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$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” »

Join Us for This Year’s White Sock Campaign!

September 8, 2016


Dr. Desmond Bell takes his white sock to the beach

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness month! The Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation (SALSAL), founded by Drs. Desmond Bell & Yazan Khatib, aims to reduce lower extremity amputations and raise awareness for diseases like peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Continue reading “Join Us for This Year’s White Sock Campaign!” »

Update in Innovation: Dr. Ali the First to Perform Pantheris Procedure in Florida

March 3, 2016

pantheris_illustrationWe are proud to announce that we are the first in Florida to perform the first Pantheris procedure in our outpatient cath lab to help patients facing peripheral artery disease (PAD). The new Pantheris device is a long awaited innovation that acts like a micro camera, allowing physicians to see from inside the artery during a procedure for the first time. In the past, physicians have had to rely on x-rays only to see and guide how to fix a blockage. With the lumivascular approach, physicians can more accurately navigate their devices and better assess the blockage as they are treating it. This technology can potentially reduce the amount of radiation needed during the procedure and promises to improve care. Continue reading “Update in Innovation: Dr. Ali the First to Perform Pantheris Procedure in Florida” »

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” »

Dr. Bell Shares: PAD Risk Factors & Steps Patients Can Take

September 17, 2015

white sock logoIn our last post, we shared some of the facts around Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in honor of PAD Awareness Month in September. This condition affects millions of Americans and can lead to leg pain and limb amputation, but it isn’t all bad news. Dr. Desmond Bell, Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, has some tips for patients who are at risk: Continue reading “Dr. Bell Shares: PAD Risk Factors & Steps Patients Can Take” »

September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month

September 16, 2015

This month, we are raising awareness around Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition that causes narrowing of the peripheral arteries and restricts blood flow throughout the body. PAD is most common in the legs, where blocked vessels can cause sores and foot ulcers.These sores can result in amputation if not treated properly.

Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, and he led our team in the “White Sock Campaign” to raise awareness for diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) and the prevention of amputation.

White Sock Campaign

Dr. Bell shares some of the facts about PAD to help you avoid becoming another statistic: Continue reading “September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month” »

Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise

June 16, 2015

PAD group therapy Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition where clogged arteries reduce blood flow to the legs, and it affects 12 million Americans over the age of 65 every year. For these patients, staying active and physically fit is key to preserving their independence and carrying out their daily activities, but the obstacles to taking a walk or going to the gym alone can feel insurmountable.

However, there is hope: new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that group therapy can help PAD patients regain their mobility or prevent the loss of mobility in the first place. In the study, patients who joined an exercise group which encouraged in-home walking and reminded them via phone calls saw improvements. Continue reading “Group Therapy Can Help PAD Patients Get More Exercise” »

12 Million Americans Suffer from PAD – Are You at Risk?

April 10, 2015

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a narrow blockage of the artery that can lead to heart attack or stroke – and it affects 12 million Americans. Dr. Jason Roberts sat down with WSOS 99.5 St. Augustine Radio to share more information about this condition:

  • PAD is most common in men and women over the age of 65.
  • Risk factors for PAD include smoking (even electronic cigarettes), a family history, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Symptoms can manifest themselves in the legs – including pain while walking, poor toenail growth, one leg getting colder than the other, and a lack of hair below the knee.

For more, listen to the radio interview below or call 904-436-6420 to set up an appointment with the FCCI team.

Dr. Khatib Interview with WSOS St. Augustine

February 26, 2015

In honor of American Heart Month, Dr. Khatib sat down with Kevin Geddings and Sam Mascato of WSOS 99.5 – St Augustine to discuss the trends he’s seen in heart disease over his 15-year career. A few highlights: Continue reading “Dr. Khatib Interview with WSOS St. Augustine” »

Cook Medical Completes Patient Enrollment for Study to Treat Arterial Occlusions From the Retrograde Tibiopedal Approach

August 9, 2013

Bloomington, Ind. — Cook Medical has completed patient enrollment in a study evaluating a technique for achieving vascular access via below-the-knee arteries. The new access technique could be used in treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD), including patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI).

The Tibiopedal Access for Crossing of Infrainguinal Artery Occlusions study enrolled 200 patients with completely obstructed lower-limb arteries.1

The study is led by principal investigator Craig Walker, M.D., president and medical director of the Cardiovascular Institute of the South. Physicians participating in the study are evaluating the tibiopedal access technique, which is used to achieve vascular access via the foot in order to cross blocked arteries in the legs. This technique potentially offers vascular access to patients who otherwise may not have had an interventional treatment option.

Using this approach, a physician accesses the blood vessels below the knee using a needle and advances wire guides and catheters up the leg to reach and cross arterial blockages so that the occlusion can be opened. Individual physicians have reported initial success with the technique, which is often tried after the traditional endovascular approach, usually via the femoral artery, fails.

“This is a landmark study for Cook Medical and those suffering from CLI,” said Rob Lyles, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical’s Peripheral Intervention division. “We hope that completing enrollment is an important step in bringing the below-the-knee technique to patients, many of whom have had other procedures fail.”

The study is being conducted at eight sites across the U.S.: Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz., Terrebonne Medical Center in Houma, La., First Coast Cardiovascular Institute in Jacksonville, Fla., Metro Heart and General Vascular in Wyoming, Mich., Rex Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla. Patients were also enrolled at Park-Krankenhaus, Leipzig, Germany, Herz-Zentrum, Bad Krozingen, Germany, and Policinico, Abano Terme, Italy in the European Union.

About Cook Medical

Since 1963 Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world’s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family-owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at, and for the latest news, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow Cook PI@cookvascular.


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