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Frequently Asked Patient Questions, Part 2: Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

In the second part of this series, we answer frequently asked questions from patients on blood pressure and cholesterol:

What is a healthy blood pressure?
A healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80. The first number is called systolic pressure and measures the pressure of the arteries when the heart is beating. The second number, referred to as diastolic pressure,

Frequently Asked Patient Questions, Part 1: Risk Factors and Diet

Visiting the doctor can be a stressful experience;  leading up to the appointment, you may have questions or health concerns, but when the time comes you forget to bring them up.

Below, we’ve listed some of the questions we often hear from patients, on topics like cardiovascular disease, diet, and weight loss. See

2014: A Year of Growth

2014 was full of big milestones at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute. We continued to develop groundbreaking specialties, grow our team, and serve thousands of patients in Northeast Florida. Read about our biggest accomplishments below.

The first Chief Medical Officer outside of the hospital setting:
Issam Moussa, MD joined the team as FCCI’s

6 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday Season

During the holidays, many of us look forward to parties and gatherings with our loved ones. Unfortunately, all those seasonal treats can make for tighter waistbands and added pounds. Let our tips guide you into a healthier, more energetic holiday season.

1. Don’t show up to gatherings with an empty stomach:

Understanding Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, we often see patients who complain of leg pain. This pain is often described as an “aching” or “cramping” in the legs. When this pain is matched with other symptoms, including tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, or heaviness in the legs, then you may be suffering from pain associated with varicose veins and spider veins.


6 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease

Although heart disease is a leading cause of death, it doesn’t have to be your own fate. There are ways that you can prevent heart disease and any future damage to your health and your heart. Today, we’ll explore different ways that you can incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

These days, we all move fast. Between work, soccer practice, laundry and cooking meals, it’s difficult to find time for yourself or even stop to recognize when your body is trying to deliver you a message. The warning signs before a heart attack are clear and it’s important to stop, take a breath, and recognize the dangers before it’s

Collaborative Cardiovascular Care is The Key to Success at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute®

Your cardiovascular health is no longer a one-man show; these days it takes a village of subspecialties to keep your ticker ticking!

It used to be that the general practitioner took care of all our medical needs. That was more than 50 years ago. Since then, the revolution in cardiovascular medicine and technology has made

Emergency surgery followed many missed chances to diagnose illness

Emergency surgery followed many missed chances to diagnose illness
By Sandra G. Boodman

Songer, then 54, was alone in his Jacksonville, Fla., home after a long day at work when he suddenly felt a searing pain — “like something hit me on the back of the head with a sledgehammer” — that

Powerhouse Physicians

Women in Medicine Delivering Extraordinary Care at Orange Park Medical Center
By Cheryl Lock



That was the answer every one of the nine physicians—all of whom are on staff at Orange Park Medical Center — gave while being interviewed when the question was, “What do you love about your job?”

It’s a hard question

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