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The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have

How Cigarette Smoking Impacts your Cardiovascular Health

We all know that smoking causes devastating effects to your health. However, nearly 40 million people in the United States still smoke on a regular basis. Even smoking just a few cigarettes a day can have a tremendous impact on your body – specifically, your cardiovascular system.

Thoughtful Tuesday

“People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.” – Elon Musk
Our Certified Medical Assistants thrive on providing compassionate patient care every day. When our patients are healthy and happy, so are our CMA’s!

Cholesterol Education

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? It’s important to maintain your cholesterol levels because high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Thankfully, with the help of your physician or registered dietitian, your diet and other lifestyle

Thoughtful Tuesday

“I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.” –Lewis Howes
Our cath lab staff are champions when it comes to meeting the highest industry standards. Thanks to their commitment to excellence, our

Raising Awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) awareness month! PAD is a cardiovascular condition characterized by narrowing of the peripheral arteries, which results in poor blood flow to the extremities. While PAD can affect the arteries of the head, arms, and stomach, the disease is most prevalent in the

IMPORTANT | Clinics Closed for Hurricane Irma

Due to Hurricane Irma, all Jacksonville Clinic & First Coast Cardiovascular Institute offices will be closed Friday, September 8th and Monday, September 11th. We will resume business on Tuesday, September 12th. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Stay safe everyone!

Thoughtful Tuesday

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
-Jane Goodall
Dr. Afsh understands that making a difference in the lives of his patients includes improving their quality of care.

Stress & Heart Health: The Connection

Stress is an inevitable aspect of life. Whether it’s the stress of meeting deadlines at work or school, managing your finances, or juggling multiple obligations between family and friends, stress is something that is part of our daily lives.  Not only can stress leave you feeling mentally exhausted, it

The Truth about Fasting Diets

Most people are accustomed to eating three meals a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of a healthy diet. However, recent studies have shown that diets that include intermittent fasting may help you live a longer life and lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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