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  • Heart Health

    Wait! Before You Take Pain Killers, Know the Heart Risks!

    Nathan J.s. Almeida, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Loris
    26 APRIL 2017

    “Ouch?! That muscle hurts!  Wow, my joints ache!”
    It’s nearly a reflex reaction for many of us to automatically reach for some ibuprofen or similar medication when aches and pains arise.  As we grow older, daily doses tend to become a fact of life.  But we need to be careful.

  • Heart Health

    Pericarditis: A Treatable Inflammation of the Heart Lining

    William A. Jackson, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    17 APRIL 2017

    Pericarditis is an inflammation of the heart lining. The heart is surrounded by a sack called the pericardium. It’s a thin layer of fluid that separates the sack from the actual heart muscle. You can have an inflammatory process that creates chest pain and feels like the crushing chest pain from a heart blockage.

  • Heart Health

    Cardiomyopathy: A Weak Heart Muscle May Need a Pacemaker

    William A. Jackson, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    13 APRIL 2017

    Blood system blockages can overwork the heart, leaving it weakened. McLeod Cardiologist William Jackson, MD, explains how that can lead to cardiomyopathy and what treatments are available.

  • Heart Health

    5 Top Risks for Heart & Vascular Disease That YOU Can Control

    Fred M. Krainin, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    04 APRIL 2017

    “Nearly everything in our lives has some effect on the risk of having a heart problem (cardiac) or disease related to our blood vessels (vascular),” says McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Fred Krainin. “The narrowing and hardening of arteries can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, diabetes or even dementia.”
    Everyone is at risk for cardiovascular disease.  Some risk factors are beyond your control.  But others can be influenced by how we lead our lives.

  • Heart Health

    Keep an Eye Out For Your Child’s High Blood Pressure

    Charles A. Trant, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists – Cardiology
    31 MARCH 2017

    High blood pressure is becoming more and more common in children. Part of it is related to lifestyle, because youth don’t do physical education class in school nearly as much as they used to. They spend more time inside playing video games and less time outside running around. A lot of them develop weight problems. And that, unfortunately, is the cause of a lot of the problems.

  • Heart Health

    When Your Child Has a Heart Murmur

    Charles A. Trant, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists – Cardiology
    13 MARCH 2017

    Sooner or later almost every parent hears the phrase “heart murmur” – if not from a physician, then from a neighbor, relative or member of the PTA. McLeod Pediatric Cardiologist Charles Trant, Jr., M.D., sorts out the questions and, hopefully, reduce anxiety surrounding  “heart murmurs:”

  • Heart Health

    Pulmonary Embolism: When Blood Clots Drift to the Lungs

    Neil W. Trask, III, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    03 MARCH 2017

    When blood clots form, they can break loose and drift to your heart, brain or lungs, creating moderate to severe effects. McLeod Cardiologist Neil Trask, M.D. discusses this problem, its symptoms and treatments.

  • Heart Health

    Aortic Stenosis: When Your Heart Valves Won’t Work Right

    Neil W. Trask, III, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    27 FEBRUARY 2017

    Aortic stenosis involves the heart’s aortic valve, one of the more important valves. This heart valve opens with the heart squeezes to allow blood to go out into the aorta. The aortic valve needs to open completely to the sidewalls of the aorta. When the ability to open all the way is limited or the valve opening narrows, it’s called stenosis. If the valve becomes too narrow, symptoms will appear.

  • Heart Health

    The Difference Between Vascular Rehabilitation and Cardiac Rehab

    Carmen M. Piccolo, DO
    McLeod Vascular Associates Florence
    13 FEBRUARY 2017

    Vascular Rehabilitation is similar to Cardiac Rehabilitation – but there are some specific differences in the causes that bring someone into each program. McLeod Vascular Specialist Carmen Piccolo, III, D.O. explains a unique Vascular Rehabilitation program and how it differs from a Cardiac program.

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