Watchman Implant Device Gives Atrial Fibrillation Patients Options

We are excited to announce that First Coast Heart and Vascular Center physician, Dr. Van Crisco is among the first physicians in Northeast Florida to implant the WATCHMAN device, a novel device for stroke risk reduction for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who have problems taking blood thinners.  This procedure is offered at Memorial Hospital in…

Physical Activity and Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of Americans are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. Fully 16% of Americans are not active at all. Overall, women tend to be less active than men, and older people are less likely to get regular physical activity than younger individuals. In…

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention – Advancing Treatment of Stroke and TIA What are the carotid arteries? The carotid arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the head and brain. Located on each side of the neck, these arteries can easily be felt pulsating by…

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

What is P.A.D.? P.A.D. is short for Peripheral Arterial Disease. People have P.A.D. when the arteries in their legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called  atherosclerosis . When leg arteries are hardened and clogged, blood flow to the…

Cardiac Cath is now safer, faster & more comfortable for patients

Transradial Cardiac Catheterization Dr. Van Crisco, MD, FACC, FSCAI Interventional Cardiologist and Peripheral Vascular Medicine Specialist, First Coast Heart and Vascular Center, Jacksonville, FL   What is cardiac catheterization, and when is it used? In general, cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure done to get information about the heart muscle and its blood supply…