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May is the national stroke awareness month. Heart disease and stroke make up two of the most common and deadly cardiovascular diseases in the United States – heart disease being the leading cause of death and stroke being the fifth leading cause. These diseases go hand-in-hand. Patients with underlying cardiac disease are the leading cause of stroke. Conditions like coronary artery disease, Atrial fibrillation, irregular heart rhythm, patent foramen ovale, aortic aneurysms, and other sources of cardiac emboli along with poorly controlled hypertension cause the highest number of strokes. Likewise, patients who have suffered a stroke commonly have underlying heart disease. Fortunately, both diseases have similar modifiable risk factors that can be prevented through adequate screening, education, and early treatment. Here at Apex Heart and Vascular Care, we not only focus on the treatment of heart disease and stroke but its prevention as well.  

A Note From Dr. Anuj Shah


Coming into spring and also a growing number of vaccinated people in the US, I am torn between excitement and sorrow. I feel excited both for warmer weather and an end in sight for this horrible pandemic in the US.
        However, as someone who is from India, it is hard for all of these changes here in the US to feel completely amazing. The recent news about medical shortages and rising cases of COVID throughout India has been heavy on my mind lately. The pandemic is a global affair and we can truly not be rid of it until we are all vaccinated.                                                                                                    Nonetheless, this bitter is certainly mixed with sweet. The ability to go on my daily runs, do yoga outside, and possibly even sign up for a 5k in the near future certainly feels like a luxury at this point. I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying the warm spring weather.                                                                

Best,
Anuj Shah, Director of Apex Heart and Vascular

Latest Health News


⚕️For young Stroke Survivors, A Long and Uncertain Future Forbes
⚕️These Sisters With Sickle Cell Had Devastating and Preventable, Strokes — New York Times
⚕️A Penn Doctor Won Two Film Festival Awards for His Movie About Stroke — PhillyMag
⚕️Micro Medical Solutions Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for MicroStent Vascular Stent — Vascular Disease Management
⚕️A comparison of revascularization methods for peripheral arterial disease in diabetics: Changing trends in lower extremity revascularization from 2008 to 2014 — Docwire News
⚕️Two Pandemics Clash as Doctors Find That Covid Spurs Diabetes — Bloomberg
 

Dr. Shah on LinkedIn and Doximity


Be sure to connect with Doctor Shah on LinkedIn and Doximity. We love using Social Media to connect and offer news about Apex! You can find Doctor Shah LinkedIn here and his Doximity here

Stroke History


While the "Father of Medicine", Hippocrates was the first person to note that strokes existed, it was the man pictured above who linked a lack of blood supply in the brain to strokes. This man was named Johann Jakob Wepfer and he was a Swiss pathologist and pharmacologist. Wepfer not only discovered this information about strokes but his studies also unveiled crucial information on the carotid and vertebral arteries. In 1658, he published a now-classic treatise that even today helps us to better understand cerebrovascular disease. 

Strokes & COVID — What is Your Take?


As the pandemic has raged on, there has been more and more evidence to suggest a link between COVID patients having a higher risk for strokes. However, most recently, the American Heart Association published this study about the link between ischemic strokes and COVID 19.
It found that most patients who both had COVID and underwent an ischemic stroke had other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, atrial fibrillation, and congestive heart failure. However, admittedly, this is a new phenomenon, and more research at a larger scale needs to be done. What we are wondering is what do you, fellow physicians think about this? Feel free to respond to this email, message DoctorShah on LinkedIn, or email ahvstaff2@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!
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Happy Memorial Day


We honor our nation's heroes today and keep those who gave the ultimate sacrifice close to our hearts. Please stay happy, safe, and healthy this holiday! 
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