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. To sign-up for the Lunch & Learn click here.

The topic will be: Under Pressure – Learn how your sex can impact your blood pressure and heart health.

High blood pressure is the most common risk for cardiovascular disease in the U.S., affecting one in three adults.  Did you know that after menopause, a woman’s chance of developing high blood pressure becomes greater than a man’s?

Learn more about:

  • The risk factors for developing high blood pressure.
  • The causes of heart disease in men & women.
  • Increased risk of heart disease based on ethnicity.

Dr. Kevin Hayes

Dr. Hayes is well rounded in all aspects of cardiology but has a focus on cardiac imaging. He is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of his cardiac patients by educating them on their cardiovascular disease and allowing them to be involved in the decision making process.

 

Cardiology Care that Goes the Extra Mile

Cardiology care that goes the extra mile.

Cardiology Care that Goes the Extra Mile

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!

Your Sex and Heart Disease

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. Neil Sanghvi

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.

 

Your sex and heart disease

Medicare Annual Enrollment

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center are delighted to welcome you to our new practice and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to care of you and your family’s heart and vascular needs.

We would like to remind you of the annual open enrollment season for Medicare participants. Many insurance carriers are offered and we take ALL of them with the exception of Humana Gold and Humana Gold Plus.

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center and all its providers are pleased to inform you of our continued participation with United HealthCare – Medicare AARP and we are in network.

We are growing and would love for you to be part of our family as our growth continues. First Coast Heart & Vascular Center is committed to providing quality ,efficient, compassionate and cost effective care. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our practice.

We appreciate your trust and confidence in our practice. We wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season.

Sincerely and respectfully,

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

What is P.A.D.?

P.A.D. is short for Peripheral Arterial Disease. People have P.A.D. when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called  atherosclerosis . When leg arteries are hardened and clogged, blood flow to the legs and feet is reduced. Some people call this poor circulation.

P.A.D. occurs most often in the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect other arteries that carry blood outside the heart. This includes arteries that go to the aorta, the brain, the arms, the kidneys and the stomach. When arteries that supply the heart are hardened or narrowed, it is called coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease.

 

The good news is that like other diseases related to the arteries, P.A.D. can be treated by making lifestyle changes, by taking medicines, or by undergoing leg artery angioplasty or vascular surgery, if needed. And you can live well with P.A.D.

 

Is P.A.D. serious?

P.A.D. is a serious disease commonly affecting Americans over the age of 50. The hardened arteries found in people with P.A.D. are a sign that they are likely to have hardened and narrowed arteries to the heart and the brain. That is why people with P.A.D. have a two- to six-times greater chance of death from a heart attack or a stroke.

When the blood flow to the legs is greatly (or severely) reduced, people with P.A.D. may have pain when walking. P.A.D. may cause other problems that can lead to amputation of a toe, foot or a leg. People with P.A.D. may become disabled and not be able to go to work. As time goes on, they may have a very poor quality of life.

Who is at risk for P.A.D.?

The chance of having P.A.D. increases as you get older. People over age 50 have a higher risk for P.A.D., but the risk

is increased if you:

  • Smoke, or used to smoke
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have abnormal blood cholesterol levels
  • Are of African American ethnicity
  • Have had heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke
  • Have a family history of P.A.D., heart attack or stroke.

What are the warning signs or symptoms of P.A.D.?

P.A.D. develops slowly over many years. In the early stages, most people with P.A.D. have no symptoms. Only about one out of four people with P.A.D. actually feel typical symptoms of P.A.D. in their leg muscles (known as “claudication”, defined below). By that time, their arteries may be so clogged or hardened that they are not getting enough oxygen to supply their leg muscles.

The most common signs of P.A.D. include one or more of these problems:

  •  Cramps, tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when you walk but that goes away when you rest. This is called claudication.
  •  Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs your sleep.
  • Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to heal, or that do not heal.

Sometimes, people ignore their leg pain and think it is just a sign that they are getting older. As a result, many people with P.A.D. do not know they have it and do not get treatment. It is important to discuss any leg or thigh pain you may be having with your health care provider since it may be a warning sign of a serious disease such as P.A.D.

How do I find out if I have P.A.D.?

If you think you have P.A.D., see your health care provider and talk about any symptoms you are having and go over your medical history and your risk factors for P.A.D. Your provider will examine the pulses in your feet and legs. If your provider finds those pulses are weak and thinks you may have P.A.D., your provider may order a test called the ABI, which stands for ankle-brachial index .

The ABI is the best test for finding out if you have P.A.D. It uses sound waves to find out if there is reduced blood flow in the arteries. It also compares the blood pressure in your ankles with the blood pressure in your arms. P.A.D. also can be diagnosed by other tests that measure blood pressures in the leg (segmental pressure), toe pressures (toe-brachial index or TBI) or artery blood flow (with ultrasound).  Other more sophisticated tests can be performed such as PVR ( pulse volume recordings), CTA ( Cat scan) , magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or catheterization or angiography.

 

How is P.A.D. treated?

P.A.D. can be treated with lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery, if needed. Since people with P.A.D. are at high risk for heart attacks and stroke, they must take charge of controlling their risk factors related to cardiovascular disease.

These life-saving steps will help to prevent and control P.A.D.:

  •  Get help to quit smoking and set a quit date now.
  •  Lower your blood pressure to less than 140/90 mmHg or less than 130/80 mmHg if you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
  • Lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol to less than 100 mg/dl or to less than 70 mg/dl if you are at very high risk for a heart attack or stroke (if you smoke, have diabetes or have chronic kidney disease).
  • Manage your blood glucose to reach an A1C level of less than 7 and practice proper foot care if you have diabetes.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking antiplatelet medicines such as aspirin or clopidogrel (Plavix)  to prevent clotting.
  • Follow a healthy eating plan to control your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose (for diabetes).
  • Get regular exercise such as walking for 30 minutes at least 3 or 4 times per week.

If you have pain or cramps in your legs, ask your health care provider about an exercise program that will help improve your symptoms. If possible, get a referral to a special P.A.D. exercise program.

For most people with P.A.D., these life-saving steps may be enough to slow down the disease and even improve any symptoms. If needed, your health care provider can refer you to a specialist for procedures or surgery to treat arteries that are severely blocked. These procedures often help people with P.A.D. to improve symptoms and to avoid losing a foot or leg.

Remember:

Finding and treating P.A.D. early can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk for heart attack or stroke, and save your life and limbs.

Our board certified interventional cardiologists and vascular specialists have an extensive experience with interventions to treat simple to complex  vascular blockages in any vascular bed or organ including carotids ( neck arteries),  arms , kidney arteries, stomach or intestinal arteries, leg arteries as well as heart arteries.   Our experts use simple balloon angioplasty, stents to more complex atherectomy devices, laser catheters, and clot buster catheters to remove clots or cholesterol plaques.   If you wish to make an appointment with our doctors, please contact us at (904)-423-0010 or visit our web site (www.firstcoastheart.com) for our 8 locations or phone numbers in three counties.

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