Cardiologist and advanced peripheral vascular specialist Dr. Rishi Panchal recently opened the IVY Cardiovascular and Vein Center on the campus of Palms West Hospital with his own distinctly client-focused approach to patient care.

Trained at some of the nation’s most prestigious facilities for cardiovascular disease, Dr. Panchal was raised in Ocala horse country and was inspired by his father, also a doctor. Growing up, he loved to ride, play golf, fish and fly planes, receiving his pilot license at age 16. Through his father’s approach to patient care, he was influenced to continue serving as a physician.

“I was with another practice for two years before opening my own to serve the western hospitals,” said Dr. Panchal, who also has an office in Belle Glade.

Up to date with the latest knowledge and techniques available, he combines that with his experience at major academic institutions and his commitment to quality care.

Dr. Panchal’s clinical areas of interest include general cardiovascular care, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, venous disorders and peripheral vascular limb preservation.

“About one-half of my practice is a specialization in peripheral vascular disease,” he explained, noting that he works with the management of peripheral arterial and venous disorders utilizing minimally invasive techniques and cutting-edge technology. “I received specialized training at Yale University’s limb preservation program.”

Dr. Panchal was involved in national research trials at Yale for carotid and peripheral arterial disease. A contributor to medical textbooks and the author of published papers, he has presented at national cardiovascular conferences.

More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, accounting for about one in every four deaths, he explained. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions, which are usually treatable or manageable.

“The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which can lead to a heart attack,” Dr. Panchal said. “Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices place people at a high risk for heart disease. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol use can all contribute.”

He explained that education and guidance to patients regarding living a healthy lifestyle are as important as diagnoses and treatment of disease and disorders. “At IVY Cardiovascular and Vein Center, we provide comprehensive cardiovascular care to our patients,” Dr. Panchal said.

Training and experience at the Yale University Advanced Peripheral Vascular Interventional Program provided him with the specialized skills and knowledge to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia.

The limb preservation program at IVY Cardiovascular and Vein Center is designed to decrease amputation rates and offer an improved quality of life for patients. Dr. Panchal has authored textbooks on the topic and received recognition for advanced peripheral vascular work and continues to be a leader in the field.

With chronic vein abnormalities being a common disorder found in some 50 percent of the population, such veins can become distended and become varicose or spider veins.

“Spider veins are typically small vessels seen on the surface of legs that look like a spider web. Though mostly cosmetic, these veins can be indicative of severe disease in the future,” he said, adding that when patients are bothered by the appearance of these veins, treatment via a minimally invasive technique can offer beautiful results.

Varicose veins are larger veins, which can become swollen, causing symptoms of leg fatigue, swelling, skin changes, restless leg syndrome and overall large, ugly veins.

“These distorted, dilated veins near the surface of the skin may look like a cord and are most commonly in the legs and ankles,” Dr. Panchal said. “They may not be serious initially, but they can lead to serious problems in the future. Many of the treatments available for these provide a minimal recovery period and allow the patient to walk out of the office after treatment.”

Dr. Panchal is fellowship trained in superficial and venous disease to provide the most comprehensive care for patients, as well as complete cardiovascular care.

His certifications include: APCA Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (2018), ABIM Cardiovascular Disease (2017), NBE Echocardiography (2017) and ABIM Internal Medicine (2014). His education and training include a peripheral vascular interventional fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine, a cardiovascular disease fellowship at the Henry Ford Health System, a residency in internal medicine at the University of Florida, a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, plus undergraduate work in biology at the University of Miami. Panchal is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has memberships in the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions, the Society for Vascular Medicine and the Chronic Limb Ischemia Global Society.

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