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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

Behind the White Coat | Dr. Bruce Krieger

Dr. Bruce Krieger has been serving the Jacksonville community for over 14 years.

Dr. Krieger says the most fulfilling part of medicine is seeing the change you make in a patient’s life, “Helping patients and families receive life-saving medical care with compassion is the most rewarding part of my career,” he says. 

Dr. Krieger started his journey in medicine at

Atrial Fibrillation: A Growing Epidemic 

Atrial fibrillation (afib) is a growing epidemic in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates there are 2.7-6 million individuals living with afib in the country. However, the American Heart Association (AHA) believes this number will grow to 12 million by 2050. That is a large portion of the US population. 


Thoughtful Tuesday

In the middle of such a crisis, it is still important to look on the bright side. Times may be difficult now, but there is always an opportunity to give back to our community, help those in need, or accomplish something that has been on the backburner.

Now that the world has slowed down, maybe you can start reorganizing your

Diet Trends | The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

We live in a world with massive amounts of information constantly being thrown at us. A big chunk of that information is how to lose weight with diets. There are thousands of diets out there, each claiming to offer the quickest and longest lasting results.

However, instead of focusing on instantly losing weight, we should

Sleep Apnea & COVID-19: What You Need to Know

How does sleep apnea affect my risk for COVID-19?

If you are affected by sleep apnea, you may be concerned about how your condition affects your chances of contracting COVID-19. To date, there is no evidence suggesting those with sleep apnea are more likely to get COVID-19.

However, if you do contract COVID-19, having a chronic illness, such a sleep

How Does my Heart Condition Affect my Risk for COVID-19?

As you are aware through many CDC alerts, patients who are older and/or have underlying conditions defined broadly as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and others, are at increased risk to have complications if they contract COVID-19.

To date, there is no evidence that such patients are more likely to contract the virus, but clear evidence

Heart Health While Social Distancing | Free, Live Webinar

Join us for a free live webinar presented by Dr. Jason Roberts on Thursday, April 16th at 6PM. The topic of discussion will be how to stay heart healthy while social distancing.

Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Age is Just a Number…but Now Science Agrees 

It’s the oldest cliché. With every passing birthday, we hear the phrase “age is just a number.” However, science is starting to agree. 

According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the results of a simple exercise stress test can say a lot when it comes to how

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