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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.


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” »

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” »

Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma

October 19, 2017

PCMC CATH LAB STAFF BLOG 10.19.17Billy Fowler woke up from a late nap feeling pressure on his chest and pain in his arms. He told his wife he didn’t feel well. “She told me to take a few aspirins,” Billy recalls, “But this didn’t help.”

A little while later, Billy looked over at his wife and told her, “You need to take me to the hospital.” Continue reading “Passionate Team of Experts Save Patient During Hurricane Irma” »

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” »

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.

Thoughtful Tuesday

June 20, 2017

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“The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love.”
–Raphael Saadiq

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic, all of our providers are thankful for the opportunity that they have to provide excellent patient care. The dedication that they have comes from the love of what they do.

Hear What Patients Are Saying About Us on the Web

June 8, 2017

unnamedAt First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic, patient care is at the forefront of everything we do. We thrive on hearing that our doctors are helping patients live their happiest and healthiest lives. These days, technology has made it much easier for us to connect with our patients online. We love to hear about your wonderful experiences with us. Keep reading to hear what our patients have to say about our amazing doctors!

“Dr. Al-Saghir really cares about his patients. The overall experience at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute is great. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a new doctor.”

-A Healthgrades Review

“Dr. Aleti reminds me of how doctors used to be when interacting with a patient. He stays engaged with the situation and I never felt rushed or reluctant to ask questions regarding my condition. It’s rare to find a doctor like him, and even more so for a highly specialized cardiologist who takes such a real interest and concern with his patients. I am very fortunate to have Dr. Aleti as my cardiologist.”

-A Healthgrades Review

“Dr. Khatib is one of the most caring doctors in Jacksonville. I trust him completely with my care, and would never go to another doctor.”

-A Healthgrades Review

“Dr. Ali is excellent! He is one of the most humble and amazing doctors you will ever meet.”

-A Healthgrades Review

“Dr. Sasseen has been my cardiologist for a number of years, and I have found him to be a caring person who is genuinely concerned for his patients. He does not rush through the office visits and answers questions in a manner that is easily understood.”

-A Vitals Review

“Dr. Zuberi is a very kind and caring doctor. I would recommend him to anyone.”

-A Healthgrades Review

 “Dr. Goel is a fabulous doctor. His procedure, an RF Ablation, fixed my heart. Thank you, Dr. Goel.”

-A Facebook Comment

*These reviews have been edited for spelling & grammar.

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