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

January 12, 2017


Photo courtesy of Abbott

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” »

What To Know For Open Enrollment

November 3, 2016

kam_4579Open enrollment is just around the corner with this year’s window being November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017. Open enrollment refers to the period in which individuals and employees can make changes to their health coverage. Continue reading “What To Know For Open Enrollment” »

Better Health is Just 5 Minutes Away

September 22, 2016

Got five minutes? Your health certainly does. While we have nothing against the gym, being active can take place in the comfort of your home of office. Check out these five minutes exercise tips, recommended by our exercise-loving, Dr. Imraan Ansaarie & his lovely wife, Nicole.  Continue reading “Better Health is Just 5 Minutes Away” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

September 6, 2016

IMG_9662“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

-Bishop T.D. Jakes

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Thoughtful Tuesday

August 23, 2016

SSSL9853“Health is not just about what you’re eating. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying.”

Dr. Imraan Ansaarie believes being healthy is a state of mind. Fill your mind and heart with positive thoughts. Choose your words carefully. Surround yourself with winners. We love this quote reminding us that health isn’t just about what we eat, it’s about how we feel.

What We Do Wednesday | Meet Dr. Lamba

May 18, 2016

IMG_9603 - Copy“What We Do” Wednesdays on the Heart Blog! At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, our patients are family. That’s why we want you to get to know the team caring for you. Every Wednesday, we’ll spotlight a different provider, service or initiative to share with you. This week, meet Dr. Lamba, world-renowned Interventional Cardiologist.

Dr. Sumant Lamba

Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Lamba began his formal education at the University of Pune in Maharashtra, India. After moving to the United States, Dr. Lamba enrolled at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. While at Wright State, he completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Heart Failure & Cardiology. Dr. Lamba also completed a Fellowship in Heart Failure & and Cardiac Transplantation at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and learned about Interventional Cardiology at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. “I have always been fascinated with the heart,” says Dr. Lamba, “My father is also a physician and I saw, through him, how much you can help people.”


Outside of Clinic

Dr. Lamba enjoys hitting the golf course outside of clinic! He has golfed all over the United States and in Scotland, England, Thailand, Japan & Hong Kong just to name a few. LAMBA GOLFING

Hear what his patients are saying!

“If I were a rich person, I would take out a full page ad in the newspaper and tell the world how great you are. If I were a rich person, I would hire a plane to write across the sky how great you are. If I were a rich person, I would rent a billboard that would tell the world how great you are. Alas, I am not a rich person but I can write a letter that tells how great you are.

This year my husband [Ed] and I will enjoy celebrating our 50th anniversary. It is my firm belief without the care afforded to him, we would not be so lucky.You are a credit to the medical profession as well as mankind. My world has been made better for knowing you.”

– Ed was a patient of Dr. Lamba’s

Meet our Vice President, Dr. Ali

April 6, 2016

_DUR0150Introducing “What We Do” Wednesdays on the Heart Blog! At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, our patients are family. That’s why we want you to get to know the team caring for you. Every Wednesday, we’ll spotlight a different provider, service or initiative to share with you. This week, get to know Dr. Vaqar Ali, Vice President of FCCI. Continue reading “Meet our Vice President, Dr. Ali” »

Tools Of The Best Cardiologist In Florida

March 24, 2016

Cardiology, in its broadest sense, deals with diseases and abnormalities of the heart.  Cardiologists (heart doctors) can specialize in cardiac electrophysiology, echo cardiography, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology, each of which offer a unique approach to dealing with disorders of the heart.  In this article, we’ll look at some of the more common tools used in interventional cardiology and how these tools can help the best cardiologist in Florida treat characteristic heart problems. Continue reading “Tools Of The Best Cardiologist In Florida” »

Your Teeth & Your Heart: What’s the Connection?

October 13, 2015


Dr. Ansaarie shares his million dollar smile

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking last you checked this was not a dentist’s office and this is a blog about your heart health. But what happens with your teeth can affect your heart. Hear about the relationship between dental hygiene and your heart from our Dr. Ansaarie.   Continue reading “Your Teeth & Your Heart: What’s the Connection?” »

Collaborative Cardiovascular Care is The Key to Success at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute®

December 12, 2013


Your cardiovascular health is no longer a one-man show; these days it takes a village of subspecialties to keep your ticker ticking!

It used to be that the general practitioner took care of all our medical needs. That was more than 50 years ago. Since then, the revolution in cardiovascular medicine and technology has made it impossible for one cardiologist to handle all patients’ needs. Increasingly, doctors have had to further subspecialize in cardiovascular medicine.

Although cardiology is a relatively narrow field, advancements have swiftly progressed, furthering subspecialties in order for physicians to keep pace with medical innovation. Dr. Ali, Vice President at FCCI, summarizes the secrets for a successful practice in “the rule of 3 T’s”: Talent, Tenacity, and Tools. “We seek doctors with talent and tenacity to fight for the patients, and provide them with the best in cutting edge tools. This has worked extremely well for us and our patients for the past 10 years; It defines who we are.”

First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) recognized early on the importance of this continuous transition and progress, in fact, the senior partners, Drs. Yazan Khatib, Vaqar Ali, Sumant Lamba and Youssef Al-Saghir, introduced many of those subspecialties to the larger tri-county area, Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Baker counties, even before they were acknowledged as additional subspecialties. “We were the first to introduce high-end endovascular medicine to the area, indeed we dedicated a division for it and I was assigned by the group the task of spearheading it,” says Dr. Khatib, the Institute’s President. Five years later, vascular medicine and endovascular medicine became recognized as separate branches of medicine, for which a specialty board examination was introduced. “I am proud that our doctors were among the first to credential for that prestigious board certification,” says Juzar Lokhandwala, M.D., Director of FCCI Operations in St. Johns County.

FCCI has added many board certified subspecialties to its practice creating an all-encompassing Institute for cardiovascular patients. These include: vascular and endovascular medicine, repairing vessels from head-to-toe through minimally invasive techniques without surgical wounds; electrophysiology, focusing on irregular heart beats, pacemakers and defibrillators; interventional cardiology, specializing in halting heart attacks using lifesaving stents; nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and vascular ultrasound, making up the basic tools with which doctors test patient’s heart and vessels; sleep medicine, analyzing the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular health; neurology, furthering the prevention and treatment of strokes; and research department, allowing patients access to tomorrow’s treatments today.

“We see the integration of 15 diverse board certifications and accredited services in one cohesive group as a proud milestone. We are also constantly collaborating with colleagues in other specialties for the betterment of overall healthcare in our beloved First Coast,” says Dr. Youssef Al-Saghir Director of Clay county FCCI operations.

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