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Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Evolocumab in Patients With Hypercholesterolemia

Here is a recent study conducted by Dr. Michael J. Koren of First Coast Heart and Vascular.

Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Evolocumab in Patients With Hypercholes.._

Dr. Sunil Singh SCAI Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Singh, on becoming a fellow of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI). FSCAI is a mark of excellence among interventional cardiologists. This is a very prestigious honor for him and we at First Coast Heart and Vascular are glad to have Dr Sunil Singh as part of our practice. Dr. Singh is seeing patients currently in our Jacksonville and Fleming Island offices.

To learn more about SCAI, visit: http://www.scai.org/FSCAI/Default.aspx

Dr. Dinesh Pubbi discusses AFib Part 1

Electrophysiologist, Dr. Dinesh Pubbi with First Coast Heart & Vascular Center discusses Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

Welcome Dr. Michael Koren

Michael Koren MDFirst Coast Heart & Vascular Center is pleased to announce that Michael J. Koren, MD and his staff from Apex Cardiovascular have joined the practice. The two cardiology practices will continue to provide services under one name, First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Koren and his staff have moved to First Coast Heart & Vascular Center’s Jacksonville office located at 3901 University Blvd. S., Suite 221, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center is a nationally recognized Center for Excellence and is honored to have Dr. Koren join the practice.  Dr. Koren is also Chief Executive Officer at Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research (JCCR), which conducts clinical trials at 8 locations in Florida. As a premier clinical research organization, JCCR has conducted more than 1,000 clinical trials over 20 years and has worldwide recognition for providing patients access to cutting-edge medical research.

“This combination of physicians and healthcare professionals will provide the best resources and strength in the field of cardiology in North East Florida,” stated Dr. Kevin Hayes, President of First Coast Heart & Vascular Center.  “We are committed to healthcare excellence with a clear strategy: one practice, one philosophy, and one goal to provide quality cardiovascular care to our patients.”

Dr. Neil Sanghvi Discusses Sudden Cardiac Arrest on CBS

Recently Dr. Neil Sanghvi discussed Sudden Cardiac Arrest on the local CBS station here in Jacksonville, FL. He discussed SCA and new techniques that can help patients live with this condition.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a sudden and unanticipated pulseless condition attributed to termination of cardiac mechanical activity. It is frequently caused by ventricular fibrillation, an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system. When SCA strikes, the blood stops flowing to the brain, the heart, and the rest of the body, and the person suddenly passes out. In reality, this person is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone helps immediately.

A Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest are not the same thing. A heart attack occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is decreased or blocked, causing the heart muscle to become injured or die. A heart attack can be described as a “plumbing problem” in the heart. The heart attack victim is awake and may complain about one or more of the signs and symptoms of heart attack. In contrast, the SCA victim is not awake and needs immediate help in order to possibly survive.

A newer option called a subcutaneous defibrillator (S-ICD) offers the same protection but without touching the heart. Instead, it’s implanted just underneath the skin on the left side of the chest next to the rib cage. The device monitor your heart rhythm 24 hours a day.

The S-ICD may be a good option for people who have an active lifestyle. Because it has few or no upper-body and athletic restrictions, choosing the S-ICD means you should be able to continue doing the things you love to do.

Dr. Sanghvi Interviewed by WJCT

Dr. Sanghvi interviewed by WJCT

Neil Sanghvi, MDOur very own, Dr. Neil Sanghvi was recently interviewed by WJCT Radio with host Melissa Ross on the First Coast Connect radio show. Click here to listen to the interview. Dr. Sanghvi discussed several heart health tips.

Cardiology Care that Goes the Extra Mile

Cardiology care that goes the extra mile.

Cardiology Care that Goes the Extra Mile

Yesterday one of our patients came to see Dr. Dinesh Pubbi to have her pacemaker checked. Unfortunately the patient was unable to get out of the car and into our building. Dr. Pubbi with the help from several of our staff and one of our Boston Scientific reps – Jamie Kirkley, took our equipment out to the patient in her car. Talk about curb service! Thanks everyone for going the extra mile!

A great day for a Heart Walk

A great day for a heart walk! Thanks to all of our employees at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center and their families who supported the First Coast Heart Walk in Jacksonville, FL for the American Heart Association on Sept. 19th.

First Coast Heart American Heart Walk 2015

 

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

acr ultrasound accreditationFirst Coast Heart & Vascular Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.