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Updates in Innovation: Dr. Al-Saghir performs MitraClip Procedure

January 12, 2017


Photo courtesy of Abbott

We have done it again! It is our mission to always be the first to bring residents of the First Coast the latest treatments and advancements in medicine. Our patients deserve the best. Dr. Al-Saghir has done it again by being the first in Clay County to perform the MitraClip procedure for patients with mitral regurgitation. Continue reading “Updates in Innovation: Dr. Al-Saghir performs MitraClip Procedure” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

January 10, 2017

tmp_5832“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
-Paulo Coelho

The word “doctor” in Latin means teacher. For our physicians, being a teacher is not about sharing facts. Instead, being a teacher means that they inspire their patients to live to their fullest potential.

How to Spot a Stroke

January 5, 2017

addshoot-48We’ve all heard the terms heart disease and stroke often talked about together. One key difference between the two is awareness. We both know that at the first sign of chest pain or shortness of breath, we should head to the nearest emergency room. But what are the warning signs behind a stroke? Continue reading “How to Spot a Stroke” »

Optimistic People May Live Longer

December 30, 2016

tmp_6793We know optimistic people are generally cheerful and pleasant to be around.  A new study recently found that even your heart doctor will thank you for an optimistic attitude.

A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that heart attack survivors who had an optimistic outlook were more likely to live longer. The study examined  over 600 individuals under the age of 65 between 1992-1993. Researchers followed up with the patients in 2015 and found that participants who had scored in the highest third of optimism levels were 33% more likely to have survived than those who had scored in the middle and lowest third. That’s something to be said about having a positive attitude!

Optimism in this context refers to a hopeful outlook of the future. This doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to hardships but rather learning how to deal with the hardships in a productive way. Optimists typically take proactive steps in their health, compared to pessimists who can often engage in health-damaging activities.

Increasing your optimism levels can take time and personal growth. Test out these strategies to help increase your optimism:

  • Set reasonable goals for yourself
  • Keep a journal of your progress with your goals
  • Take the time to tell yourself three things you are grateful for everyday
  • Identify stressors and identify a strategy to cope with them
  • Spend time around people who uplift you

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 27, 2016

img_4240“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
-Oprah Winfrey

For our final Thoughtful Tuesday of 2016, we want to remind you that life is a matter of perception. As we close off the year, we are celebrating our experiences, no matter how big or small, recognizing that we are as blessed as we choose to believe we are. Thank you for reading our stories every Tuesday.

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 20, 2016


Dr. Snyder and his beautiful wife strike a pose at the FCCI Holiday Party

While the holiday season may bring lots to do, let’s not forget the most important part of the holiday season: our loved ones. Show your loved ones how much they mean to you this holiday season. Make every minute count. Happy holidays from the First Coast Cardiovascular Institute family!

“Never miss an opportunity to show your love, especially to those close to you.”

-Paulo Coelho

Online Reviews for Patients

December 15, 2016



These days, word-of-mouth is more important than ever in healthcare. Patients are spreading the word about their healthcare experiences online. 

According to a 2014 study by the American Medical Association, 35% of participants selected a physicians based on their online ratings while 37% deterred from a physician with bad ratings. 

Let’s talk online review etiquette. When leaving a review, consider the company’s mission and vision. If your experience with the company aligns with their mission and vision, they have likely earned themselves a positive review.

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI), our mission is to enhance quality of life by providing cutting-edge care with a team of compassionate experts. This means that every FCCI doctor you encounter should also be at the forefront of any advancement in medicine and speaking to you compassionately about your options openly.  

Our vision as a company is to inspire hope in individuals throughout the continuum of healthcare from wellness and prevention to the most complex disease states. This means that whether you are just looking for prevention or whether you are seeking the most innovative therapies, you feel inspired with hope every appointment.

If we’ve met our mission and vision, leave us a review!

Reviews are quick, easy, and free to leave. They are also helpful to other patients seeking a doctor. If you have had a positive experience with us, let us and the world know! You can find us on Healthgrades, Vitals, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, GooglePlus, Instagram, and insurance websites. If you prefer to stay anonymous, please do not hesitate to send us feedback on our website

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 13, 2016

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.”

-Leo Christopher

Although our doctors are always busy, they still manage to spend time with the team. By collaborating and sharing knowledge on patient care, our physicians benefit from the time they spend with each other.

Going to the Emergency Room May Result in a Surprise Out-of-Network Bill

December 8, 2016

tmp_5544Going to the emergency room often means having to endure long wait times, high stress levels, and an uncomfortable environment. A recent study found yet another reason to shy away from emergency room visits whenever possible. Continue reading “Going to the Emergency Room May Result in a Surprise Out-of-Network Bill” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

December 6, 2016

img_9664“The risk of doing nothing is the greatest risk of all.”

Our doctors spend over a decade of their lives preparing for their profession. With this comes many stresses, changes and above all, risk. The greatest achievements can emerge from the biggest risks and the greatest losses can come from no risk.

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