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From an interview with Alison Smock, MD McLeod Vascular Neurologist

The more you know about strokes, the better chance you’ll have to save someone else’s life – or your own. McLeod Hospital Vascular Neurologist Alison Smock, MD explains the various types of strokes and their treatment:

The Months Before OR Minutes after a Stroke

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.

YEARS & MONTHS TO PREVENT A STROKE

“There are a large number of risk factors we can control,” says McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD “People with diabetes can work to regulate the disease with diet and exercise. Quit smoking. Smoking is a risk factor you can easily control by quitting”

“High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of strokes,” says Dr. Gabor. “If high blood pressure is a problem, don’t wait to go to the doctor to have your blood pressure measured. Local drugstores sell inexpensive blood pressure monitors. Take your blood pressure at home regularly and keep a diary. Take it with you when you see your doctor or call your doctor if you see a spike in the pressure.”

These important healthy actions taken over a period of months and years can reduce your risk of stroke.

CRITICAL MINUTES TO SAVE YOUR BRAIN

“The initial treatment is very important, because a stroke blocks oxygen to the brain,” says

Dr. Winkler. “The first part of the treatment is to restore the blood flow. Often this is done in the Emergency Department, using a drug called TPA. The body actually produces some of this itself to help break up blood clots.

“So by quickly administering the TPA drug, we can lessen the stroke’s damage and improve chances of a patient’s recovery,” says Dr. Winkler. “Time is the key. In general, TPA should NOT be administered more than 3 hours after the stroke or it might have the opposite effect and damage the brain further.”

A COMMON CAUSE

“After the patient is stabilized, we seek the actual cause of the stroke,” says Dr. Gabor. “About a quarter of strokes are related to blockages in the artery leading to the brain – the carotid arteries that travel up each side of your neck. We can reduce this risk by either surgically removing the blockage or by placing a stent like a small pipe inside the artery to keep it open.”

To learn more about Strokes and their Treatment, you might find these articles useful:

4 Tips on Spotting a Stroke

Life-Saving Surgery for Stroke Patients

High Blood Pressure – Shortcut to Heart Attack, Stroke

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Life-Saving Surgery for Stroke Patients

Posted on in Heart Health

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

Strokes – when the brain is deprived of blood – come in two essential forms. In one case, a blood vessel in the brain bursts, cutting off blood to the brain and exerting pressure on the brain from the leaking blood. A second type of stroke is caused by blockages building up in the neck’s artery, restricting the flow of blood. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham discusses surgical solutions for the second type of stroke:


Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen DO May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing on average 1 American every 4 minutes.There are a number of risks that can lead to a stroke. Among those risks are smoking, migraines, high blood pressure, and oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy. Another key risk factor is an irregular heartbeat called Atrial Fibrillation. In addition to heart palpitations, and dizziness, Afib can open the door to a crippling or fatal stroke.  McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen describes the problem.

From Live-95/Ken Ard with Scot C. Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Coronary artery bypass surgery is the most common major surgical operation in this country,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Scot C. Schultz, MD. “It is very, very effective in treating patients who have heart disease with fatty plaque clogging their arteries – or what some people call ‘hardening of the arteries.’”

From Live-95/Ken Ard with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Heart disease is part of growing older,” according to McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Michael Carmichael, MD. “Many of us ignore the signs, because we don’t want to face growing older.”

Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease

Posted on in Heart Health

From an Interview with Eva Rzucidlo, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Although there are surgical treatments for this disease of blocked arteries in your lower limbs, the most important risk factors involve you – and how you live. McLeod Vascular Specialist Eva Rzucidlo, MD explains the many things that you and a physician can do to improve your quality of life from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD):


From an Interview with Eva Rzucidlo, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

It’s not just men who suffer from this vascular disease. Women can have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) as well but their awareness is very low. McLeod Vascular Specialist Eva Rzucidlo, MD explains this painful disease and its myths:


Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Vein problems in your legs can begin relatively early in life. On the surface, they can be painful and unappealing.  Yet, according to McLeod Vascular Specialist Gabor Winkler, problems in your deeper veins are much more serious:


Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Parents are well aware of the power of ultrasound testing to see their baby developing. Vascular specialists also use ultrasound technology to see problems developing in your veins. McLeod Vascular Specialist Gabor Winkler, MD explains:

Varicose Veins: Their Cause & Treatment

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Don’t ignore those ugly little lines on your legs. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD warns that if they’re not treated, serious wounds might result.

Heart Valve Problems - Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically Reviewd by Scot C. Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Your heart has 4 valves that are essentially flaps of tissue,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Scot Schultz. “The main job of the valves is keeping the blood flowing in one direction through the heart and body. Valves are very busy body parts – opening and closing about 100,000 times a day.”

If You’re Having a Heart Attack.

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Nathan Almeida, MD, FACC, FACP McLeod Cardiology Associates

If you think you’re having a heart attack, STOP READING and CALL 911.

What to Expect After Heart Operation

Posted on in Heart Health

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

 What to Expect After Your Operation

Who Needs CABG

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Dr. Scot Schultz McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Surgically bypassing clogged arteries is one of the most common heart procedures. A person rushed to the hospital for a heart attack is one of the most likely patients of the heart bypass.

Cardiac Stress Test. You May Need One

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amit Pande McLeod Cardiology Associates Little River-Loris

If you have ever run on a treadmill at your fitness center, you’ll have a good idea of your role in a cardiac stress test.

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.

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