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Raising Awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease

September 14, 2017

PAD AWARENESS BLOG 9.14.17-1September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) awareness month! PAD is a cardiovascular condition characterized by narrowing of the peripheral arteries, which results in poor blood flow to the extremities. While PAD can affect the arteries of the head, arms, and stomach, the disease is most prevalent in the legs and can cause symptoms such as leg cramps, leg pain, and fatigue when walking. Continue reading “Raising Awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease” »

IMPORTANT | Clinics Closed for Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

Due to Hurricane Irma, all Jacksonville Clinic & First Coast Cardiovascular Institute offices will be closed Friday, September 8th and Monday, September 11th. We will resume business on Tuesday, September 12th. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Stay safe everyone!

Thoughtful Tuesday

August 29, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY 8.29.17 edit“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

-Jane Goodall

Dr. Afsh understands that making a difference in the lives of his patients includes improving their quality of care. As one of the founders of Jacksonville Clinic, he emphasizes the importance of providing integrated specialty care to every patient.

Stress & Heart Health: The Connection

August 17, 2017

HEART BLOG 8.17.17Stress is an inevitable aspect of life. Whether it’s the stress of meeting deadlines at work or school, managing your finances, or juggling multiple obligations between family and friends, stress is something that is part of our daily lives.  Not only can stress leave you feeling mentally exhausted, it can also produce very real physiologic symptoms that may affect your heart. Continue reading “Stress & Heart Health: The Connection” »

The Truth about Fasting Diets

August 10, 2017

FASTING ARTICLEMost 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.   Continue reading “The Truth about Fasting Diets” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

August 1, 2017

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“When you are progressing toward a goal that matters to you and appreciating the steps along the way, that’s a good life.”

All of our providers at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic have one goal in mind: to provide quality care to all of our patients. Their motivation, paired with a passion for what they do, is what contributes to our amazing team of doctors and healthcare professionals.

How to Have a Healthy Summer

July 21, 2017

blogWith 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 is essential in helping your heart pump blood efficiently throughout your body. While a tall glass of water is the most direct way to keep your body hydrated, there are other sources of water that can be found in variety of foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, and cucumbers.
  • Wear sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen can help prevent your risk of developing skin cancer during your lifetime. The AAD recommends using a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin.
  • Wear sunglasses. Although you may not realize it, the sun’s damaging rays can affect your eyes just like they affect your skin increasing your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration (or vision loss), and even eyelid cancer.
  • Beat heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s temperature reaches 104°F or more, which can cause brain, heart, and kidney damage if not treated promptly. Symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, headache, and tachycardia. Beat the heat this summer by avoiding intense outdoor activities between noon and 3:00pm when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Make a healthy summer treat. Rather than reaching for an ice cream cone, which can be full of empty calories, try making your own fresh fruit pops for a sweet treat that’s also good for you. Simply mash up some of your favorite fruit in a cup (such as strawberries, mangoes, or watermelon) and freeze overnight with a popsicle stick in the middle. The next day you’ll have a healthy sweet treat to enjoy!

Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs

July 13, 2017

iStock Healthcare Costs - font 2 blogEveryone wants to stay happy and healthy. However, rising healthcare costs may deter patients from seeking the care they need. According to a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 25% of Americans have neglected their medical care, or know someone who has, due to the costs. Furthermore, the same study found that 56% of Americans worry that they may not be able to afford quality healthcare.  Continue reading “Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

July 11, 2017

_DUR0100“The gift of love is an education in itself.”

Medicine is both a science and an art. Passion, commitment, and a love for medicine are part of the field.

Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health

June 29, 2017

LAUREN GLUTEN FREEBy 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 between wheat and rye). Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as glue that holds food together. It can be found in a variety of foods, some that you may not even realize.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health” »

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