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The Latest Clinical Research at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute

One of the most important ways to advance medicine is clinical research. In 2007, FCCI established a clinical research department that has since enrolled nearly 3,000 patients. Housing research allows our patients to be the first to benefit from exciting new technology in the field.

FCCI is proud to be taking part in the following research studies:

V-Wave Interatrial Shunt

What You Didn’t Know About Heart Attacks

We have all heard of heart attacks and the common symptoms that occur. However, what you may not know is that heart attacks actually come in different shapes and sizes. There are different types of heart attacks; each with their own severity, symptoms, and urgencies.



A STEMI means that a complete blockage has occurred in a coronary artery. According

5 Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy

February is American Heart Month. The purpose of American Heart Month is to spread awareness on heart disease. In honor of heart month, here are 5 tips to keep your heart healthy:


Eat a Heart Healthy Diet

According to the Heart Foundation, a heart healthy diet is a pattern, that doesn’t just focus on one nutrient or food, rather it

Another First For FCCI: New Treatment for CLI Patients

Congratulations to Dr. Vaqar Ali, Interventional Cardiologist, for being the first in Florida to perform the new Esprit BTK procedure!

Esprit BTK (below the knee) is an investigational device that treats patients with CLI (critical limb ischemia) below the knee. Patients with CLI, have reduced blood flow to their feet because the blood vessels in their legs are blocked.

Treatment with

Mask Do’s & Don’ts

COVID-19 has spread all across the world in 2020 and will continue to spread in 2021 until the majority of the population gets vaccinated. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends wearing a mask and to socially distancing yourself from others. Masks can be highly effective in slowing

Bulging Veins: not just a cosmetic problem

It’s true- the blue, bulging veins- referred to as varicose veins- are often associated with the elderly. Nearly a quarter of US adults have varicose veins. Many worry about the appearance of varicose veins but there can be more to varicose veins than just a cosmetic concern.

Varicose veins can happen for a variety of reasons. Individuals that have more

Behind The White Coat: Dr. Ahmad Younes

As a child, Dr. Younes was sick and was constantly in the hospital. During one of his stays, Dr. Younes admired his physicians and was inspired by their ability to make patients feel better. After experiencing firsthand how a physician could change people’s lives for the better, Dr. Younes knew he wanted to be a physician.

Years into his medical

Sleep Deprivation and Heart Disease

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The known risk factors for heart disease are smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise. But now, there is a growing recognition that sleep deprivation can be a risk factor for heart disease. According to the Sleep Foundation, lack

COVID-19 & Heart Disease: What Do You Need To Know?

COVID-19 has significant impacts on us as a nation. Even for individuals who did not contract COVID-19, the pandemic may still have negative consequences on our health through an increase in unhealthy habits and fear of seeking treatment.

What If I Have Heart Disease?

As you are aware through many CDC alerts, patients who are older and/or have underlying conditions,

Preventing Heart Disease At Any Age

The choices you make everyday are essential to your heart health and quality of life as you age. No matter your age, eating a healthy diet and maintaining physical activity will reduce your risk for heart disease. The first step of decreasing your risk is to educate yourself on what you can do. Over the years, unhealthy habits, like

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