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What is Blood Pressure and Why Does It Matter?

February is National Heart Month! The heart is our full-time job so we couldn’t be more excited to have an entire month dedicated to our cause. We’ll be shamelessly taking this opportunity to talk about the prevention and management of heart disease this entire month. If you have

Back to School: Screenings To Get Your Child Ready for Fall Sports

The first day of school is just around the corner, which means many student athletes will be starting practice for sports such as football or cross country. But training too hard in the Florida heat can be dangerous. In this interview with First Coast Living, Dr. Moussa discusses the potential symptoms of heart problems and how you can get

Practice Meditation for Better Heart Health

In our newest guest blog post, Karen from the Jacksonville Transcendental Meditation Center talks about the benefits of meditation for heart health. Read on for her advice!

Doctors have long suspected that there is a powerful connection between mind and body. This connection means that practicing mental techniques like meditation can affect physical wellbeing and reduce the risk of

TAVR: A New Surgery for At-Risk Cardiac Patients

A cutting-edge, lifesaving heart procedure now offers hope to patients with a diseased aortic valve. We are excited to announce that Dr. Vaqar Ali, Vice President of First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, is part of a team of surgeons and cardiologists performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery in

Take the “Crash” Out of Dieting

What’s in your fridge? Spring is a great time to take a closer look at your diet and make sure you’re getting the right nutrients, but the foods you eat can also impact your heart health. In this Q&A, Dr. Al-Saghir helps you eat your way to cardiovascular health!

Friendship Can Help Protect Your Heart, The Atlantic Reports

For decades, scientists have known that friendship is important for emotional health – people with a large group of friends and acquaintances experience less stress, loneliness, and depression. Now, The Atlantic reports, a new study shows that social

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

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

Dr. Khatib Interview with WSOS St. Augustine

In honor of American Heart Month, Dr. Khatib sat down with Kevin Geddings and Sam Mascato of WSOS 99.5 – St Augustine to discuss the trends he’s seen in heart disease over his 15-year career. A few highlights: (more…)

Dr. Cox Shines a Light on PAH for American Heart Month

American Heart Month is just wrapping up, but your cardiovascular health should be a concern all year long. Dr. Marcus Cox recently sat down with the team at First Coast Living to share information about pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
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