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FCCI First to Treat PAD Patient with TORUS Stent Graft

FCCI has another first! Dr. Ali, Vice President and Cath Lab Director at FCCI, along with the cath lab and research teams, enrolled and treated the first TORUS stent graft patient in the US. The TORUS stent graft is designed for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a disease affecting blood flow to the lower extremities. PAD has

Heart Failure During the Holidays

The seasons are changing. Along with these changes also comes a change in our clocks, our eating habits, our exercise routine and more. While the winter months are happier times for most, it is also a time when heart failure cases begin to increase, according to the American Heart Association.

Below are the reasons why heart diseases, like heart failure,

Thoughtful Tuesday

“If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony

Your job will occupy most of your time. Be sure you are doing something that you love. At FCCI, all of our providers are passionate and dedicated. Healing patients is what they love.

Heart Failure: Where Are We Going?

Similar to other fields in medicine, heart failure is an arena with many new advancements. The treatment plan for heart failure looks vastly different now than it did 20 years ago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that heart failure affects nearly 6 million Americans. The American Heart Association (AHA) expects this number to grow to 8

Can Income Affect Your Risk of Heart Disease?


Short answer: yes.

You have most likely heard of the more common risk factors for heart disease, like blood pressure and diet. However, a new study shows that unstable income can easily turn into a risk factor for heart disease.

A study in the journal, Circulation, found that people who experience drops in income, have double the risk of heart

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

Thoughtful Tuesday

You are at your regularly scheduled cardiologist appointment, but this time is different. You can tell your doctor does not have good news. He/she sits down and tells you your heart is in heart failure, your loop recorder showed signs of Afib,  you have just been diagnosed pre-diabetic, or you doctor is recommending a procedure.

Whatever your condition is, any

Aromatherapy for Your Heart

In the past year alone, U.S. retail sales of essential oils soared 14% to $133 million, according to market research firm SPINS. Essential oils are natural plant-based oils, which are concentrated and distilled to mimic the smell of the plant it was extracted from. While essential oils are widely known for the hair and skin benefits they provide, they

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

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