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Heart Failure Awareness: Managing a Low Sodium Diet

February 16, 2017

SSSL9209This week, we are dedicating our post to heart failure, in honor heart failure awareness week. Heart failure is a condition affecting over 5 million people in the US. Despite its name, heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped beating. Heart failure is a condition where the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to sustain your body’s oxygen and blood needs. Consuming too much sodium may cause your heart to work harder and worsen a heart failure condition. Whether you have heart failure and are trying to manage it or are just trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, here are some tips for following a low sodium diet, tried and tested by the experts on our team. Continue reading “Heart Failure Awareness: Managing a Low Sodium Diet” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

June 21, 2016

SSSL8930Every change starts with a choice. We make choices to do things differently, to improve our lifestyles and to continue growing as individuals. However, no choice we make is guaranteed to be successful. For every choice we make, there is a chance we may not get the results we want. By the same token, there is a chance that our choices could get us exactly where we want to be. This chance makes all the difference. We love this quote tying in the three C’s in life.

“The Three C’s in Life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.”

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Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian, works with her patients to improve their lifestyles. By counseling her patients, she is able to motivate them to make healthy choices than change their lifestyle for the better.

Give Your Summertime a Healthy Makeover

June 16, 2016

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Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian, gives us her expertise to set us on the right track for a healthy & enjoyable summertime. 

Summer is a great time to enjoy the warm weather, time outdoors, and maybe even a vacation. Unfortunately, all of the time away from home may result in poor nutrition, lack of hydration, and potential food poisoning. Here are some summertime tips to steer away from the bad and head towards the good. Continue reading “Give Your Summertime a Healthy Makeover” »

Let’s Talk Mindful Eating

March 10, 2016

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If you’ve kept up with us for awhile, you know that we love holidays! March is National Nutrition Month. We asked our very own Nutrition Expert & Registered Dietitian, Lauren Dimitrov, to give us the expert’s guide on nutrition and healthy eating.

IMG_0008RTWhat is mindful eating? Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just what we eat that’s important but how, where, when, and why we eat. Setting goals to include a mindful eating pattern, including foods that are both nutritious and flavorful, is a great way to begin savoring the flavor of eating right.
Continue reading “Let’s Talk Mindful Eating” »

Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker from our FCCI Team

October 8, 2015

 

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Dr. Desmond Bell sports his fitbit wristband everyday at the office

Our FCCI team is passionate about living healthy lifestyles. That’s why we love our fitness trackers. Fitness trackers help you set achievable goals, track your progress and allow you connect with friends. Read about the benefits of using a fitness tracker from our FCCI team!  Continue reading “Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker from our FCCI Team” »

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

Continue reading “See What Our Patients Are Saying: FCCI Testimonials” »

Question & Answer Session with Open Road Bicycles

September 24, 2015

OpenRoad BicyclesWhile every health care professional agrees that physical activity is important, not all forms of physical activity are for everyone. When running is hard on your joints, biking can be a great alternative. We talked to Scott Gross of Open Road Bicycles to bring you a guide to biking. Continue reading “Question & Answer Session with Open Road Bicycles” »

Q&A with Licensed Massage Therapist, Wendy Norman

September 8, 2015

The heart health benefits of massage therapy  

massage therapyIn addition to being a Medical Assistant at First Coast Cardiovascular, Wendy is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). With over two decades of experience in the medical field, Wendy decided to become an LMT to learn healing techniques that would benefit the mind, body and soul. She encourages incorporating massage therapy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Who should consider receiving massage therapy?
Everybody – we are all busy and under so much stress. In the world we live in today where it is always go-go, we don’t take enough time to relax. When we relax, our bodies heal. Continue reading “Q&A with Licensed Massage Therapist, Wendy Norman” »

Dr. Desmond Bell Recommends: Compression Stockings for Comfortable Travel

September 2, 2015

Dr. Bell Recommends Compression StockingsYou may have one last vacation planned for the summer, but long hours in the car or plane might leave you with achy, swollen legs and even blood clots in the limbs. It’s uncomfortable and also can be dangerous – dehydration, low cabin pressure on flights, and the position of your legs while seated for long hours may cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). To prevent clotting and DVT, Dr. Bell recommends wearing compression stockings on the legs when travelling for long periods of time. Continue reading “Dr. Desmond Bell Recommends: Compression Stockings for Comfortable Travel” »

Try These Juices for a Healthy Heart

August 19, 2015

Kathleen, from Nourish Juice Cafe, is back to share the best juice ingredients for heart health. Read her last guest post here.

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There is no single elixir for heart and blood vessel health, but a handful of juices lead the heart health pack in giving your cardiovascular system a significant and scientifically proven boost.

Beetroot juice stands among the most heart healthy juices. The high nitrate content of beet juice actually widens the blood vessels when it enters the body and studies suggest that blood pressure is lowered within 1 hour of ingestion. Instead of starting your day with orange juice, drink a 16 oz glass of beet juice for a heart healthy boost to your day.

Continue reading “Try These Juices for a Healthy Heart” »

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