IMPORTANT | Clinics Closed for Hurricane Irma

Due to Hurricane Irma, all Jacksonville Clinic & First Coast Cardiovascular Institute offices will be closed Friday, September 8th and Monday, September 11th. We will resume business on Tuesday, September 12th. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Stay safe everyone!


Thoughtful Tuesday

“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.


Stress & Heart Health: The Connection

Stress 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

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The Truth about Fasting Diets

Most 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.  


Thoughtful Tuesday

“When you are progressing toward a goal that matters to you and appreciating the steps along the way, that’s a good life.” All of our providers at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic have one goal in mind: to provide quality care to all of our patients. Their motivation, paired with a passion for what they do, is what

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How to Have a Healthy Summer

With 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

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Americans Forgoing Healthcare Due to Costs

Everyone 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

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Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN “Gluten-free” is a term that we see more often than ever with food companies and diet trends stating that gluten is harmful.  But what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love.” –Raphael Saadiq At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute all of our providers are thankful for the opportunity that they have to provide excellent patient care. The dedication that they have comes from the love of what they do.


Hear What Patients Are Saying About Us Online

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic, patient care is at the forefront of everything we do. We thrive on hearing that our doctors are helping patients live their happiest and healthiest lives. These days, technology has made it much easier for us to connect with our patients online. We love to hear about your wonderful experiences with us.

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Thoughtful Tuesday

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” -Oprah Winfrey Passion is contagious. Our providers meet periodically to have conversations about how to improve patient care, comfort, and accessibility.


Hemodialysis Access Management Services

The kidneys are two important organs that help cleanse your blood, control blood pressure, and balance minerals in your body. The kidneys and the heart work closely together: the heart pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, while the kidneys ensure that the blood is clean of any waste.


Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Linguine

Our 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

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” -Lee Iacocca It is a dedication to the community that has inspired our physicians to choose a profession centered around the service of people. Through this service, our physicians have been able to positively influence the lives of

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Our Clinic Research Department

The Clinical Research Department at First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) contributes to the development of medicine through innovative research. Our team collaborates with top pharmaceutical and device companies to give patients access to the latest advancements in medicine.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“The more we do, the more we can do.” -William Hazlitt As our team and the areas we serve continue to grow, we take a moment to remember that we can all do anything we set our minds to.


Electrophysiology: What You Need to Know

These days, it takes a team of experts to keep your heart healthy. The field of cardiology is divided into subspecialties to ensure patients receive expertise care. As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Satish Goel has specialized in cardiology and chosen to undergo additional training to become an expert in electrophysiology, a sub-specialty in cardiology. Electrophysiology is a field focused on heart

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama Dr. Khatib’s vision for First Coast Cardiovascular Institute & Jacksonville Clinic is to inspire hope and excel in patient-centered care. He prides himself on growing a team of physicians who provide compassionate care throughout the region.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” -The Alchemist Dr. Punjani has practiced as an interventional cardiologist for many years. A passion for amputation prevention and improving patients’ quality of life brought her to a peripheral vascular fellowship, where she learns the skills to inspire hope in her patients.


Chocolate Sorbet with Warm Cherries

Every once in awhile, our sweet tooth kicks in and we can’t bear saying no to a sweet treat. Check out of this chocolate sorbet recipe from our friends at Publix Aprons Cooking School.  The best part is it is both dietitian and chef approved. “From a cardiovascular standpoint, sorbet is a great alternative to ice cream,” says Lauren Dimitrov,

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“Don’t have such a narrow idea of how your life script is supposed to unfold that you miss out on all the unexpected and exciting plot twists along the way.” -Ruben Chavez Dr. Daniel Thielemann never imagined himself in the rapidly growing field of sleep disorders. However, as he moved through his residency in neurology, Dr. Thielemann grew his passion

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Put Your Best Fork Forward

By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN It’s time to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” because we’re celebrating National Nutrition Month in March. The 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests making small changes in your diet to live a healthier lifestyle.


How much H2O do you really need?

It 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.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“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

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Pulmonology & Cardiology: The Connection

As a board certified Pulmonologist, Dr. Irram Hamdani specializes in disease of the lungs and airway. Patients who may need to see a pulmonologist include those who had childhood asthma, smoked in the past, or are experiencing shortness of breath, chronic coughs or occupational exposure. Dr. Hamdani’s expertise is an ideal complement to our cardiovascular services.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“Spend time with people who are good for your mental health.” If you know Lucy, our Nurse Practitioner, you’ll know she has one of the brightest spirits around. Lucy credits her positive attitude to the people she works with. “Everyday, I work with the most experienced, skilled, and passionate group of doctors, mid-levels, techs, and support staff imaginable,” says Lucy.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.” -Unknown Dr. Swain enjoys educating the community about peripheral arterial disease, amputation education, and limb salvage through the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation and volunteering

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Managing a Low Sodium Diet

This week, we are dedicating our post to heart failure, in honor heart failure awareness week. Heart failure is a condition affecting over 5 million people in the US. Despite its name, heart failure doesn’t mean your heart has stopped beating. Heart failure is a condition where the heart isn’t pumping enough blood to sustain your body’s oxygen and blood

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” -Mother Teresa In honor of both Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month, our billing team puts a smile on their faces and shows the world their love!


