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Medically reviewed by Dr. Gabor Winkler McLeod Vascular Associates

Lack of blood flow in your leg can lead to amputation.  Now is the time to take action to prevent this tragedy.

Medical reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates


From an interview with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

The ability to operate inside the heart on small valves – tissue flaps that keep blood flowing in the correct direction – is an amazing medical development that returns the quality of life to thousands of patients. 

Medical reviewed by Vaishali Swami, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates 

This may not be news to you, but obesity among women is a major health problem in South Carolina. How much of a problem? 

Medically reviewed by Gavin Leask, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Better. But not good enough.

Medically reviewed by William Jackson, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Ranging from slightly bothersome to truly troublesome, people suffer a number of unexpected physical symptoms that could actually be warning signs of an approaching heart attack or heart failure.

Medically reviewed by Fred Krainin, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Most people know the term Cardiac Catheterization and might know that this assessment procedure involves injecting dye into the coronary arteries and the pumping chamber of the heart in order to visualize blockages and the performance of the heart muscle. Yet, the Cardiac Cath is only one of many tests cardiologists use to pinpoint heart problems before deciding whether to try medication or move on to a surgical procedure. 

Faulty Valves. When the Hearts Plumbing Parts Fail.

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, M.D., McLeod Cardiology Associates

Stenosis, from the Greek meaning “narrowing.”  Leaking, from the plumbing, meaning “drippy” or “to escape.”

Medically reviewed by Prabal Guha, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

A shortness of breath. Rapid pulse. Light-headedness. Dizziness.

Medically reviewed by Brian Wall, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates


Medically reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO McLeod Hospital Neurologist

Most people know about a “classic stroke,” one that causes paralysis or speech difficulties. Then, there are the so-called “mini-strokes,” or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which may also be warning of a classic stroke.


From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Unique Heart Risks for Women

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically Reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Not only do heart attacks in women exhibit with symptoms different from men, but women are different from men in the way some risk factors affect them.

Treating Potentially Deadly Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

Aneurysm is a medical term for a bulge in a blood vessel.

From an interview with David Bjerken, MD McLeod Vascular Associates Seacoast

When a person has kidney problems, they turn to a nephrologist, a specialist in treating diseases of the kidney. Yet, patients with kidney problems often require dialysis and for that the Vascular Specialist plays a key role, as McLeod Vascular Surgeon David Bjerken, MD explains:

From an interview with David Bjerken , MD McLeod Vascular Associates Seacoast

Most people know that with a heart problem you turn to a cardiologist or a cardiothoracic surgeon. When do you need someone like McLeod Vascular Specialist David Bjerken, MD? He offers three key medical situations:

From and interview with Rajesh Malik, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Stroke prevention takes the form of blood thinners for many people, who are at risk of suffering a serious stroke from blood clots forming in their heart’s left atrial appendage. The thinners prevent blood clots making it to the brain. For a number of reasons, some people cannot or prefer not to use these blood thinners, such as Warfarin. McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD is successfully using a new implantable device that helps prevent strokes and eliminates long-term use of blood thinners.

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

At first glance, the headline for this article may seem from the Department of “Research on the Obvious.” However, here are some facts that offer more insight to help you eat foods that will keep your heart healthy.

From an interview with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Worn or leaking heart valves do not cause an emergency that a sudden heart attack does.  When you have a leaking heart valve, you will feel a range of symptoms -- increasing fatigue, swollen feet and shortness of breath. 

Medically reviewed by Cary S. Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

A temporary fluttering in the chest.  An extra or skipped beat.  This is something that almost everyone has experienced.  It's usually nothing but could be a sign of something more serious.

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