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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

Back to School: Screenings To Get Your Child Ready for Fall Sports

August 11, 2015

The first day of school is just around the corner, which means many student athletes will be starting practice for sports such as football or cross country. But training too hard in the Florida heat can be dangerous. In this interview with First Coast Living, Dr. Moussa discusses the potential symptoms of heart problems and how you can get your athlete screened before school starts.

If your child is experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting during exercise, or if you have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease, call our office at 904-493-3333 to book an EKG and an echocardiogram. Even if your child is not experiencing these symptoms, make sure to get a physical exam done before starting any vigorous exercise or sports team.

6 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease

May 17, 2014

heart-diseaseAlthough heart disease is a leading cause of death, it doesn’t have to be your own fate. There are ways that you can prevent heart disease and any future damage to your health and your heart. Today, we’ll explore different ways that you can incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle that will prevent heart disease.

  1. Get more sleep

Sleep is very important to your overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to major health complications, including heart disease and diabetes. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you wake up without your alarm clock and you feel refreshed, you’re getting enough sleep. But, if you’re constantly reaching for the snooze button and it’s a struggle to get out of bed, you need more sleep each night. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Thankfully, there are many apps out there that help you to set and stick to your sleep schedule.

  1. Stop Smoking

If you’re a smoker, quit immediately. Smoking is one of the more deadly habits a person can have. Smoking is also a leading factor in heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco may damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. The more you smoke, the greater the risk. The good news is that when you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease and can drop to that of a non-smoker is just 5 years. No matter how long you’ve been a smoker, you can enjoy the benefits of quitting almost immediately.

  1. Aim for a Heart-Healthy Diet

One of the key factors in preventing heart disease is sustaining a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help protect your heart. Beans, other low-fat sources of protein and certain types of fish also can reduce your risk of heart disease.

  1. Be active for 30 minutes a day on most days

These days, we all have crazy schedules. However, it’s important to make time for yourself. Just 30 minutes a day, on most days, can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. The payoff only increases when you include physical activity with lifestyle measures, like eating healthy and refraining from smoking. Aim for 30-60 minutes of moderately intense activity most days of the week. However, it’s important to note that activities such as cleaning, walking stairs, or walking the dog can all add up to your 30 minutes of activity.

  1. See your doctor  

Annual screenings are important to ensure that you’re maintaining the proper weight, and your heart is performing, as it should. Just as important as regular health screenings, it’s also important to have a good understanding of your risk for diabetes. If your weight is normal and you don’t have other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends starting screening at age 45, and then retesting every three years.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight, or carrying excess weight around your middle can increase your chances of heart disease. Excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease — high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

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