Preventing Amputations: The SALSAL Foundation

Nearly half of unhealed diabetic foot ulcers result in death within five years. In fact, 85% of lower-limb amputations in patients with diabetes are preceded with a foot ulcer, according to Diabetes Care. New Cardiovascular Horizons estimates the associated cost with amputations is $10-20 billion, every single year. These figures are staggering. The consequences of amputations are devastating, yet many

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” -Ruben Chavez Dr. Satish Goel, Electrophysiologist, says it is a commitment to serving his community that inspires him to get up in the morning. “When you are rewarded with a patient doing

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“You attract the energy you exude.” Our values focus on compassion and patient-centered care.You will find our values instilled in each of our employees, from our administration to our physicians. When we put these values at the forefront, our patients become empowered and dedicated to their health.


Deaths Related to Heart Disease Going Down

Heart 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.  


Thoughtful Tuesday

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” -Rumi As the landscape of healthcare evolves, it is important to stay at the forefront of any changes necessary to keep patient care at the center. Life is about  learning how to strike a balance between what to let go of and what to grow from.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“An empty room is a story waiting to happen, and you are the author.” -Charlotte Moss We are excited to showcase our new Palatka facility this Thursday at our Palatka Open House! When we first moved into the empty office, we saw the potential it had to become something great. We are proud that the office is now a fully-accredited

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Dr. Al-Saghir performs MitraClip Procedure

We have done it again! It is our mission to always be the first to bring residents of the First Coast the latest treatments and advancements in medicine. Our patients deserve the best. Dr. Youssef Al-Saghir, Interventional Cardiologist, has done it again by being the first in Clay County to perform the MitraClip procedure for patients with mitral regurgitation.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“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

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How to Spot a Stroke

We’ve all heard the terms heart disease and stroke often talked about together. One key difference between the two is awareness. We both know that at the first sign of chest pain or shortness of breath, we should head to the nearest emergency room. But what are the warning signs behind a stroke?


Optimistic People May Live Longer

We know optimistic people are generally cheerful and pleasant to be around.  A new study recently found that even your heart doctor will thank you for an optimistic attitude. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that heart attack survivors who had an optimistic outlook were more likely to live longer. The study examined  over 600 individuals under the

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -Oprah Winfrey For our final Thoughtful Tuesday of 2016, we want to remind you that life is a matter of perception. As we close off the year, we are celebrating our experiences, no matter how big or small, recognizing that we are as blessed

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Thoughtful Tuesday

While the holiday season may bring lots to do, let’s not forget the most important part of the holiday season: our loved ones. Show your loved ones how much they mean to you this holiday season. Make every minute count. Happy holidays from the Jacksonville Clinic family! “Never miss an opportunity to show your love, especially to those close to you.”

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Online Reviews for Patients

If you were looking for a great place to eat, you would likely pull out your phone and let the online reviews guide your decision.  If other customers have reported poor service or taste, you would likely skip that choice. This is the same concept when choosing your doctor. These days, word-of-mouth is more important than ever in healthcare. Patients

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Thoughtful Tuesday

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” -Leo Christopher Although our doctors are always busy, they still manage to spend time with the team. By collaborating and sharing knowledge on patient care, our physicians benefit from the time they spend with each other.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“The risk of doing nothing is the greatest risk of all.” Our doctors spend over a decade of their lives preparing for their profession. With this comes many stresses, changes and above all, risk. The greatest achievements can emerge from the biggest risks and the greatest losses can come from no risk.


Thoughtful Tuesday

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” -Robert Braathe While Thanksgiving may be gone, that doesn’t mean being grateful is any less important. Practicing gratitude and keeping a positive attitude is a choice our team makes every day. Happy patients start with a happy team.


Heart Healthy Meal Planning

Lauren Dimitrov, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert, shares the tips she gives her clients during the holiday season. The holiday season is upon us and celebrations with family and friends are underway. If you are concerned that holiday parties and food will ruin your healthful eating habits, remember that all holiday dishes can fit into a healthy eating plan. The

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