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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:

Door-to-Balloon Time

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Medical personnel call it “door-to-balloon” time. For the rest of us, it means how quickly can a heart attack patient make it from the door of the Emergency Department until a Cardiologist uses an angioplasty balloon to open a blocked artery. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD explains that time is critical to a patient’s recovery:


From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

American cardiologists are turning to an alternate technique to diagnose heart artery blockages that has a number of benefits for the patient. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD, explains sending a catheter through the wrist, rather than through the leg.


From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Many people with chest pain will find themselves referred to a cardiologist for a test to find heart blockages. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD describes the role and process of the cardiac catheterization:


From a conversation with S. Cary Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Problematic heartbeats caused by electrical misfires can be treated a number of ways – with medication, ablation, as well as with a surgical treatment called MAZE. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cary Huber, MD, explains how MAZE is accomplished:


From an interview with S. Cary Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

When your heart beat changes from a normal pattern to one so irregular that it can sound like shoes bouncing around in your dryer, one diagnosis is Atrial Fibrillation. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cary Huber, MD, discusses the condition, symptom and possible treatments:

Pacemakers: More Uses, Rare Problem

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Pacemakers are one of the most common devices that are implanted in a person’s body to improve their quality of life. Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD is a cardiologist whose specialty includes implanting and – when needed – removing or replacing pacemakers.

Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms, Treatments

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Like any highly complex device powered by electricity, the body’s heart can misfire causing arrhythmias or erratic heartbeats. The most common of these cardiac electrical problems is atrial fibrillation, according to McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD:

Electrophysiology: Controlling Erratic Hearts

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

"A heart attack isn’t the only cardiac problem that can affect your life. When the electric signals that control your heart muscle get out of control, you will likely be treated by a cardiologist called an Electrophysiologist," McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD explains.

Heart Disease: #1 Killer of Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Nicolette Naso, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer of BOTH men and women in this country. Yet, when heart disease is discussed, we tend to think of it affecting primarily men.

Interventional cardiologists and Stents

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

When an “Interventional” cardiologist intervenes – it’s in a good way: finding where an arterial blockage is and, if needed, opening that blockage with a stent.

Not always an Elephant: Heart Attack Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Interventional Cardiologist

When a heart attack hits, you may not realize it if you’re waiting for that feeling of an elephant sitting on your chest. McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Anil Om, MD, says many patients -- especially women and the elderly – often have symptoms that are not typical.

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

A generation ago, when your cardiologist suggested a “pacemaker,” they were suggesting a device whose primary, if not sole, purpose was to correct a slow heart rate. Today’s pacemaker is as much like THAT pacemaker as today’s newest cell phone is like a 1999 cell phone that ONLY made phone calls. Today’s pacemaker – like today’s cell phone – can accomplish many tasks in a small package. It can speed up slow hearts, slow down fast hearts and trigger irregular heart beats to stay in rhythm.

From an interview with Brian Wall, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Ask McLeod Cardiologist Brian Wall, MD if there’s a link between you, heart disease and your family…and his answer is quick and unequivocal. “Sure. Absolutely,” Dr. Wall says. “ We’ve known since research in the 1930s that there is a correlation between your risk of heart disease and your family’s history.” 

From an interview with  Alan Blaker, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

The heart is a muscle.  When that heart muscle weakens or the muscle becomes too stiff, it can’t pump enough blood to the body to meet the body's demands. This condition is called Congestive Heart Failure.

Claudication: Long Name for Pain When Walking

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

When you can’t walk a long distance without pain, it may not simply be that you are out of shape.  It could be a shortage of oxygen getting to your limbs.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD describes the problem and its treatment options.

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