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Cauliflower Rice | An American Heart Association Recipe

White rice has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. It seems like everywhere you turn, there is a health column warning you of the dangers of carbs. A bowl of steamy white rice is usually the posterchild for carbs.

Cauliflower rice is a great substitute for white rice; it is lower in calories and healthy for your heart! Cauliflower

Healthcare Cost on the Rise, Even for the Insured

There are millions of U.S. citizens living without insurance in the United States. In fact, in 2017 8.8% of Americans did not have insurance, according to the US Census. This leaves the other 92.8% of citizens paying little to no co-pay for their healthcare, right? It is a nice thought to believe, but recent studies have uncovered the financial


HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE: For the safety of our patients and employees, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute’s offices will be closed, Wednesday, September 4th. We hope everyone stays safe during this weather event.



Dear Patients,

We are closely following hurricane Dorian developments and constantly updating our coverage plans to better serve you. We ask that you check on our website periodically for updates.

As of today, Monday afternoon, here is our plan for coverage based on location and type of service:

Tuesday Sept 3rd:

The following offices will be closed:

Jacksonville Beach office at 905

5 Unusual Risk Factors for Heart Disease 

By now, we should all know some of the common risk factors of heart disease and stroke. To reiterate, some of these risk factors are high blood pressure, smoking, physical inactivity, high cholesterol and so on. Keep reading to learn some unusual risk factors of heart disease that you may not have heard of before.

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Hot Peppers and Heart Health

There is some good news for those who like to add a little extra spice to their food. Chile peppers contain capsaicin, which can help your heart health. Capsaicin is the ingredient in chile peppers like cayenne, jalapeno and habanero that make your mouth hot.


A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that capsaicin lowers

Thoughtful Tuesday

Being optimistic can actually benefit your heart health, according to a study done by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that patients with optimistic mindsets had better heart health as well as lower odds of having a stroke.

A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings also found that patients who have survived a heart

Diet Debunk | Low Carb diets

A low carbohydrate (carb) diet is a diet that restricts your carb intake, such as carbs found in certain grains, vegetables and fruits. The diet also encourages eating high amounts of protein and fat. One of the most popular low carb diets is the Keto Diet. While low carb diets can assist with weight loss, a study done by

Healthier Version of Chips and Salsa

Recipe by the American Heart Association

Chips and Salsa are a Mexican treat that can really run up the amount of calories and sodium in your meal. Sodium intake is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. At a typical Mexican restaurant, just 8 tortilla chips can have up to 120 mgs of salt. For a healthy alternative

Healthcare Price Transparency

Anytime we are buying a product or a service, we scout out the best price. Take buying a car, for example. You likely visit five different dealerships, compare countless cars, and consult all of your family, friends, and neighbors before bargaining the best price. However, in regard to healthcare, price shopping seems to be the one area that is

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