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The Truth about E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes (e-cigs) have been marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, but in reality, there is little research to support this. E-cigs are battery operated and their purpose is to mimic the experience of smoking a cigarette, according to the American College of Cardiology.

E-cigs work by heating the E-liquid which contains nicotine, solvent carriers (glycerol, propylene, and ethylene

Jacksonville’s Top Walking Trails

Physical activity is one of the best ways to get your heart pumping to improve your heart health. Walking is a great way to start! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 150 minutes of physical activity a week, which is about a 30-minute walk, five times a week. There are many trails around the First Coast to help you

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Sugar

Sugar is everywhere: in our drinks, in our snack and most importantly, in our favorite desserts. Studies have suggested that a higher intake of added sugar is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, according to JAMA. If you are having trouble satisfying your sweet tooth while staying away from sugar, try these delicious sugar-free substitutes by the American

True or False: Busting Myths about Heart Disease

Your heart is responsible for supplying blood to all parts of your body. When your heart is not functioning to its fullest extent, it can cause a number of problems. Below we will be busting myths about heart disease so you are better prepared to take preventative measures against it!

1. If you have heart disease, resting is the best

Behind the White Coat: Dr. Firas El-Sabbagh

When Dr. Firas El-Sabbagh was in high school, he took an anatomy class. Little did he know that anatomy class would set the trajectory for his career.

This anatomy class awoke an interest in the heart. This interest continued throughout pre-medicine years, then medical school. Cardiology was a clear choice but the next question was what to specialize in within

3 Questions to Ask your Cardiologist

Like many doctor visits, you may feel rushed or flustered during a one-on-one with your doctor. You might even find that once you get home, you have another question you forgot to ask.

When it comes to your cardiologist, your appointment might be one of the most important meetings you have about your health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one

Heart- Healthy Lunch Ideas

Tired of feeling drowsy after lunch? Give you heart and body a heart-healthy boost of nutrients that will fuel you throughout the rest of your day.


I Have Lost my Health Insurance, Now What?

If you are someone who lost their employer-based health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. In fact, as of May 2, almost 27 million Americans have lost their health coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for a majority of those who have lost their

Following a Plant-Based Diet, as Told by Dr. Brett Sasseen

Plant-based diets have been all the hype in the past few years. In fact, sales of plant-based foods have grown by 11% in the past year, according to a report published by the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association.

A plant-based diet is centered on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Essentially, more of the foods consumed

More than Half of Americans with Heart Disease Experience Financial Hardship

Heart disease is a costly illness. The CDC estimates cardiovascular disease costs the US $200 billion annually. With such a high cost, it is no surprise this financial stress is often times transferred to patients.

A study recently done by Yale University found that nearly half of Americans under the age of 65 with cardiovascular disease experience financial hardship, directly

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