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COVID 19 and Cardiovascular health

A message from our cardiologists regarding COVID19 and your heart.

The physicians at First Coast Heart wanted to take this opportunity to educate our patients about COVID 19 and Heart disease.

COVID 19 is predominantly a respiratory illness but can also cause serious cardiovascular illness. People with heart disease and stroke are extremely at high risk for getting the COVID 19 infection and have serious illness. Preliminary data reports that COVID 19 causes damage to heart muscle by causing inflammation called Myocarditis. It does increase the risk of fatal heart rhythm issues.

It is not just a FLU INFECTION. The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID 19 infection. We do not have any vaccine for the corona virus yet. We can take simple day to day precautions to prevent this infection. Please follow CDC recommendations — wash hands, clean and sanitize surfaces, avoid sharing personal household items, and most importantly practice social distancing.

Following a healthy routine is especially important now that we are spending more time at home.

– Please take your medications regularly.

– Follow healthy, low salt diet

– Do not neglect exercise. If you are unable to go to the GYM for exercise, try to do some aerobic exercises at home. Go for a walk or bike ride. Sedentary behavior also increases cardiac risk.

– Monitor for cardiac symptoms (Chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, Palpitations/ fluttering in chest, leg swelling and excessive fatigue) . 

 If you notice trouble breathing with cough, worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, mental changes like confusion, please call us or Call 911 depending on the severity of the issue.

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!

Welcome Letter

Dear Patients & Friends,

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center  welcomes you to our Jacksonville Cardiology practice.

Dr. Vincent. Caracciolo, Dr. L. Van Crisco, Dr. David Grech, Dr. Kevin Hayes, Dr. Dinesh Pubbi,  and Dr. Neil Sanghvi and their team of professionals would like to extend warm and sincere thanks for choosing our cardiology practice for your heart and vascular needs.

First Coast Heart & Vascular Center has made a sincere commitment to excellence that is second to none. We stand by core principles of: Quality, Integrity and Compassion. We will always put our patients first.

In our four main offices covering four counties (Duval, ClaySt. Johns and Flagler), First Coast Heart & Vascular Center provides a wide range of cardiac, vascular & electrophysiological diagnostic testing. We also have satellite offices in Duval County that are conveniently located to serve our patients.

Our physicians service all major hospitals in the Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties including:

  • Memorial Hospital Jacksonville,
  • Baptist Hospitals (downtown and South),
  • St. Vincent Hospital South,
  • Orange Park Hospital,
  • Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine,
  • Specialty Hospital
  • Brooks Hospital.

We are on call 24/7 for our patients. If you are admitted to any of these hospitals, we will be happy to attend to your needs as long as you make it known and request that our doctors see you. We have access to your records from any of our offices or homes and that will ensure that there are no interruptions in your care. It will also cut down on your expenses, health care system expenses and will eliminate duplication and unnecessary testing.

Our main offices are equipped with the latest in Nuclear imaging machines, Echo or Vascular equipment as well as the latest in Electronic Medical Records (EMR) which facilitate getting all your records to your primary care or referring doctors in an expeditious manner and with high efficiency. EMR assures a full circle of care with your referring doctors and hospitals. Our board certified cardiologists offer a spectrum of services including, but not limited to: consultation, diagnostic stress testing (Nuclear), Echocardiography, vascular testing, pacemaker or defibrillator implantation & interrogation, diagnostic cardiac & vascular catheterization (Angiography) and intervention (Stents, Rotablators, Laser, Debulking with Atherectomy, Carotid Artery or Renal Artery Stenting, PFO Closure, etc.).

Dr. Dinesh Pubbi is a board certified electrophysiologist with much successful experience in atrial fibrillation treatment including Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.

Dr. L. Van Crisco welcomes both cardiac and vascular patients and especially complicated vascular patients with special attention to vein disease. He is a nationally recognized interventional cardiologist with a vast experience in both cardiac and vascular intervention as well as structural heart disease.

First Coast Heart and Vascular Center contracts with every major insurance company as well as Medicare, Tricare and Medicaid. We offer a wide range of financial plans for your piece of mind. We will work with you to make your care affordable. Please browse the patient portal where you may access us 24 hours a day or send a scheduling question, billing question, or a comment or suggestion. You will be contacted within ONE business day by knowledgeable professional staff ready to help you.
Our doctors welcome new patients, former patients and patients seeking a second opinion in all of our offices. Our doctors cross cover each other when one is caught up in an emergency or on vacation to make sure your care is not interrupted.

Please help us keep you informed of your care by pointing out which of our doctors you wish to see and which office location you prefer to visit.

We at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center also want you to know that we support our Veterans and our Local Law Enforcement communities; they are here for all of us so we will be here for them.

Thank you for choosing First Coast Heart & Vascular Center, PA and for putting your heart in our hands.

Respectfully,

The doctors and staff at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center