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  • Heart Health

    Know Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease

    Anne H. Everman, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    09 JANUARY 2017

    If you know where you stand on the risk factors for heart disease, you can do something to change them for the better. McLeod Cardiologist Anne Everman, M.D., discusses what you need to know about heart risk factor.

  • Heart Health

    Congestive Heart Failure. What is it? What can we do?

    Evans P. Holland, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    19 DECEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Heart Health

    Are You Too Old for Heart Valve Surgery?

    S. Cary Huber, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    18 DECEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Heart Health

    Get Moving: Peripheral Arterial Disease Could Cost you a Leg

    Carmen M. Piccolo, DO
    McLeod Vascular Associates Florence
    05 DECEMBER 2016

      Lack of blood flow in your leg can lead to amputation. Now is the time to take action to prevent this tragedy.

  • Heart Health

    Keep An Eye on the Man In Your Life: Men Have More Heart Attacks Than Women

    Anil Om, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    29 NOVEMBER 2016

    Statistics tell us that one in every four male deaths is from heart disease. Of all sudden cardiac events, 70% to 90% occur to men. These statistics present a straightforward picture of the great risk men face of heart attack. What remains to be seen is WHY men have more heart attacks than women.

  • Heart Health

    Heart Valve Surgery Patients Benefit from Stream of New Developments

    Michael J. Carmichael, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    25 NOVEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Heart Health

    Heart Disease, Women, Obesity and Inactivity: An Unhealthy Relationship

    Vaishali M. Swami, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    17 NOVEMBER 2016

    This may not be news to you, but obesity among women is a major health problem in South Carolina. How much of a problem?

    From 1988 to 2012, the number of adult obese women in the U.S. rose from 25.5% to 35.9%.  South Carolina presents a more troubling picture.

  • Heart Health

    Cholesterol Is Still a Problem for Us – And Our Children

    Gavin M. Leask, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Little River
    07 NOVEMBER 2016

    “The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows a decline in adults with bad cholesterol levels during the period from 2007-2014, dropping from 14% to 11%,” says McLeod Cardiologist Gavin Leask, MD. “This represents very good news in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the number one of cause of death in this country. However, some researcher feel that the improvement is due largely to an increase in the number of people taking statins, cholesterol control drugs, not changes to a healthier lifestyle.”

  • Heart Health

    Atrial Fibrillation Brings Stroke Risk – A Test You Can Do

    Anil Om, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    07 NOVEMBER 2016

    Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke, making a person 5 times more likely to suffer stroke.

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