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Know Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation at McLeod Seacoast by Anne Everman, M.D. McLeod Cardiology Associates

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

Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons play different and equally important roles in the care of a patient with Heart Disease, as McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker explains:

High Blood Pressure: Shortcut to Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted on in Heart Health

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

Age, Gender, Heredity.  These account for 20 percent of the heart disease that you CANNOT control.

Medically Reviewed by Evans Holland, M.D. McLeod Cardiology Associates

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) describes a gradual weakening of the heart over time.  As it weakens, the body tries to compensate.  With the weakening, the heart may have to pump faster to maintain the blood pressure.  Blood and oxygen are diverted from some parts of the body, such as muscles, to keep organs working. 

Are You Too Old for Heart Valve Surgery?

Posted on in Heart Health

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

Fact: More than 300,000 people worldwide have heart valve surgery annually.  Fact: Valve Replacement and Heart Bypass surgery (or a combination of the two) are the most common procedures in the “elderly.” Fact: More than 30% of the patients having heart valve surgery are over 70.  Fact: More than 20% of heart valve surgical patients are over 75 years of age. 

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:

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