Overview

Our mission is to build a community that focuses on an integrative and preventive approach to healing using tools to combat stress, improved nutrition and movement.

The UF Cardiology – Springhill Integrative and Preventive Cardiology Program focuses on wellness, prevention and nutrition in cardiology, promoting food as the foundation of healing.

Woman doing yoga on a rocky pier. Under the guidance of Dr. Aggarwal, the program offers an integrative approach to cardiovascular care, focusing on improving quality of life and helping to optimize cardiovascular health through a wide array of techniques, including:

  • Focusing on prevention and wellness
  • Lifestyle modifications to improve overall health
  • Improved diet and nutrition options as a way to improve cardiovascular health
  • Tools to alleviate stress, including yoga and meditation

Dr. Monica Aggarwal is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Florida, and also serves as a board-certified cardiologist at UF Health. She works to create individualized, immersive diet and lifestyle plans for a holistic approach to health. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Aggarwal is a published author and participates in lectures for physicians on how to incorporate a healthy diet for their patients. It is her mission to be an advocate for nutrition, helping educate how diet is connected to chronic illness and offering integrative solutions to provide a better quality of life.

“I started seeing Dr. Aggarwal around the end of January. She was a recommendation from another cardiologist at UF. She is very great and liberal with her time. I know that’s probably greatly appreciated by any patient, and it is especially by me.

 

I’ve been on a lot of diets in my life, and she’s probably the only one who never said, ‘Now you weigh X, and I need you to weigh Y.’ She went over healthy foods she’d like to me to eat and the regimen, just showing you how eating property will result in weight loss.

 

I definitely have increased energy, lower blood pressure, and reduced some of my medications. I feel better about myself and my appearance. My wife is thrilled – she never stops complimenting me. Just overall, I feel much better than the first day I went the doctor.

 

Would I recommend Dr. Aggarwal? What do you think? It’s an overwhelming yes.

 

- Eugene Dever

A Message from the Physician

Monica AggarwalBecoming a cardiologist isn’t easy, as one must go to medical school, then three years of Internship/Residency, which are followed by a three-year cardiology training program called a fellowship. When you finish all of this, you feel old. Or maybe that was just me, which is why I -- as a woman in subspecialty medicine -- felt my birthing clock begin to tick. Because of this, I decided to have three children in five years. Needless to say, my life became a blur: juggling work, home, kids and myself. My hectic schedule caused me to develop a chronic illness, but I was able to take this negative and turn it into a positive because I now understood what it means to be a patient. During the past ten years that I’ve practiced, I have developed clarity for my life and at work. Due to my illness, I practice in an entirely different way, and my patients are better for it. Everything I have learned could fill an encyclopedia, but here are the six most important things I’ve learned that I pass on to my patients.

- Monica Aggarwal, MD

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