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Thoughtful Tuesday

August 1, 2017


“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.

Thoughtful Tuesday

April 18, 2017

KHATIB“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”

– Dalai Lama

Dr. Khatib’s vision for First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic is to inspire hope and excel in patient-centered care. He prides himself on growing a team of physicians who provide compassionate care throughout the region.

Navigating the Holiday Season | Heart Healthy Meal Planning

November 24, 2016

005Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert, shares the tips she gives her clients during the holiday season.

The holiday season is upon us and celebrations with family and friends are underway. If you are concerned that holiday parties and food will ruin your healthful eating habits, remember that all holiday dishes can fit into a healthy eating plan. The truth is, on average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but research shows this weight tends to stay and accumulate over the years. We can avoid those extra pounds by planning.   Continue reading “Navigating the Holiday Season | Heart Healthy Meal Planning” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

November 22, 2016

img_0163“For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is.”


Thanksgiving is just a few short days away! This Thanksgiving, take a break from the dining room table and take a minute to go outside and appreciate everything the world has to offer.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Members: Rate our Doctors

November 10, 2016

sssl9074We are proud that many of our doctors have earned the Blue Distinction Total Care honor from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Blue Distinction Total Care is a national program that recognizes doctors who take the time to foster strong relationships with their patients. The program honors physicians who keep prevention, personalized care and patient care needs at the forefront of their practice. Continue reading “Blue Cross Blue Shield Members: Rate our Doctors” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

November 8, 2016



“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.”


Our team attended a fundraising event for the Philippine Medical Society. Each member of our team recognizes the individual effort made towards a cause is valuable. By taking the time to contribute to an important cause, we are allowing our light to light the world.

Thoughtful Tuesday

November 1, 2016

img_0012“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
-Albert Einstein

Each of our physicians have spent over a decade of their lives training for their profession. They have trained their minds to be innovative in caring for each patient. It is this training that has earned us the privilege of constantly being the first to bring cutting-edge treatments to Northeast Florida.  

Guide to the Flu Shot

October 13, 2016

sssl0034Flu season starts in October and can run until late May. Ideally, you should consider getting your flu vaccination in October, when the season has first started. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot. Here are some basics you need to know when it comes to your flu shot: Continue reading “Guide to the Flu Shot” »

Lowering Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

September 29, 2016

sssl8967By Lauren Dimitrov, MPH, RDN, LDN

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one killer in the U.S. Lifestyle modification is a critical component of health promotion and CVD risk reduction, both prior to or in conjunction with the use of cholesterol-lowering drug therapies. Lifestyle modification includes a heart healthy diet, weight management, increased physical activity, and smoking cessation. This article will focus on some key components of a heart healthy diet. Continue reading “Lowering Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease” »

Podiatry & Cardiovascular Medicine: What’s the Connection?

August 4, 2016

SSSL0331Our Podiatrists, Drs. Desmond Bell & David Swain, have dedicated their careers to helping those suffering with wounds of the legs and feet. So what exactly does podiatry have to do with the heart? Continue reading “Podiatry & Cardiovascular Medicine: What’s the Connection?” »

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