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FCCI’s Advancements in Cardiology

Since 2002, our organization has built a reputation of providing compassionate care to the residents of Northeast Florida. We have consistently brought the latest advancements in medicine to the region, allowing our patients to be the first to benefit from exciting new technology.

More than 50 years ago, the general practitioner took care of all our medical needs. Since then,

How Do Our Providers Destress?

We asked our providers:

How do you destress:


Brenda Murphy, APRN

I will either listen to music while running or along the shoreline listening to the ocean.


Merdijana Ahmetovic, APRN

I hug and kiss my 3 sweet children and I am all de-stressed!



Gina Luncan, APRN

Gym! I also love spending time on the water.


Cecilia Pitts, APRN

I love video games, reading, exercise, and of course, spending

The Benefits of Nature Walks

Did you know that spending a significant time in nature can reduce your stress, anxiety, and depression? According to Harvard Health, there are many health benefits of spending time in nature.


Spending time in nature can reduce negative thoughts.                                      According to

FCCI Now Offers a New Option for Dialysis Patients

Drs. Yazan Khatib, Youssef Al-Saghir and Ahmad Younes created another FCCI first by being the first interventional cardiologists in Florida and second in the nation to perform the percutaneous arteriovenous fistula (AVF) procedure utilizing the WavelinQ EndoAVF device.

The WavelinQ is a next generation device that enables our doctors to perform a non-surgical AVF access, eliminating the need for complicated

Healthcare Buzzwords Defined

Healthcare is always evolving. We are on a constant mission to be able to provide better care with less cost and more convenience. With that comes buzzwords that we hear in the news, at our doctors’ appointments or when enrolling for insurance. This glossary will help you learn some of the words buzzing around healthcare these days.

Value-Based Care
Value-based healthcare

Fact or Fiction: What You Need to Know About Vaping

There isn’t a single doubt that smoking is one of the best habits you can kick. Research suggests that you can undo years of damage when you quit. In recent years, vaping has come out as the newest and trendiest way to do it. However, all of the conflicting information around vaping has our heads spinning. We brought together

Delicious Smoothie Ideas

Did you know?
Frozen fruits are frozen very shortly after harvesting, allowing them to fully ripen and reach their nutritional peak. This means that they are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Mixed Berries Smoothie (221Kcal)
-1/2 cups of milk (can use regular milk or almond milk to cut down calories)
-1 banana
-1 ½ cups frozen mixed berries
-¾ cup Greek yogurt (can substitute

The Latest Clinical Research at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute

One of the most important ways to advance medicine is clinical research. In 2007, FCCI established a clinical research department that has since enrolled nearly 3,000 patients. Housing research allows our patients to be the first to benefit from exciting new technology in the field.

FCCI is proud to be taking part in the following research studies:

V-Wave Interatrial Shunt

What You Didn’t Know About Heart Attacks

We have all heard of heart attacks and the common symptoms that occur. However, what you may not know is that heart attacks actually come in different shapes and sizes. There are different types of heart attacks; each with their own severity, symptoms, and urgencies.



A STEMI means that a complete blockage has occurred in a coronary artery. According

5 Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month. The purpose of American Heart Month is to spread awareness on heart disease. In honor of heart month, here are 5 tips to keep your heart healthy:


Eat a Heart Healthy Diet

According to the Heart Foundation, a heart healthy diet is a pattern, that doesn’t just focus on one nutrient or food, rather it

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