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The Importance of Diaphragmatic Breathing

What is diaphragmatic breathing?

Diaphragmatic breathing strengthens your diaphragm, which is an important muscle for deep breathing. There are many benefits to relearning how to breathe through your diaphragm. It is practiced in almost all meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

Why Is it important?

When we are young, deep breaths were natural. As we age, life

Can you Really Catch up on Sleep?

When it comes to sleep patterns, every night counts. Insufficient sleep can disrupt metabolism, and it is a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Still, approximately a third of US adults sleep fewer than the recommended 7 hours a night.

A recent study, done by JAMA, proved just how important getting the proper amount

The Ins and Outs of Cardiomyopathy 

Cardiomyopathy is a disease that can lead to heart failure. It is a disease that affects your heart muscles making it difficult for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body.


The early stages of cardiomyopathy may have little or no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses the symptoms can become severe. Be sure to always be aware

Humans of FCCI | Dr. Cary Rose

Dr. Cary Rose


I’ll never forget the first time I put a biventricular device in a patient nearly a decade ago. The patient felt different 10 minutes after we turned the device on. The family said, “Look at his face, he looks like a different person.” He did look different. Now his heart was pumping for the first time in

What to Eat when You are Eating Out

Let’s start out with the best advice there is when it comes to eating healthy: have a game plan. It’s easier to implement your game plan when you are in a routine, but what happens when the routine is broken? Maybe it’s your friend’s birthday and you are all gathering at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or you have a

Thoughtful Tuesday

If 2019 was not your year, it is ok! A new year can be a fresh start. Never give up and make a brand new ending. Happy New Year’s Eve from FCCI!

FCCI Physicians First in the Area to Implant Novel Heart Failure Device

Drs. Vaqar Ali and Sumant Lamba are the first in the area to implant a new device that may potentially improve symptoms for heart failure patients. “This is truly the latest in heart failure treatment options,” said Principal Investigator and interventional cardiologist, Dr. Lamba. The device is called the V-Wave interatrial shunt device and is being implanted at Memorial

3 Quick Additions to Boost your Heart Health

Between the foods you are told you should be eating and the foods you are told to avoid, eating heart healthy may seem overwhelming. However, we have a way to add a heart healthy kick to the meals you are already eating (no life-shattering changes required). Below are three examples of easy and quick additions to get you started:

Supplements for Your Heart Health: A Hype or Reality?

You’re standing in aisle B at the pharmacy, staring at hundreds of supplements that all claim to have different health benefits. You may feel lost and confused when it comes to supplements and you are not the only one.

Supplements claim to provide a myriad of benefits, from weight loss to accelerated health and physical strength. Most American diets lack

The Risks of Sleep Deprivation

If you are experiencing fatigue during the day due to lack of sleep, you are not alone. In fact, 35% of adults report that they do not get enough sleep, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The causes for this astonishing amount of sleep deprived American falls under two major categories: lifestyle/occupation and sleep disorders, according to

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