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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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Thoughtful Tuesday

February 7, 2017

IMG_9657“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.”
-Ruben Chavez

Dr. Satish Goel, Electrophysiologist, says it is a commitment to serving his community that inspires him to get up in the morning. “When you are rewarded with a patient doing well and feeling healthy, it inspires me to keep going,” says Dr. Goel.  

Updates in Innovation: Dr. Al-Saghir performs MitraClip Procedure

January 12, 2017

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We have done it again! It is our mission to always be the first to bring residents of the First Coast the latest treatments and advancements in medicine. Our patients deserve the best. Dr. Al-Saghir has done it again by being the first in Clay County to perform the MitraClip procedure for patients with mitral regurgitation. Continue reading “Updates in Innovation: Dr. Al-Saghir performs MitraClip Procedure” »

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” »

Dr. Al-Saghir First to Offer TAVR in Clay County

May 5, 2016

SSSL9107We are proud to announce Dr. Youssef Al-Saghir is the first to perform the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure in Clay County for patients with diseased aortic valve. We are excited to bring this innovative technology to the area. This adds to FCCI’s extensive history of firsts. Continue reading “Dr. Al-Saghir First to Offer TAVR in Clay County” »

Celebrities with Heart Disease & Precautions to Take at Any Age

March 17, 2016

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1 in 4 deaths in the US are directly correlated to heart disease. As one of the most common diseases, no one is immune to this disease, including celebrities. Check out a few celebrities who have heart disease and read the full list by clicking here Continue reading “Celebrities with Heart Disease & Precautions to Take at Any Age” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

March 1, 2016

Our doctors believe in empowering our patients. We want our patients to know they are in control of their lives and they have a choice in every decision they make. We believe in always putting your best foot forward and shining your light of positivity. Life will take us on a journey of highs and lows but we should always be working with life, not against us. Thanks for this quote, Anita Moorjani. Continue reading “Thoughtful Tuesday” »

Heart Healthy Recipe: Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish

February 25, 2016

IMG_0305We thought there couldn’t be a better way to wrap up National Heart Month than a recipe from our doctor that doubles as both heart healthy and savory. This week, we have a recipe from none other than Dr, Oscar Rodas, our physician friend at Jacksonville Clinic and undercover, amazing chef. Continue reading “Heart Healthy Recipe: Citrus Salmon with Orange Relish” »

Dr. Afsh Shares Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

January 7, 2016

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With the opening of our Lipid Clinic in early February, Dr. Afsh,Board Certified Lipidologist, shares a few tips to help you lower your cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Lowering your cholesterol can help you live a longer, healthier life. Here are Dr. Afsh’s tips for lowering your cholesterol: Continue reading “Dr. Afsh Shares Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol” »

What We Heard on Social Media

October 21, 2015

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At FCCI, we want you to get to know us as much as we want to get to know you. That’s why we love hearing from you!  This week is Healthcare Quality Week, an initiative to improve patient outcomes and experience. We thought there couldn’t be a more perfect time to share what we heard on social media from our happy patients. 

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