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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.


From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Blockages in the arteries can trigger pain from oxygen-starvation.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD explains diagnosing and treating Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD:


From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

The role of vascular surgeons is often confused with their fellow sub-specialists, the cardiothoracic surgeons.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD offers this quick overview:

From an article by Brian Wall, MD Interventional Cardiologist

The path to cardiovascular disease is clear: obesity leads to high blood pressure and diabetes, which leads to heart attack, vascular problems, congestive heart failure and stroke. It’s a well-traveled path in the United States, where two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. In South Carolina, where the path is paved with our delicious fried foods and yummy mac and cheese, the percentage is even higher. In the United State, heart disease is the number one killer.


From an interview with Alan Blaker, M.D. Pee Dee Cardiology

Problems with the heart come in many shapes and sizes.  During February – Heart Month 2014 – McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker describes the various problems a person might experience:


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. As McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Michael Carmichael, MD explains, your options are clear:

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