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Another First For FCCI: New Treatment for CLI Patients

Congratulations to Dr. Vaqar Ali, Interventional Cardiologist, for being the first in Florida to perform the new Esprit BTK procedure!

Esprit BTK (below the knee) is an investigational device that treats patients with CLI (critical limb ischemia) below the knee. Patients with CLI, have reduced blood flow to their feet because the blood vessels in their legs are blocked.

Treatment with

Mask Do’s & Don’ts

COVID-19 has spread all across the world in 2020 and will continue to spread in 2021 until the majority of the population gets vaccinated. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends wearing a mask and to socially distancing yourself from others. Masks can be highly effective in slowing

Bulging Veins: not just a cosmetic problem

It’s true- the blue, bulging veins- referred to as varicose veins- are often associated with the elderly. Nearly a quarter of US adults have varicose veins. Many worry about the appearance of varicose veins but there can be more to varicose veins than just a cosmetic concern.

Varicose veins can happen for a variety of reasons. Individuals that have more

Behind The White Coat: Dr. Ahmad Younes

As a child, Dr. Younes was sick and was constantly in the hospital. During one of his stays, Dr. Younes admired his physicians and was inspired by their ability to make patients feel better. After experiencing firsthand how a physician could change people’s lives for the better, Dr. Younes knew he wanted to be a physician.

Years into his medical

Sleep Deprivation and Heart Disease

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The known risk factors for heart disease are smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise. But now, there is a growing recognition that sleep deprivation can be a risk factor for heart disease. According to the Sleep Foundation, lack

COVID-19 & Heart Disease: What Do You Need To Know?

COVID-19 has significant impacts on us as a nation. Even for individuals who did not contract COVID-19, the pandemic may still have negative consequences on our health through an increase in unhealthy habits and fear of seeking treatment.

What If I Have Heart Disease?

As you are aware through many CDC alerts, patients who are older and/or have underlying conditions,

Preventing Heart Disease At Any Age

The choices you make everyday are essential to your heart health and quality of life as you age. No matter your age, eating a healthy diet and maintaining physical activity will reduce your risk for heart disease. The first step of decreasing your risk is to educate yourself on what you can do. Over the years, unhealthy habits, like

How To Have A Heart Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season can be known as a joyous time, filled with family gatherings, good food, and fun parties. But, there are many negative aspects to the holidays that contribute to the spike in heart disease deaths during the holiday season. These aspects include, stress, loneliness, and excessive eating and drinking.

National Diabetes Month

November 1st marks the beginning of National Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) almost half of America’s adult population suffers from diabetes. The CDC estimates that over 30 million Americans over the age of 18 have diabetes, and a shocking 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes.

It is important to recognize the

FCCI Supplies Free Flu Shots to Jacksonville Teachers

Teachers at River City Science Academy (RCSA), a local public charter school, were given the opportunity to receive a free flu shot while at school.  First Coast Cardiovascular Institute partnered with the charter school to provide the shot for free to their teachers this year. 

This school year for teachers has presented tremendous challenges.

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