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How much H2O do you really need?

March 9, 2017

TMP_6635It seems like we’re always being told to drink more water, but how much water is really enough? Water supports your energy levels, brain function, and improves weight control. But when it comes to how much water we should be drinking, it seems like every source you turn to throws a different number at you. Continue reading “How much H2O do you really need?” »

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” »

Good News: Deaths Related to Heart Disease Going Down

January 26, 2017

TMP_5603Heart disease has remained the number one killer in the United States. Many efforts have been made to raise awareness on the prevention of heart disease. Organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have succeeded in making this their number one mission and spreading the word around prevention.   Continue reading “Good News: Deaths Related to Heart Disease Going Down” »

Lowering Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

September 29, 2016

sssl8967By Lauren Dimitrov, MPH, RDN, LDN

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number one killer in the U.S. Lifestyle modification is a critical component of health promotion and CVD risk reduction, both prior to or in conjunction with the use of cholesterol-lowering drug therapies. Lifestyle modification includes a heart healthy diet, weight management, increased physical activity, and smoking cessation. This article will focus on some key components of a heart healthy diet. Continue reading “Lowering Your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease” »

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!

“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. 

What We Do Wednesday | Meet Dr. Nivali Ravi

June 8, 2016

“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. Nivali Ravi, Primary Care Physician with our partners, Jacksonville Clinic. She practices in Jacksonville Clinic’s St. Augustine location.  Continue reading “What We Do Wednesday | Meet Dr. Nivali Ravi” »

Myra Shares Her Tips To Prevent Adult Acne

April 21, 2016

IMG_9373rt5x7Many of us think we leave the worries of acne in our teen years. However, 70% of adults between the ages of 20-50 experience outbreaks of adult onset acne. Nurse Practitioner Myra Golmayo gives tips to prevent acne in your adult years:

  • Keep your face and other affected areas clean | Wash your face at least twice a day with a mild, alcohol-free cleanser.
  • Avoid oil-based makeup remover and facial cleansers | Experts say oil facilitates acne growth and can lead to increased inflammation and irritation.
  • Never sleep with makeup on | Most commercially prepared beauty enhancement products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your face, attract dirt, clog pores and contribute to acne formation.
  • Change your pillowcase at least once weekly | Dirt accumulates in areas with repeated exposure. Pillows are very intimate to your face and therefore, need to be clean at all times.
  • Over-the-counter benzoil peroxide may be helpful | It has been used for many decades with promising results. Pick the one that has an easily absorbed base, that’s more ideal for you. After all, each individual is unique.
  • Keep your skin moisturized | A non oil-based moisturizer is best.
  • Watch what you put on your hair | Pomades, fragrances and oils may easily come in contact with your face and cause acne occurrence.

How do you keep your skin healthy? Let us know on our Facebook page!

The Screenings Every Woman Needs

April 7, 2016


Dr. Ortiz-Roldan & Ravi, our partners at Jacksonville Clinic, talk women’s health. In the past 30 years, women’s health has dramatically improved. We’ve seen the incidents of diseases such as breast cancer and cervical cancer significantly decrease. “Our screening tools have advanced and women are increasingly dedicated to taking care of their health,” says Dr. Ortiz-Roldan. When it comes to monitoring your health, prevention is key. Read about the screening tools we offer at Jacksonville Clinic that every woman should know about. more

Thoughtful Tuesday

March 29, 2016


This week’s Thoughtful Tuesday comes from the hearts of our marketing team, Gabi & Noor.

As health care communicators, we are always looking for inspiration. Whether it’s a scribble on a napkin, a magazine tear-out, or a coffee cup, we like to think we can pretty much find a creative edge to anything. At times, we struggle to remain creative. Like everyone else, we hit a wall.

Sometimes we like to refocus and start the day off with gratitude.We allow ourselves to unwind. When we are taking care of ourselves and being good to ourselves, everything else falls into place. We love this quote from Anita Moorjani, an author and mentor, about how we reflect our inner world to everyone who surrounds us.

“Learning to love others begins with learning to love ourselves unconditionally first. I will never let myself down, treat myself like a doormat, or make myself small so others can feel big. I have learned that this is the biggest gift that I give not only to myself, but also to the planet, because I paint others with the same brush as I use on myself.”

-Anita Moorjani

What feeds your soul? Let us know on our Facebook page!

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