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Our New Go-To Heart Healthy Food: Avocado

In honor of Heart Month, we’ll be talking about one of our favorite heart-healthy fruit, avocado. What makes avocado so good? First and most importantly, the taste is heavenly. Avocado is often referred to as a healthy fat. We know it may seem strange to refer to fat as healthy

What is Blood Pressure and Why Does It Matter?

February is National Heart Month! The heart is our full-time job so we couldn’t be more excited to have an entire month dedicated to our cause. We’ll be shamelessly taking this opportunity to talk about the prevention and management of heart disease this entire month. If you have

Check out our Patient Portal!

We pretty much rely on the internet for everything these days. When we feel sick, we google our symptoms to find out what’s going on. When we’re looking for health information, we look to the internet to give us answers. Now, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is offering our patients an easy

Tips for a Healthier Night’s Sleep from our Sleep Medicine Specialists

A good night’s sleep sets the tone for a productive & positive day. That’s why we are passionate about sleep. Our Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists, Drs. Irram Hamdani & Daniel Thielemann, believe sleep is a critical aspect of a comprehensive healthy lifestyle. Check out their tips for a healthier night’s sleep.

5 Heart Healthy Tips for the Kitchen

We’ve heard a rumor that our friend at Jacksonville Clinic, Dr. Oscar Rodas, is an amazing chef outside of clinic. We’ve even heard he created a cookbook for his wife. When it comes to the kitchen, preparing healthy meals doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. Check out Dr. Rodas’

Dr. Afsh Shares Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

With the opening of our Lipid Clinic in early February, Dr. Afsh,Board Certified Lipidologist, shares a few tips to help you lower your cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Lowering your cholesterol can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Thank you, Readers!

As we count down down the final hours of 2015, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past year. We are grateful to have seen the Heart Blog flourish in 2015. We want to say thank you to all of our dedicated readers for your

The Holiday Season with the FCCI Family


We feel so fortunate to spend the holiday season with the FCCI  family! We love when our team breaks out the santa hats and gets into the holiday spirit. On behalf of the physicians and team at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, we want to wish you and your loved ones a

Healthy Recipe from our Doctor: Farro Salad

Dr. Andrea DeNeen enjoys making farro salad for her family as part of a heart healthy dinner. Farro has been part of the Italian cuisine for thousands of years. It has about eight grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber and 28 grams of protein per cup. It is rich in minerals that may

Our Favorite 1 Minute Workout (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

For years, we’ve read countless articles on how to sneak exercise into our daily routines & how to make exercising more convenient. I’m sure by now we understand how important exercise is, but little did we know the impact of just one minute. A study

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