Heart Blog

The Benefits of Swimming

Swimming is an activity done during the summertime. Many people swim in order to escape the summer heat, but swimming can have many positive impacts on your health.

According to Harvard Health, swimming can improve your heart and lung health. As you swim your heart rate and breathing rate decline, this is because swimming trains your body to use oxygen

Protect your Skin During the Summer Heat

As the summer season approaches, more outdoor activities in the sun will be taking place. With that being said, it is important to understand the precautions you must take in order to protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause damage to your skin. This damage

How Mental Health Can Impact Your Heart Health

Throughout the years, doctors and scientists believed that the connection between mental and physical health was strictly behavioral. But that mindset has started to change. According to the American Heart Association, there is research that shows that there could be psychological connections as well.
The American Heart Association states that the chemical and biological factors that

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

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