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What Happens AFTER a Heart Attack

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associate

What You Want to Know

Cardiac Treatment Options

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Evans P. Holland, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Heart disease and cardiovascular conditions can be treated in numerous ways, depending on the seriousness of the condition and the patient’s history or other medical problems.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

For many heart patients, treatment doesn’t end with surgery or medication. It includes the component of Cardiac Rehab – a physical rehabilitation program designed specifically for them. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains:

Heart Attack Symptoms: Not the Same for Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Women won't often seek care for a heart attack, because they don’t suffer what we know as the traditional symptom – chest pain. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains the signs women should look for and some of the unique risk factors women have.

From a presentation by Rajesh Malik McLeod Cardiology Associates

Heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. Blood pressure drops. Blood flow to the brain and organs screeches to a halt. Breathing ceases. The person loses consciousness. Without quick intervention, this “arrest” can quickly lead to “death.”


From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Vascular surgeons have added a new tool to their options of opening blocked arteries in the arms or legs. McLeod Vascular Specialist Christopher Cunningham, MD says a major benefit of the Drug Eluting Balloon is its ability to keep the blood vessels open:

Young Woman, Are You Heading for a Heart Attack?

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT WOMEN & HEART ATTACKS

ICDs

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Prabal Guha, MD McLeod Cardiology

The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or ICD can bring extra years of life to certain heart patients by essentially shocking their heart back into action if they stop.

Medically reviewed by Evans Holland, MD McLeod Cardiology

At some point, nearly 60% of children have a heart murmur. Parents should not panic, because nearly all of these are technically described as “innocent,” meaning harmless. Unless there is a rare congenital heart defect, most children will eventually outgrow the murmur.

Medically reviewed by Brian Wall, MD McLeod Cardiology

High blood pressure is a silent killer. And it’s one that we normally associate with our parents and grand parents.

Medically reviewed by Carmen Piccolo, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Swelling in your legs and ankles. New varicose veins. Legs that are restless, heavy, tired, aching or discolored.

Aura: Warning Sign of a Migraine…and a Future Stroke

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO Medical Director McLeod Neurology

Excruciating pain. Nausea. Sensitivity to light. The crushing symptoms of migraine headaches affect 15% of the population and, unfortunately, women are 3 times as likely as men to experience them.

TIA - Warning of A Stroke

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview on Live 95 Good Morning Pee Dee with Alison Smock, MD Medical Director, McLeod Stroke Unit

Some people call a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) a “mini-stroke.” To McLeod Neurologist Alison Smock, MD, the TIA is a warning sign not to be ignored.

6 Great Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Posted on in Heart Health

From an article by Dr. John W. Patton Pee Dee Cardiology

“Smoking is a dangerous, addictive habit that not only affects you, but the people around you,” says McLeod Cardiologist John “Will” Patton, MD. “It is also the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide, according to the American Lung Association.” Research leaves little doubt that quitting smoking will improve your health. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. Your risk of heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke, heart attack, and vision problems will also decrease. It doesn't matter how long you have been smoking. You can always benefit from quitting. It’s also well known thatnicotine – a drug found in tobacco – is highly addictive. Withdrawal symptoms include: anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble sleeping and increased appetite. Users often return to smoking because of the withdrawal symptoms. You can increase your chances of success if you prepare to quit. 

Atrial Fibrillation Triggers

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Malik, MD Director of Electrophysiology for McLeod

People with atrial fibrillation – the erratic beating of your heart -- have a number of very good treatments available.

Coffee, Your Heart & More. It’s a Good Thing.

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Dennis Lang, DO Pee Dee Cardiology

Coffee drinkers, here’s some good news, as long as we’re not talking 10 cups a day.

Medically reviewed by Ryan Garbalosa, DO Pee Dee Cardiology

Cardiologists have worked with many patients to control their blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Until recently, the guidelines stated that a reading of 140 was acceptable in patients over 50 and 150 was acceptable in patients over 65.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatments

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO McLeod Vascular Associates

PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease can cause severe, even constant pain, due to blocked arteries in the legs or arms. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Carmen Piccolo, DO says it can result in amputation – but can be treated

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Signs & Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO McLeod Vascular Associates

Arteries near your heart aren’t the only ones in your body that can become clogged with plaque. Your arms and legs can also suffer from this disease, as McLeod Vascular Surgeon Carmen Piccolo, DO, explains.

Endovascular Repair of Aortic Aneurysm

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

The aorta, a large artery that carries blood from the heart, can enlarge and rupture with life-threatening results. Thanks to surgical developments, repairing the enlargement or aneurysm is usually a simple operation, says McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD:

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