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Fall Favorites: Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is finally upon us! To welcome in the cooler Florida weather, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. This butternut squash soup is bound to satisfy your craving while also being heart healthy! Check out the recipe below:


Orange Park Medical Center Awarded By The American Heart Association

The First Coast Cardiovascular (FCCI) team has been the primary cardiologists treating cardiovascular patients at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) since 2013. Through this partnership, both organizations have had the honor of being recognized as one of the best in the nation by US News & The American Heart Association. 

OPMC has earned all American Heart Association as well as

How Does Cholesterol Affect My Heart Health?

You often hear cholesterol being thrown around in health articles or in your conversations with your physician. What exactly do your cholesterol levels mean for you heart health? Let’s break it down.

Cholesterol can affect your heart health because it circulates through your blood stream. If your body has too much cholesterol, it could build up and form plaque that

Good Hygiene Habits During COVID-19

Protecting yourself during a pandemic may seem overwhelming, but there are simple steps we can all follow to protect ourselves and others.

Covid-19 is primarily spread person to person when you are within six feet of distance. According to the CDC, the spread of the virus occurs when water droplets containing the virus are emitted through talking, laughing, coughing, or

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

When the leaves start changing colors and the sweaters come out, fall is here!  One of the best parts of the fall season? That’s right…pumpkin spice! Now you can enjoy a healthy pumpkin spice muffin. All the flavor without the guilt


Ingredients needed:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon

What Should My Heart Rate be During Exercise?

Are you not pushing yourself enough, or pushing yourself too hard when you exercise? If you are looking to get more involved in a cardio exercise routine, knowing your maximum heart rate is a key tool in deciding how vigorous your exercises should be. It will also help you to track how effective your workouts are!

Moderate exercises are a

Empty Emergency Rooms

Across the nation, doctors are facing an eerie new concern in hospitals. Patients are ignoring serious health symptoms and not visiting emergency rooms due to fear of risking exposure to COVID-19. Many cases of heart attack and stroke are being caught in some instances too late. Health officials are worried that fear of the emergency room could lead to

The Truth about E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes (e-cigs) have been marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but in reality, there is little research to support this. E-cigs are battery operated and their purpose is to mimic the experience of smoking a cigarette, according to the American College of Cardiology.

E-cigs work by heating the E-liquid which contains nicotine, solvent carriers (glycerol, propylene, and ethylene

Jacksonville’s Top Walking Trails

Physical activity is one of the best ways to get your heart pumping to improve your heart health. Walking is a great way to start! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week, which is about a 30-minute walk, five times a week. There are many trails around the First Coast to help you

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Sugar

Sugar is everywhere: in our drinks, in our snack and most importantly, in our favorite desserts. Studies have suggested that a higher intake of added sugar is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, according to JAMA. If you are having trouble satisfying your sweet tooth while staying away from sugar, try these delicious sugar-free substitutes by the American

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