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Our Team is on the Run!

January 18, 2018

RUNNING CLUB BLOG POST 1.18.18We 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 of low-intensity running is enough to extend life by several years, compared to not running at all.”

Tips for Runners:

  • Invest in a good pair of running shoes that cater to your running style: There are many different types of running shoes that will boost your running.
  • Join a running group: Running with a group will keep you motivated and is a great way to meet people in your community – just ask members of our club!
  • Develop a plan: There are great running plans available online or at your local running store. You can also download many apps that map out a running trail for you (such as “Map My Run”).
  • Get fueled: Don’t underestimate the power of getting fuels before you run! The ideal meal, about an hour and a half before your run, is a 200-calorie meal that consists of complex carbs and proteins. Not eating enough before your run can make you feel fatigued; eating too close can cause an upset stomach.  And don’t forget to eat after your run. It is recommended that you eat a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein 30-40 minutes after your run to allow your muscles to rebuild quickly.
  • Warm up: Before starting your run be sure to warm up all muscle groups with stretching and a light walk. This will reduce the risk of injury and muscle tightness during your run.
  • Stay hydrated: Remember to drink, drink, drink! Drinking 16 ounces of water an hour before your run will prevent you from dehydration and improve your performance.
  • Change of scenery: Try a variety of different routes and trails so you always have a new location to look forward to.


Mindfulness Meditation & Your Health

January 12, 2018

Mindful Meditation 1.12.18There are many benefits to mindfulness meditation – or the psychological state of experiencing the present moment – that go beyond reducing stress. Not only has it been linked to a lower risk of developing heart disease and hypertension but it may also help in the development of healthier habits. Continue reading “Mindfulness Meditation & Your Health” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

January 9, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesday 1.9.18“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”
–Albert Einstein

 Our dynamic team of employees is always looking for ways to learn from one another and think outside the box when it comes to serving our patients and our community.

Heart Failure Clinic

January 4, 2018

HEART FAILURE BLOG 12.21.17Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition affecting five million Americans, according to Emory Healthcare. It is the reason for 11 million doctors’ visits every year and is responsible for more hospitalizations than all cancers combined.

Along with its vast presence in the U.S. population, its mortality rates unfortunately remain relatively high. More than half of those diagnosed will pass away within five years, according to Emory Healthcare. It is the goal of the First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) team to give patients with CHF a chance at living a quality life with their diagnosis. Continue reading “Heart Failure Clinic” »

New Guidelines Redefine High Blood Pressure

December 28, 2017

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 seem like just another mundane aspect of your appointment, checking your blood pressure is actually one of the most important steps in detecting hypertension – especially with the new guidelines that redefine the starting point of high blood pressure.  Continue reading “New Guidelines Redefine High Blood Pressure” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 19, 2017

THOUGHT TUES 12.19.17“Wishing you a season of gladness, a season of cheer, and to top it all off—a wonderful year!”

Happy Holidays from the team at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic! We hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season with your friends and loved ones.

Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare this year. We can’t wait to see what the New Year brings.

Debunking Holiday Food Myths

December 15, 2017

BLOG POST 12.15.17By 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 the holidays, but studies show that it may not be as much as you think. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average weight gain for the US population over the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is just under two pounds! While these statistics are encouraging to hear, it’s still important to be mindful of your eating habits for the rest of the holiday season. Continue reading “Debunking Holiday Food Myths” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 5, 2017

THOUGHT TUESDAY 12.5.17“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” –William Arthur Ward

At Jacksonville Clinic & First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, we strive every day to help our patients, colleagues, and friends become the best version of themselves.

Spotting a Heart Attack Before It Becomes a Heart Attack

November 30, 2017

HEART ATTACK BLOG POST 11.30.17By Priscilla Christopher

Every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Associations’ (AHA) 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Report. Its symptoms and warning signs vary based on several factors: age, family, personal health history, gender and lifestyle. Many people ignore warning signs long before the attack occurs. Continue reading “Spotting a Heart Attack Before It Becomes a Heart Attack” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

November 21, 2017

THOUGHT TUESDAY 11.21.17“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, this holiday weekend reminds us to embrace an attitude of gratitude as we cherish this time with our friends and loved ones.

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