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  • Heart Health

    Cardiac Cath with a Same-Day Discharge

    Fred M. Krainin, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    03 DECEMBER 2018

    A cardiac catheterization no longer requires hours in a bed or an overnight hospital stay following the procedure. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD, explains how you can have your cardiac cath and go home the same day for dinner.

  • Heart Health

    Coronary Micro-Vascular Disease – Small Vessels, Maybe a Big Problem

    Brian P. Wall, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    26 NOVEMBER 2018

    A buildup of gunky plaque in the larger arteries leading to or on your heart hold the threat of creating chest pain (angina) and other symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease (weakness, nausea, pain in your arms and jaw).  However, there are smaller arteries on the heart, which are not blocked with plaque but whose walls can become damaged or diseased.

  • Heart Health

    Southern Diet: Good to Eat But Bad for Your Heart

    Thomas Stoughton, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    22 NOVEMBER 2018

    What a feast! Fried chicken (including gizzards and livers), collard greens cooked with ham, mac-and-cheese and for a beverage – sweet tea. This meal may be delicious. But over the long-term it is not good for you, according to a recent study.

  • Heart Health

    Young at Heart – Not Good News

    Charles A. Trant, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists – Cardiology
    15 NOVEMBER 2018

    High blood pressure, elevated sugar levels, excessive weight, bad diet, lack of physical exercise and a smoking habit. Sound like adults you know?  Maybe. But it also describes the results of a survey of five thousand youth aged 12-19*. None of those surveyed met criteria for ideal cardiovascular health.

  • Heart Health

    The Nordic Diet: Add This Option to Other Heart Healthy Diets

    Dennis J. Lang, D.O.
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Sumter
    07 NOVEMBER 2018

    The Mediterranean. The DASH. Heart healthy diet options come in many forms and by many names. Now add the Nordic Diet.

  • Heart Health

    When Arterial Build Up Turns Into a Heart Attack

    Anne H. Everman, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    02 NOVEMBER 2018

    Some heart problems provide lots of warnings signs.  Others don’t, which is why you need to recognize symptoms quickly.  McLeod Cardiologist Anne Everman, M.D., explains the changes to look for.

  • Heart Health

    Fit to Fly? Heart Patient Tips on Travel

    Anil Om, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    23 OCTOBER 2018

    After declining for a few decades, heart problems are once again on the rise, thanks to an aging population and obesity. At the same time air travel for business and leisure continues to increase with more than 2.2 billion domestic trips forecast for 2019. As a result, more heart patients are faced with the question, “Is it safe for me to fly?”

  • Heart Health

    Heart Treatment Advances Improve Patients’ Lives

    Alan M. Blaker, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    15 OCTOBER 2018

    Between 1970 and 2010, fatalities due to heart problems dramatically dropped – thanks to a focus on smoking cessation, cholesterol reduction and blood pressure control. Unfortunately, now – due to obesity and an aging population – the heart death rates are no longer falling and starting to increase.

  • Heart Health

    Many Tests to Pinpoint Heart Problems Before Surgery

    Fred M. Krainin, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    10 OCTOBER 2018

    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.