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Dr. Francis Uricchio

Cardiology
Philadelphia, PA
38 years experience male

About

Bio

Dr. Uricchio is an interventional cardiologist with Pennsylvania Heart and Vascular Group in Pennsylvania. He is director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Aria Torresdale Hospital. His practice involves cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting. Patients are referred for coronary artery bypass surgery and valve surgery. Catheterization laboratory management includes a vigorous quality assurance and performance improvement program.

Specialties
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Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

247 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes.: There are many reasons why your feet may swell. One of them is congestive heart failure. Others include liver disease, nephrotic syndrome, and chron... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Depends: There are 2 types of stents: medicated and unmedicated. Medicated stents require Plavix (clopidogrel) for one year. Unmedicated stents require Plavi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Short: If the stent is placed in electively (and not for myocardial infarction), recovery is quite short. We tell our patients not to walk a long distance, ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
See below: The ejection fraction is the percentage of blood in the heart at rest which is ejected with the following heartbeat. The end-diastolic pressure is th... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
6 months: The highest risk of stent renarrowing is in the first 6 months. If you get through the first 6 months without a problem, the rate of renarrowing fall... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Variety of ways: There are two kinds of defibrillators, internal and external. Internal defibrillators are implanted under the skin similar to a permanent pacemaker. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Depends: Mild aortic regurgitation with an otherwise normal heart can remain unchanged for many many years. More severe aortic regurgitation with enlargement ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: If you look at the relationship between body mass index and ten-year survival, the "sweet spot" for longest survival occurs at a body mass index of 25... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Arrhythmia: Patients with heart failure are prone to heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias) which are fast, irregular, and don't pump any blood. If this occurs... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
2 months: The average patient spends 4-5 days in the hospital. When you go home you are able to walk in the hallway and climb a flight of stairs. After some p... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: Mitral regurgitation, in the absence of symptoms, can cause the heart to become weakened and dilated. If the patient waits until symptoms arise, the ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Birth: Most heart disease in young patients is what we call "congenital". This means that the heart disease was present at birth and often has a genetic ori... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: Wolff parkinson white syndrome involves abnormal electrical behavior of the heart producing spasms of palpitations and rapid heart rhythms. The cause... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Same for men: The risk factors for women are the same risk factors for men. The big 5 are hypertension, elevated cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, and family hist... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Type of CHF: Right heart failure is a type of congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is characterized by fluid buildup. When the fluid builds up in t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Depends: Coronary artery disease is the #1 killer of adults in the United States ahead of cancer. Your individual risk of coronary disease is based on your ris... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Lung congestion: When a heart valve is not working, blood backs up behind the left ventricle and causes pulmonary congestion and elevated pulmonary pressures. This ca... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Yes: The earliest manifestations of coronary disease, at autopsy, were noted in teenagers who died from motor vehicle accidents and soldiers killed on the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
You can pass out: Below a certain blood pressure, the circulation to the brain will be inadequate. This will cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or passing out (syncope)... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
You can't: Curing coronary heart disease implies that the diagnosis has already been made. Once you have coronary disease, there is no cure. However, you can r... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Maybe: In most cases, anemia does not heart disease. However, some unusual types of anemia require repeated transfusions over a long period of time that can... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Maybe: Heart pounding (or palpitations) can be something as simple as anxiety or as complex as a lethal heart rhythm disorder. Your doctor will be able to s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Robotic Surgery: Robotic surgery has allowed coronary artery bypass surgery and valve surgery to be done to a very small incision. This results in greater patient sat... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
You don't: Doctor's typically try to lower the LDL also called the "bad cholesterol". Hdl is often referred to as the "good cholesterol". Doctor's can use medi... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Several ways: Cardiac ischemia can be prevented either by improving the supply of blood to the heart, or reducing the demand for blood by the heart. The supply can... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Somewhat common: Aortic valve surgery is the most common kind of valve surgery in the United States. For most surgical programs, the majority of heart surgery involve... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Comparison: The diameter of the narrowest part of the artery is compared to a nearby segment which is felt to be healthy. This is assuming that there is a nearby... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Effient: I suspect that you mean effient. In a large research trial involving 13, 000 patients with acute coronary syndrome who subsequently had an angioplast... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Mathematical: There is a standard equation which relates cardiac output to blood pressure and vascular resistance. The lesion is q = (map – rap)/tpr where q = card... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Birth/Inflammation: Valve leaflets can be fused at birth due to birth defect. They can also become fused later in life due to inflammation such as rheumatic heart disease... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Chest pain: Long-term use of narcotics lowers the pain threshold in general. These patients seem to "feel everything". They have a higher sensitivity to minor d... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Various: The st segment is a portion of the electrocardiogram. A myocardial infarction can be described as st elevation myocardial infarction or non-st elevat... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
HR < 50: Bradycardia is defined as heart rate less than 60 bpm. I don't know if there is a formal definition of severe bradycardia, but i would consider brady... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Cholesterol buildup: In coronary artery disease, cholesterol builds up in the walls of the arteries. As the walls thicken, the inside (the lumen) becomes narrowed creatin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Diagnosis/treatment: Candidates for cardiac catheterization include 1) a patient in whom additional information is required to make a diagnosis, or 2) the diagnosis is kno... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Heart Contraction: Dobutamine makes the heart contract more strongly. It is typically used in a critically ill patients in whom the heart is not functioning well to to ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Blocked Coronary: Anteroseptal ischemia sounds like a report from a stress test performed with imaging. This is a noninvasive tests which suggests blockage of the lef... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
2 %: The society for thoracic surgery keeps statistics on a majority of heart surgery done in the United States. The average mortality for bypass surgery ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Perform cardiac echo: An echocardiographic technician performs cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram). This can be performed either in a hospital or in an office. The study ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Many reasons: There are many reasons for palpitations and breathlessness. A benign reason would include anxiety and panic attack. A more serious reason would incl... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Variety of things: An elevated resting heart rate could be due to something as simple as being out of shape or it could be a reflection of a serious medical condition su... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Immobilize/Magnify: Surgeons use magnifying glasses to a enlarge the coronaries that are very small. The coronaries are immobilized using either a special device (beatin... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Multiple things: The physician will take a detailed history, look at the electrocardiogram, perform a physical examination, and in some cases, perform a stress test. ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Many: Cardiac catheterization is excellent at detecting blocked heart arteries, leaking or narrowed heart valves, damage to the muscle of the heart, and abn... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Various treatments: There are three main treatments for coronary artery disease: medication, percutaneous revascularization (angioplasty and stents), and surgery. Medica... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
You shouldn't: To understand what echocardiographic results mean to an individual patient requires the participation of a physician who understands echocardiography ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Oxygen: The delivery of oxygen to the body is the product of cardiac output and the amount of oxygen per unit of blood. If the amount of oxygen per unit of b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Part of same: Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is a diagnostic tool that can be used during cardiac catheterization when the angiographic pictures are not sufficient... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Systolic is higher: Systolic blood pressure (the top number) occurs when the heart contracts. Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) is the lowest level to which th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Prevent recurrence: Depending on the reason for cardiac arrest, an automatic implantable defibrillator can be very effective in preventing a second cardiac arrest in the ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Uricchio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Uricchio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for your information. My legs have never stayed this swollen this long. I only have medicaid now, so I hesitate getting medical a
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Dr. Uricchio please let me say THANK YOU! I will request an emergency appointment with my doctor thanks to u!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Never had a echo while active thanks for the valuable info

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Cardiology
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