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Is your Workplace Adding Extra Weight?

The short answer, in most cases, is yes. Stuck in the middle of donuts for breakfast, pizza parties for lunch, and sodas from the vending machine, it is almost impossible to resist.

Between birthday parties, catered lunches and desserts, there seems to always be a reason to eat at work. While there is nothing wrong with celebrations at work, a

Get Some Fresh Air

The Health Benefits of Spending More Time Outside

In a moment of stress, worry, or anxiousness, you have likely been told to go outside and get some fresh air. Multiple studies from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others have shown that getting some fresh air isn’t just a cliché. There are the numerous physical and mental health benefits

Thoughtful Tuesday

The fourth Tuesday of every month is American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. It is important to know the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. 30.3 million American are affected by diabetes while 7.2 million American are unaware they have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney

How FCCI Treats Vascular Disease


When vascular disease affects you or your loved ones, you want experts. At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI), we have the experts.

A Dedicated Vascular Department

We recognized vascular disease as a state that requires its own set of trained experts. While other facilities integrate vascular disease, we have a dedicated vascular department. Our department follows through on all aspects of

Humans of FCCI

Dr. Tomas Rivera-Bonilla

I remember a patient who had chest pain. He had seen multiple doctors about it and all had told him the same thing: the pain was in his head. He came to me, and I worked with him to try to find what was going on. Turns out, he had triple vessel disease. He was turned down

Eat Your Heart Out

The best snacks your heart will thank you for.

Go nuts: Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are created equal. While it is true nuts are high in fat, the type of fat found in nuts is considered a heart healthy fat that lowers bad cholesterol levels. However, still be mindful for the portion, since they are high

Thoughtful Tuesday

Finding peace in life ultimately relieves a lot of stress that can be weighing down on your heart health. According to the American Heart Association physiological stress is in the top 5 risk factors for heart disease. Your prescription this week is to try removing certain stresses from your life. If you can’t remove them, try changing your mind

Sick of Painful, Achy, & Swollen Legs?

Didn’t get the outcome you wanted? Come get a second opinion from the experts in venous care.  

Venous disease comes in many forms and is quite common in the US. Varicose veins, a type of venous disease, affects nearly 15% of US adults.

One of the most common symptoms of venous disease is swelling. Not only is swelling painful and

Natural Remedies to Lower Blood Pressure

Uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a silent killer amongst us. For many, high blood pressure symptoms are non-existent. Without treatment, high blood pressure can cause severe damage to your heart, brain and more. An astonishing 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and only about half actually

Thoughtful Tuesday

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

February is all about raising awareness around heart disease. We hope by raising awareness about the number one killer in the US, we will motivate people to learn about the signs, symptoms and prevention. Dr. Khatib recently educated some of the members

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