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How to Spice Up Your Water

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. After all, more than half of the human body is made of water. But let’s face it – sometimes it’s hard to reach for another glass of plain, tasteless water day after day. Here are some of our

DASH: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

With 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

This 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. (more…)

Our Team is on the Run!

We are always encouraging our patients to live the healthiest life possible. We start by being an example. Our dedicated running club hits the trails each week.

Some Useful Tips and Tricks

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “Even 5 – 10 minutes a day

Debunking Holiday Food Myths

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

It’s that time of year again—the holiday season—a time when we gather with all of our loved ones to spend time together, catch up on the years’ events, and enjoy some of our favorite holiday foods. We’ve all heard that people gain weight over

Cholesterol Education

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month? It’s important to maintain your cholesterol levels because high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Thankfully, with the help of your physician or registered dietitian, your diet and other lifestyle

The Truth about Fasting Diets

Most people are accustomed to eating three meals a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of a healthy diet. However, recent studies have shown that diets that include intermittent fasting may help you live a longer life and lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

How to Have a Healthy Summer

With summer in full swing it’s more important than ever to maintain your health during these hot summer days! Whether you are taking a vacation, staying at home, or enjoying a day at the beach, these tips will help you stay happy and healthy this summer:

Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated

Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

“Gluten-free” is a term that we see more often than ever with food companies and diet trends stating that gluten is harmful.  But what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross

Q&A with Licensed Massage Therapist, Wendy Norman

The heart health benefits of massage therapy  

In 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

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