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Dr. Francis Uricchio

Cardiology
Philadelphia, PA
40 years experience male

About

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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.

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Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English

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188 Answers
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
No: No, we do it all the time. Although it is unusual, I have put in as many as 7 stents at one time. The average number of stents per patient is 1 .5.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Yes: The presence of a heart stent has no effect on the function of a defibrillator.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Yes: The risk of of a serious complication during stress testing is 1 in 10, 000. Patients with frequent and ongoing chest discomfort or aortic stenosis m... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Two things: High blood pressure over many years can cause the heart to wear out such that the left ventricle becomes large and weakened. High blood pressure over... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
There is some risk: The risk of diagnostic catheterization for the average patient is 0.1% or one complication in 1000 procedures. If the illness you are looking for is ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
No: The most common cause of heart disease in United States is coronary artery disease. Subsequently, coronary artery disease also causes this largest am... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Cholesterol: Most, but not all, coronary artery disease he is due to cholesterol buildup within the walls of the coronary arteries in the heart.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Yes: Yes. A good example would be doxorubicin which is well known to cause cardiomyopathy. This is a chemotherapeutic agent used by oncologists to treat ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Anatomy: Restriction and constriction both involve limitation to adequate filling of the heart when the heart is relaxing. In restriction, limitation is in th... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Limits to blood flow: In arteriosclerosis, cholesterol builds up in the walls of the artery compromising the inside of the artery where blood flows. The end result can be ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
RSR' in V1: Rsr' is seen in lead v1 on the electrocardiogram. In the lateral leads, such as 1, avl, and v6 there is "terminal delay." the overall qrs width shoul... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Exercise/diet: As countries become more "western", they exercise less and eat a high-fat diet. When a third world countries becomes more like the United States, t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Same as before: Diet and exercise keep the typical patient healthy after bypass surgery. This is the same advice given to a cardiac patient who has not had bypass su... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Heart failure: Defibrillators are typically placed in patient's with poor cardiac function. Although the defibrillator does protect them from lethal arrhythmias, it... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Time: Stunned myocardium implies a short-term injury to the heart resulting in decreased function of the heart which recovers in 10-14 days. Hibernating myo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Several: Jon ritter (three's company), lucille ball, jonathan larson (wrote the play "rent").
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Variety of things: Congestive heart failure is treated by altering the environment in which the heart works and altering the function of the heart itself. Changing the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Takes a picture: Cardiac catheterization is used to take a picture of the arteries of the heart, the pumping chambers of the heart, the valves of the heart, and to mak... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Last resort: Heart surgery is typically held in reserve for patients with problems that are life-threatening that cannot be fixed with medications or fixed with pe... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Various Pecautions: Pericardiocentesis is done in a cardiac catheterization laboratory under sterile conditions with high-quality x-ray equipment. Before performing the ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Depends: The risk of bradycardia is typically dizziness or passing out. On occasion, bradycardia can chest pain or heart failure. Tachycardia can chest pain,... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Heart Rate: Tachycardia is a heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute. Bradycardia is a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Find Bockages: Myocardial perfusion imaging is typically combined with exercise. This test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with typical symp... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Aerobic: Aerobic exercises (such as walking) are preferred as opposed to resistance exercises (such as weightlifting). Exercise does not improve the strength ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Different than adult: The type of heart disease seen in teenagers is different from that seen in adults. Some problems are congenital (born with them) that only become appa... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Systolic/diastolic: Systolic heart failure implies that the strength of the heart is reduced. Diastolic heart failure implies that the strength of the heart is normal.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath in the CHF patient is due to elevated pulmonary artery pressures. Pulmonary artery pressures are more elevated in the supine posi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
No: Systolic blood pressure occurs during contraction of the heart. The blood pressure falls progressively until the next contraction. Diastolic blood p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Vegetation: Most lesions on the mitral valve are referred to as vegetations. This represents a localized area of infection which constitutes the diagnosis of end... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Office and hospital: Initial postimplantation care centers on wound healing. Subsequent followup relates to monitoring the function of the device. Regular office visits ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Heart blood flow: Coronary arteries bring oxygenated blood to the heart. Coronary veins returned that same blood to the venous circulation. Both types of vessels sit ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
They don't: Beta blockers do not increase cardiac output. If anything, they reduce cardiac output by reducing heart rate and the strength of contraction (contrac... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Shortness of breath: In mitral stenosis, blood returning from the lungs is unable to easily pass through the mitral valve to fill the left ventricle. Blood backs up behin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Blood flow: Color on an echocardiogram typically refers to "color doppler". The speed of blood flow through the heart can be measured with ultrasound. This is g... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Time of onset: Researchers have shown the earliest manifestations of coronary disease in teenagers that have died from car accidents and soldiers that died on the ba... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Wester lifestyle: Coronary artery disease is largely a disease of western civilization. As countries become more affluent, they exercise less, consume a diet with high... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Multiple: There are typically 2 main coronary arteries in the heart. The average catheterization will require 2 catheters of different shapes to reach each cor... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Heart and Kidney: Heart function, kidney function, and dietary salt intake can all contribute to congestive heart failure.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Prevention: Primary prevention implies preventing the disease from ever happening. Secondary prevention implies preventing a second complication after having a f... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Blood pressure cuff: Blood pressure is measured using a blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer). This can be done in a doctor's office or a pharmacy. You can also do-it-y... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Multiple things: Cardiac output is the product of heart rate in stroke volume. Thus, an increase in heart rate results in an increase in cardiac output. Stroke volum... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
1967: The first bypass operation is generally thought to be performed by renée favaloro. Dr. Favaloro was and argentine surgeon working at the cleveland cl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Weakened heart: The ejection fraction is the percentage of blood ejected with each heartbeat. A normal ejection fraction would be greater than 50%. When the heart i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Size: There are many things that determine survival after a heart attack. One of the best predictors of survival is the size of the first heart attack. Th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Yes: The most common side effects from statins include 1) myalgia and increased CPK from skeletal muscle and 2) elevated liver function tests reflecting li... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
1%: Bleeding at the puncture site occurs at approximately 1% of femoral catheterizations. There is a recent trend which originated in europe to perform c... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Depends: It depends a great deal on how advanced is the condition. A patient who can walk a long distance with mild shortness of breath will do pretty well. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Slowly: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is taken up by endothelial cells in blood vessels. The LDL is broken down (oxidized) and absorbed by macrophages within ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 40 years experience
Physical exam: Fluid accumulates during congestive heart failure. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid accumulates in the legs and abdomen. When the left ... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Uricchio is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 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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