Health

New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

Why I'm Running: Amanda Farmer

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Amanda Farmer is one of the leaders of Team Kim Ross, the top fundraising team for this year's 26.2 With Donna.

This group which has 55 runners that make up 11 relay teams also has 7 people who are running the half marathon and 2 that are running the full marathon.

All of these people are running to honor Kim Ross, a local woman who lost her fight with breast cancer this past July.  Ross was part of a relay team in each of the last two years for the 26.2 With Donna.

St. Vincent’s Doctors Increase Reliability of Heart Procedure by Utilizing Ultrasound Technology

St. Vincent’s Doctors Increase Reliability of Heart Procedure by Utilizing Ultrasound Technology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ponte Vedra resident Michele Goff always thought her ticker was in tune, but after suffering a heart attack at a local grocery store, she faced a new reality – heart disease.   

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

JU Orthodontists Set the Record Straight During National Orthodontic Health Month

JU Orthodontists Set the Record Straight During National Orthodontic Health Month

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Orthodontists at Jacksonville University are taking time during October’s National Orthodontic Health Month to educate the public and clarify best practices for the maintenance of your smile.

Dr. Mark Alarbi, dean and program director of the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics, said there are many myths that need to be busted regarding orthodontic care, but one of the most common misconceptions is that parents need to wait for their children to loose all of their baby teeth before evaluating the need for braces.

LA FITNESS BRINGS NEW OPTIONS TO JACKSONVILLE-AREA RESIDENTS WITH FOUR NEW HEALTH CLUBS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – LA Fitness is pleased to announce that it will open four new health clubs in the Jacksonville, Fla., area this October. The locations of the clubs, which the company selected based on accessibility and convenience, are at Atlantic and Kernan; University Drive and St. Augustine Boulevard in Lakewood; Blanding Boulevard at 9A in Orange Park; and Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road in Atlantic Beach. Presale memberships are now available for all four locations. 

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Young Survivors Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville will be able to continue to help young breast cancer survivors thanks to a recent $1,000 grant won through Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest. The grant will help secure a location for monthly meetings, provide educational materials and fund outreach efforts for the Young Survivors Group.