cardiovascular health

Ali Yassen, MD, joins Northern California Medical Associates’ Fountaingrove Cardiology practice

Dr. Yassen to specialize in interventional cardiology (radial/femoral cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention) & cardiovascular disease

Ali Yassen, MD, interventional cardiologist

Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 7, 2018 — Northern California Medical Associates is pleased to welcome Ali Yassen, MD, to its Fountaingrove Cardiology practice in Santa Rosa.

Dr. Ali Yassen is a board-certified cardiologist specializing in performing cardiac catheterization procedures through both the wrist (radial) and groin (femoral) approach. He has completed extensive training in coronary interventions, including complex interventions and placement/management of temporary mechanical support devices for high-risk coronary procedures. He is also fully trained in all aspects of both non-invasive as well as invasive cardiovascular care.

“Dr. Yassen joins us from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was involved in cutting-edge research and development of the latest cardiac and structural heart interventions,” said Patrick Coleman, MD, director of Fountaingrove Cardiology. “He brings the latest skills and techniques and adds to and expands the capabilities of our interventional cardiology specialists. This allows us to treat a broader range of patients with state-of-the-art techniques and strategies here in Santa Rosa. His presence will have an immediate and tremendous impact on the cardiovascular health of our community.”

Dr. Yassen is now seeing patients at NCMA’s Fountaingrove Cardiology practice, located at 3536 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 200 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

About Dr. Ali Yassen

Dr. Yassen received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, graduating with an honors degree. He went on to complete residency training in internal medicine followed by fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He then completed further advanced subspecialty training in interventional cardiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center / Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

About Northern California Medical Associates

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) has been a leading partnership of medical practitioners in the North Bay Area since 1975, when Cardiology Associates of Santa Rosa, Inc. first opened its doors. NCMA remains committed to expanding its expertise and scope of care by continuing to merge with private practices to better serve our patients in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. NCMA’s specialties include: cardiology, TAVR surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, ENT / otolaryngology / head & neck surgery, family medicine, foot & ankle medicine / podiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, orthopaedics, osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, pulmonary / sleep medicine, rheumatology, urology and vein disorder treatment. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About NCMA Fountaingrove Cardiology

NCMA’s Fountaingrove Cardiology practice is one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective cardiology healthcare groups in the nation. From cardiac catheterization to open-heart surgery, from electrophysiology to rehabilitation and prevention, to new breakthroughs in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), the Northern California Medical Associates cardiovascular services team is dedicated to delivering the highest quality care and the best patient results.

Since 1975, the group has focused on sub specialization within cardiovascular health to provide services by the most highly trained and experienced physicians and staff. We provide cardiac care in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, with offices located in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma and Fort Bragg.

Learn more about these services at www.ncmahealth.com/ncma-services/cardiology.

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If you would like more information about Dr. Ali Yassen or Northern California Medical Associates, please contact NCMA Marketing Director Julian Rogers at 707-569-3227 or email julian.rogers@ncmahealth.com.

Dr. Ashwani Bedi on Heart Health for Life and the Results of Decades of Research

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Dr. Ashwani Bedi discusses the results of this month’s study on heart disease.

Earlier this month researchers from the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project released results of a study focused on 25,800 people who had turned 65 by 2010. Pulling data from the same participants who also made up a study from 1967 to 1973, researchers looked at heart health during younger years and how that played out over time.

They found that people with favorable heart health at younger ages lived about four years longer altogether, survived about five years longer before developing a chronic illness such as cancer or heart failure and spent 22 percent less of their senior years with a chronic disease compared to people with two or more heart risk factors earlier in life. This group also saved almost $18,000 in Medicare costs.

“Cardiovascular health is a lifetime concern,” says Dr. Ashwani Bedi, NCMA Cardiologist. “The American Heart Association says that about 41 percent of the U.S. population will have cardiovascular disease by 2030. That is a shocking statistic. This study clearly demonstrates that life-long heart health can be achieved, if patients make it a priority early in life. It’s hard to imagine a simpler solution than that.”

Cardiovascular disease includes conditions that affect the structures or function of the heart. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S. causing more than 800,000 deaths per year and $300 billion in direct medical expenditures. “The best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is to learn about it early and to take steps to prevent it from occurring,” says Dr. Bedi.

As a practicing Cardiac Electrophysiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, Dr. Bedi understands the importance of prevention and the need to make lifestyle changes early in life to help ensure a healthy heart for life. “It’s human nature to not focus on our cardiovascular health until later in life when it becomes a problem. This study shows the importance of making lifestyle changes to support heart health earlier in life.”

How to prevent heart disease

Heart failure is a major health problem for both men and women in the U.S., affecting nearly 5 million Americans. About 550,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65. The hallmarks of prevention for heart disease include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Getting active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
  • Manage cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Take steps to manage stress

“Ultimately, it’s never too early or too late to learn about heart disease. The earlier in life a person can take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease, the better the chances that person has for staying healthy for life,” Dr. Bedi said.

About Dr. Bedi

Dr. Bedi is board certified in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He brings specialty expertise in all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology including SVT and VT ablations, atrial fibrillation ablations, pacing (including BiV pacing) and defibrillation as well as intracardiac echocardiography. Dr. Bedi was the recipient of the Health Care Hero Award and received multiple WOW designations at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He has a professional interest in cardiac ablations, prevention and awareness of sudden cardiac death in communities and has been actively involved in cardiac screening for college athletes.

For more information about the full range of services offered by Northern California Medical Associates, visit the NCMA Health website. To make an appointment with Dr. Bedi, call (707) 573-6199