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How To Have A Heart Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season can be known as a joyous time, filled with family gatherings, good food, and fun parties. But, there are many negative aspects to the holidays that contribute to the spike in heart disease deaths during the holiday season. These aspects include, stress, loneliness, and excessive eating and drinking.

National Diabetes Month

November 1st marks the beginning of National Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) almost half of America’s adult population suffers from diabetes. The CDC estimates that over 30 million Americans over the age of 18 have diabetes, and a shocking 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes.

It is important to recognize the

FCCI Supplies Free Flu Shots to Jacksonville Teachers

Teachers at River City Science Academy (RCSA), a local public charter school, were given the opportunity to receive a free flu shot while at school.  First Coast Cardiovascular Institute partnered with the charter school to provide the shot for free to their teachers this year. 

This school year for teachers has presented tremendous challenges.

Loneliness Can Take A Toll On Your Heart

This year has taken a dramatic toll on many of our social lives. Social plans and family gatherings have been put on hold, and many of us are left feeling more isolated than we have ever felt before. Social isolation, also referred to as perceived social isolation, can negatively affect your health at any age.

Alcohol Consumption and High Blood Pressure in Diabetes

Individuals who have diabetes and consume more than one alcoholic beverage a day risk developing high blood pressure, according to a study done by the American Heart Association. Research showed that when eight to fourteen alcoholic beverages were consumed in one week, the chances of developing high blood pressure were increased by 79%.

Doctor Ali And The LOTUS Edge Device

Doctor Vaqar Ali at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is one of the first cardiologists in Jacksonville to use the newly FDA approved Lotus Edge Valve System for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered high-risk for open heart surgery.

As a non-surgical alternative for these patients, often with complex anatomical challenges, the trans-catheter

Fall Favorites: Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is finally upon us! To welcome in the cooler Florida weather, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. This butternut squash soup is bound to satisfy your craving while also being heart healthy! Check out the recipe below:


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Orange Park Medical Center Awarded By The American Heart Association

The First Coast Cardiovascular (FCCI) team has been the primary cardiologists treating cardiovascular patients at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC) since 2013. Through this partnership, both organizations have had the honor of being recognized as one of the best in the nation by US News & The American Heart Association. 

OPMC has earned all American Heart Association as well as

How Does Cholesterol Affect My Heart Health?

You often hear cholesterol being thrown around in health articles or in your conversations with your physician. What exactly do your cholesterol levels mean for you heart health? Let’s break it down.

Cholesterol can affect your heart health because it circulates through your blood stream. If your body has too much cholesterol, it could build up and form plaque that

Good Hygiene Habits During COVID-19

Protecting yourself during a pandemic may seem overwhelming, but there are simple steps we can all follow to protect ourselves and others.

Covid-19 is primarily spread person to person when you are within six feet of distance. According to the CDC, the spread of the virus occurs when water droplets containing the virus are emitted through talking, laughing, coughing, or

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