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Thoughtful Tuesday

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”- Rainbow Rowell

It can be overwhelming to make a lifestyle changes to improve your heart health, but this task can be made easier by starting small and accomplishing goals

Amputation Prevention Center at FCCI

Together, we can prevent wounds from getting to a state where amputation is the only choice.

More than 30 US adults are living with diabetes. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Every 30 seconds, someone undergoes an amputation as a result of diabetes (World Journal of Diabetes)

Every year, 73,000 diabetics undergo an amputation of the lower limb. (Centers for Disease Control

Testimonial | George Haddad

Earlier this year, I had an unfortunate cardiac health scare that required Dr. Khatib’s intervention and treatment, and I ended it up with two stents one in my LAD and the second one in my RCA, one month apart.  I feel truly blessed for him being the cardiovascular specialist who treated me and operated on my heart.  He gave

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

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