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How Cigarette Smoking Impacts your Cardiovascular Health

October 5, 2017

BLOG POST 10.5.17We all know that smoking causes devastating effects to your health. However, nearly 40 million people in the United States still smoke on a regular basis. Even smoking just a few cigarettes a day can have a tremendous impact on your body – specifically, your cardiovascular system. Continue reading “How Cigarette Smoking Impacts your Cardiovascular Health” »

Stress & Heart Health: The Connection

August 17, 2017

HEART BLOG 8.17.17Stress is an inevitable aspect of life. Whether it’s the stress of meeting deadlines at work or school, managing your finances, or juggling multiple obligations between family and friends, stress is something that is part of our daily lives.  Not only can stress leave you feeling mentally exhausted, it can also produce very real physiologic symptoms that may affect your heart. Continue reading “Stress & Heart Health: The Connection” »

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.

Thoughtful Tuesday

May 2, 2017

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“The more we do, the more we can do.”

-William Hazlitt

As our team and the areas we serve continue to grow, we take a moment to remember that we can all do anything we set our minds to.

Thoughtful Tuesday

March 7, 2017

PHOTO“According to current research, only about 10% of our happiness is based on our external world. The other 90% is based on how we see the world.”

-From “The Happiness Equation” by Neil Pasricha

We’ve talked about perception many times on the blog and how the world is how we choose to see it. We love when our thoughts are supported by current research. Check out this statistic from “The Happiness Equation”stating 90% of our happiness is based on our perception of the world.

$89.99 Could Help You Avoid Being Another Statistic

February 20, 2017

SSSL8851Vascular imaging can detect the onset of many heart and vascular diseases so we may have the chance for early prevention & intervention. Continue reading “$89.99 Could Help You Avoid Being Another Statistic” »

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

February 14, 2017

DSC_0031“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
-Mother Teresa

In honor of both Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month, our billing team puts a smile on their faces and shows the world their love!

Preventing Amputations: The SALSAL Foundation

February 9, 2017

TMP_6927Nearly half of unhealed diabetic foot ulcers result in death within five years. In fact, 85% of lower-limb amputations in patients with diabetes are preceded with a foot ulcer, according to Diabetes Care. New Cardiovascular Horizons estimates the associated cost with amputations is $10-20 billion, every single year. These figures are staggering.

The consequences of amputations are devastating, yet many amputations can be prevented through early screenings and care. The Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation aims to reduce the incidence of lower-extremity amputations through education and patient advocacy. The SALSAL Foundation works closely with First Coast Cardiovascular Institute to inspire hope in those patients told nothing could be done for them.

Of the people who have benefited from the work of the SALSAL Foundation is Carla Urff. Carla has been a diabetic since the age of 11. She found out she had peripheral artery disease (PAD) at the age of 37. “In less than 2 years of diagnosis, they told me I needed to prepare for amputation because I had developed gangrene in the foot,” Carla said. She had several surgical procedures, which bought her some years, but were not a permanent solution.

After developing gangrene a second time and having three toes turn black, Carla decided to search the internet for a solution. She found the SALSAL Foundation and contacted Dr. Desmond Bell, the Founder & President of the SALSAL Foundation, as well as a top Wound Care Specialist. “He sent me to an Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Yazan Khatib, who confirmed he could help me,” Carla says.

“Dr. Khatib started cleaning out my arteries and stenting, putting stents in my legs and my heart,” Carla says. Dr. Khatib worked on her for five and a half hours straight to get the first stent in.

“He was not going to stop. He told me I can fix this,” Carla says, “I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I was, knowing that I was so close to amputation, that there was actually help out there.” Carla now lives a healthy life without the fear of amputation.

It is stories like Carla that inspires Dr. Bell to spread the mission of the SALSAL Foundation. “We are trying to educate people so they can be proactive and avoid getting to a state where amputation is their only choice,” Dr. Bell says.

To learn more about the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation or to donate to the cause, visit www.thesalsal.org. Donations will go towards raising awareness and assisting those in need to purchase diabetic shoes, socks, and supplies for PAD screenings.
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