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The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

October 13, 2017

BREAST CANCER BLOG 10.12.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have shown that other risk factors such as diet and exercise may help in the prevention of breast cancer. Continue reading “The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention” »

Stress & Heart Health: The Connection

August 17, 2017

HEART BLOG 8.17.17Stress is an inevitable aspect of life. Whether it’s the stress of meeting deadlines at work or school, managing your finances, or juggling multiple obligations between family and friends, stress is something that is part of our daily lives.  Not only can stress leave you feeling mentally exhausted, it can also produce very real physiologic symptoms that may affect your heart. Continue reading “Stress & Heart Health: The Connection” »

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Linguine

May 25, 2017

Roasted+Vegetable+Quinoa+LinguineOur friends at Native Sun love this roasted vegetable quinoa linguine recipe (our doctors love it too). Quinoa linguine is made from quinoa instead of wheat and provides a myriad of health benefits. Quinoa pasta is a great source of protein as well as iron. It is also gluten-free for those individuals with celiac disease who still crave pasta (you are only human after all).

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil to grease pan
  • 3 yellow squashes, sliced
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 10 oz. mushrooms, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper, divided
  • 16 oz. quinoa linguine
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach
  • 15 oz. butter beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Add squash, zucchini, grape tomatoes, mushrooms and onion to the baking sheet; sprinkle with half the salt and pepper; bake for 40 minutes or until edges of vegetables are beginning to brown. Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions.
  3. Place spinach and butter beans in a large bowl, top with cooked linguine; toss to wilt spinach; top with roasted vegetables, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and remaining salt and pepper. Toss well.

Recipe and image courtesy of Native Sun

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 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. 

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” »

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