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How Yoga Can Improve Your Heart Health

yoga blog postOriginating in India thousands of years ago, the art of yoga continues to inspire people around the world today. Yoga is a meditative practice that uses physical postures and breathing techniques to enhance the mind, body, spirit connection. In addition to these benefits, yoga can also improve your heart

How to Get the Best Blood Pressure Reading

BLOG 5.10.18We all know how important it is to check your blood pressure regularly for signs of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease. Oftentimes, however, blood pressure readings may be inaccurate the first time they are read. Stress, anxiety, caffeine, and even talking during the test are all factors that could affect

DASH: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

DASH DIETWith the American Heart Association’s recent announcement that redefines the starting point of high blood pressure, it’s more important than ever to take precautionary measures to protect your heart health. One way to do this is by adhering to a certain diet known as DASH, or Dietary Approach to

Celebrating American Heart Month

HEART MONTH BLOG GRAPHICThis month you’ll see plenty of red hearts everywhere, but it’s not just for Valentine’s Day. February is also American Heart Month, which is the perfect time to focus on your heart health and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Continue reading “Celebrating American Heart Month” »

New Guidelines Redefine High Blood Pressure

BP BLOG POST 12.28.17We’ve all been there – sitting in the doctor’s office lobby waiting to be called back for your appointment. Before you see your provider, you go through a series of small tests to check your vital signs: height, weight, temperature, and most importantly, blood pressure. Although it may

Q&A with Licensed Massage Therapist, Wendy Norman

The heart health benefits of massage therapy  

massage therapyIn addition to being a Medical Assistant at First Coast Cardiovascular, Wendy is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). With over two decades of experience in the medical field, Wendy decided to become an LMT to learn healing techniques that would benefit the

Exercise Regularly to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Springtime in Florida means more sunshine, fresh air, and longer days – it’s the perfect time to kick-start your exercise routine after a long winter of staying indoors and indulging too much. Exercise is also good for your health; physical activity can improve your mood and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. For adults, the

Exercise Regularly to Keep Your Heart Healthy

exercise heart healthSpringtime in Florida means more sunshine, fresh air, and longer days – it’s the perfect time to kick-start your exercise routine after a long winter of staying indoors and indulging too much. Exercise is also good for your health; physical activity can improve your mood and lower your risk

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

fcciblog1Visiting 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

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