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Thoughtful Tuesday

August 29, 2017

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY 8.29.17 edit“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

-Jane Goodall

Dr. Afsh understands that making a difference in the lives of his patients includes improving their quality of care. As one of the founders of Jacksonville Clinic, he emphasizes the importance of providing integrated specialty care to every patient.

The Truth about Fasting Diets

August 10, 2017

FASTING ARTICLEMost people are accustomed to eating three meals a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of a healthy diet. However, recent studies have shown that diets that include intermittent fasting may help you live a longer life and lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.   Continue reading “The Truth about Fasting Diets” »

How to Have a Healthy Summer

July 21, 2017

blogWith summer in full swing it’s more important than ever to maintain your health during these hot summer days! Whether you are taking a vacation, staying at home, or enjoying a day at the beach, these tips will help you stay happy and healthy this summer:

  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential in helping your heart pump blood efficiently throughout your body. While a tall glass of water is the most direct way to keep your body hydrated, there are other sources of water that can be found in variety of foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, and cucumbers.
  • Wear sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen can help prevent your risk of developing skin cancer during your lifetime. The AAD recommends using a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin.
  • Wear sunglasses. Although you may not realize it, the sun’s damaging rays can affect your eyes just like they affect your skin increasing your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration (or vision loss), and even eyelid cancer.
  • Beat heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your body’s temperature reaches 104°F or more, which can cause brain, heart, and kidney damage if not treated promptly. Symptoms of heat stroke include nausea, vomiting, headache, and tachycardia. Beat the heat this summer by avoiding intense outdoor activities between noon and 3:00pm when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Make a healthy summer treat. Rather than reaching for an ice cream cone, which can be full of empty calories, try making your own fresh fruit pops for a sweet treat that’s also good for you. Simply mash up some of your favorite fruit in a cup (such as strawberries, mangoes, or watermelon) and freeze overnight with a popsicle stick in the middle. The next day you’ll have a healthy sweet treat to enjoy!

Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs

July 13, 2017

iStock Healthcare Costs - font 2 blogEveryone wants to stay happy and healthy. However, rising healthcare costs may deter patients from seeking the care they need. According to a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 25% of Americans have neglected their medical care, or know someone who has, due to the costs. Furthermore, the same study found that 56% of Americans worry that they may not be able to afford quality healthcare.  Continue reading “Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

January 10, 2017

tmp_5832“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”
-Paulo Coelho

The word “doctor” in Latin means teacher. For our physicians, being a teacher is not about sharing facts. Instead, being a teacher means that they inspire their patients to live to their fullest potential.

Thoughtful Tuesday

October 25, 2016

sssl0025“Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.”

-Tony Robbins

Having had the privilege of serving the First Coast for the past 15 years, we’ve found that change is inevitable. The landscape of healthcare is constantly evolving and it is our job to stay at the forefront of these changes so we can consistently provide the best care to patients. That’s why we’ve redefined our mission statement over the years as a symbol of our progress. Our mission is to, “To enhance quality of life by providing cutting-edge care with a team of compassionate experts and advance medicine through research, education and patient empowerment.”

Thoughtful Tuesday

September 13, 2016

dsc_0329“No matter what the situation may be, the right course of action is always compassion and love.”

-Neil Strauss

Dr. Khalil Afsh and Nivali Ravi, Primary Care Physicians, see hundreds of patients a week. Each patient has their unique situation. Some situations are more complicated than others. Some require more time, thought, and collaboration with other physicians. However, all courses of action for all patients always encompass love and compassion. Continue reading “Thoughtful Tuesday” »

Thoughtful Tuesday

August 30, 2016

967279_523145377744322_1466157134_o“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

-Oprah Winfrey

Dr. Sumith Aleti has earned board certifications in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, peripheral vascular imaging, & internal medicine. These certifications required many sacrifices along the way and a change in his attitude. By changing his attitude to focus on his goals rather than focus on his sacrifices, Dr. Aleti was able to build the future he envisioned for himself.

Meet Dr. Jonathan Constantin!

August 25, 2016

IMG_8274CWe are excited to welcome Dr. Constantin to our team! Dr. Constantin comes to us from St. Vincent’s HealthCare. He will be seeing patients at our AC Skinner, Westside, Northside, Arlington, & Fleming Island offices.

Dr. Constantin graduated from medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He then went on to complete his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital followed by a cardiology fellowship at Drexel University. Dr. Constantin is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, & internal medicine.

Dr. Constantin believes the role of a doctor is that of a teacher. “It is my responsibility to educate patients on the choices that they make, whether positive or negative,” Dr. Constantin says, “I am a resource for patients.”

Dr. Constantin also believes in involving the patient in their care. He believes a patient’s understanding is paramount for a successful treatment plan. “A doctor can make the proper diagnosis, give the best advice and do all the right things,” Dr. Constantin says, “But if the patient walks out the door and doesn’t recognize how they are involved in their care, it is not going to be a successful program.”

Hear What His Patients Are Saying

Check out some of the positive patient comments we found on vitals.com!

“Very professional, knowledgeable and super bed-side manner. I wish all of my doctors were like him.”

“See this doctor for any heart related concerns….he is truly a guy who practices what he preaches!”

“He didn’t tell my husband what he wanted to hear, he told him what he needed to hear to save his life.”

Call 904.493.3333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Constantin. 

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.

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