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See What Our Patients Are Saying: FCCI Testimonials

September 30, 2015

What Our Patients Are Saying About FCCIAt First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, nothing is more important than our patients’ health and quality of life. We support and advocate for you every single day, and our ultimate goal is to make your life better with outstanding cardiovascular care. That’s why it’s great to hear success stories from patients we’ve treated! Read and watch testimonials from our patients below:

Joyce was considered a high risk PAD patient until she visited FCCI. Learn more about Peripheral Artery Disease here.
“I call Dr. Khatib a miracle worker. I couldn’t ask for a better doctor, a better procedure or better results. I was considered high risk. I was going to tell the doctor I wasn’t going to have the surgery because the outlook wasn’t that great…[Dr. Khatib] said would you like to have a procedure here and take care of this where you go in as an outpatient? I couldn’t believe it…My main thing was I wanted to be able to get to walk on the beach with my husband. We’ve done that now. It’s like my problems of PAD had never happened. It feels that good.”

-Joyce, patient of Dr. Yazan Khatib

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Dr. Khatib’s Advice for Patients: Get Involved In Your Cardio Health

August 26, 2015

Get Involved in HealthcareIt’s a common scenario: you have a mental list of questions or concerns to bring up at your next doctor’s appointment, but once you’re in the examination room, your mind goes blank. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone – many patients forget what’s on their mind or find that they have even more questions once they get home. With just a little advance preparation, you can make the most of your next doctor’s visit and make a big impact on your overall health – a 2013 study published in Health Affairs Magazine found that patients who are actively involved in their healthcare have average costs that are 8 – 21% lower than those who are not. Below, Dr. Khatib shares his tips to help patients take an active role in their cardiovascular health:

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Back to School: Screenings To Get Your Child Ready for Fall Sports

August 11, 2015

The first day of school is just around the corner, which means many student athletes will be starting practice for sports such as football or cross country. But training too hard in the Florida heat can be dangerous. In this interview with First Coast Living, Dr. Moussa discusses the potential symptoms of heart problems and how you can get your athlete screened before school starts.

If your child is experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting during exercise, or if you have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease, call our office at 904-493-3333 to book an EKG and an echocardiogram. Even if your child is not experiencing these symptoms, make sure to get a physical exam done before starting any vigorous exercise or sports team.

Guest Post from Nourish Juice Cafe: Juicing vs. Blending

July 7, 2015

Fresh fruits and vegetables can play an important role in keeping your heart healthy. This summer, we are excited to introduce Kathleen from Nourish Juice Cafe as a guest blogger. Kathleen will be sharing her best tips on juicing, maintaining a healthy diet, and more.

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of managing conditions such as obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. Juicing and blending can be part of any health and wellness program but don’t get the two confused – each comes with their own unique health benefits. How much do you know about these trends?

Nourish Juice Cafe

Photo credit: Amanda Gibson

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How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

July 1, 2015

eat healthy while travellingWe all know one of the best parts of a vacation is trying new food. It’s always fun to splurge, but it is possible to eat food that is both delicious and good for you. Use these tips to eat healthy while traveling, and remember that the better we eat, the better we feel.

Make Smart Restaurant Choices
Vacation often means taking a break from the kitchen and trying new places to eat. Work with your waiter to order the healthiest version of a meal. There are a few easy ways to do this: Continue reading “How To Eat Healthy While Traveling” »

Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise

June 16, 2015

PAD group therapy Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition where clogged arteries reduce blood flow to the legs, and it affects 12 million Americans over the age of 65 every year. For these patients, staying active and physically fit is key to preserving their independence and carrying out their daily activities, but the obstacles to taking a walk or going to the gym alone can feel insurmountable.

However, there is hope: new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that group therapy can help PAD patients regain their mobility or prevent the loss of mobility in the first place. In the study, patients who joined an exercise group which encouraged in-home walking and reminded them via phone calls saw improvements. Continue reading “Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise” »

[INFOGRAPHIC:] History of Heart Failure in America

June 3, 2015

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. 5.1 million people in the US suffer from this condition, and even with daily self-monitoring, 50% of patients will be readmitted to the hospital within just 6 months. In addition to the medical and physical costs, there are also financial affects – the cost of heart failure in the US was $31 billion in 2012, and could jump to $70 billion by 2030, costing each US taxpayer $244 per year.

Images provided courtesy of St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Images provided courtesy of St. Jude Medical, Inc.

This infographic from St. Jude Medical describes the medical and financial costs of heart failure in the United States and discusses treatments, including the new CardioMEMS Heart Failure (HF) System. Click on the image at right to see the full infographic.

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TAVR: A New Surgery for At-Risk Cardiac Patients

May 21, 2015

Dr. Vaqar AliA cutting-edge, lifesaving heart procedure now offers hope to patients with a diseased aortic valve. We are excited to announce that Dr. Vaqar Ali, Vice President of First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, is part of a team of surgeons and cardiologists performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery in Northeast Florida. Continue reading “TAVR: A New Surgery for At-Risk Cardiac Patients” »

Best Mobile Apps for Your Heart Health

May 11, 2015

You use it for photos, music, online shopping, and checking email – but did you know that your smartphone is also a convenient health tool? Download these apps to keep your heart health in check when you’re on the go.

health mateWithings Health Mate (see left)
The Withings Health Mate app uses sensors in your iPhone to record and keep track of your heart rate and everyday activity. There is also a feature for you to message your Health Mate friends so a source of motivation is always available. Continue reading “Best Mobile Apps for Your Heart Health” »

Treating Varicose Veins, with Dr. Jason Roberts

April 2, 2015

If you’re ever on the golf course with Dr. Jason Roberts, watch your socks. That’s where Dr. Roberts often notices symptoms of venous insufficiency, commonly known as varicose veins. In a radio interview with WSOS 99.5 St. Augustine Radio, Dr. Roberts discussed the symptoms of varicose veins, why women experience it more often than men, noticing “sock disease” on the golf course, and the ways he and the rest of the team at FCCI can treat this condition.

Listen to the interview below, and call 904-436-6420 to set up an appointment. Continue reading “Treating Varicose Veins, with Dr. Jason Roberts” »

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