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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:

Surgically Fixing Carotid Arteries

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

A blocked carotid artery in your neck can trigger a stroke. However, McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, says the fix is easy with little pain:

Symptoms of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Don’t ignore temporary blindness, paralysis or trouble understanding or speaking to people. These could be signs of a stroke. Spotting and treating strokes quickly is important to saving a life.

Stroke Danger and the Carotid Artery

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

There are 3 types of strokes: hemorrhagic, caused by bleeding; embolic, when a solid piece of plaque breaks off and blocks blood to your brain; and the embolic stroke triggered in your carotid artery. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, explains the carotid embolic stroke:

Learn the Type of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Our region has much to be proud of. However, being #1 in the county for arterial diseases, such as strokes, is not an honor so much as an indication we can do better. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD offers this important background.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD

As part of an annual survey by the American Heart Association, people were asked if they knew what is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) was.

Stroke Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview on Good Morning Pee Dee with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

We live in the “stroke belt” of the United States – a region that runs from Texas to South Carolina. This designation isn’t something for which we seek recognition, since it points to the prevalence of risk factors for strokes in our communities.

Women’s Heart Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Brian P. Wall, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Some heart risk factors we cannot control – but some of the most important ones we can reduce. McLeod Cardiologist Brian P. Wall, MD explains what women can control and how this regional compares to the state and nation:

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