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  • Heart Health

    Treating Heart Valve Problems To Keep You Active

    Robert H. Messier, Jr., MD, PhD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    16 JULY 2019

    The flow of blood in your heart is controlled by four important valves. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Robert Messier, MD, PhD, explains what can be done if those valves won’t close properly or they develop a build up with calcium and lose their flexibility.

  • Heart Health

    Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgery – 3 Times Faster Recovery

    Wayne Holley, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    10 JULY 2019

    With robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon’s hands and eyes still guide the instruments with many advantages for the patient. McLeod Thoracic Surgeon C. Wayne Holley, MD, explains the many patient advantages, when he performs robotic-assisted lung surgery.

  • Heart Health

    Repairing the Dangerous Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    Joshua A. Sibille, MD
    McLeod Vascular Associates – Little River
    02 JULY 2019

    When a person’s artery near the heart starts to expand like a balloon, the key for vascular specialists is to spot the problem and repair it before the “balloon” bursts, presenting a potentially fatal situation. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Joshua Sibille, MD, explains the problem and several approaches to mending the abdominal aortic aneurysm.

  • Heart Health

    TAVR: Replacing Heart Valves with a Needle, Not a Knife

    S. Cary Huber, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    26 JUNE 2019

    Aortic heart valves, which are compromised by calcium buildup, can be replaced without the traditional method of an 8-inch incision and sawing the chest open to get to the heart. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Cary Huber explains the technique – transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR

  • Heart Health

    Controlling Cholesterol to Keep Your Heart Healthy

    Vaishali M. Swami, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    19 JUNE 2019

    Cholesterol plays an important role as your body builds new cells. However, as with many things in life, it’s more complicated than that.

  • Heart Health

    Treating Painful Peripheral Arterial Disease: You Play a Key Role

    Eva M. Rzucidlo, MD
    McLeod Vascular Associates Florence
    13 JUNE 2019

    Although there are surgical treatments for this disease of blocked arteries in your lower limbs, the most important risk factors involve you – and how you live. McLeod Vascular Specialist Eva Rzucidlo, MD explains the many things that you and a physician can do to improve your quality of life from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

  • Heart Health

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

    Neil W. Trask, III, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    04 JUNE 2019

    Medical terms can confuse. Take “Aortic Stenosis.” If you’re not sure what that means, you have considerable company. McLeod Cardiologist Neil Trask, MD, helps us understand this heart problem, its symptoms and treatments.

  • Heart Health

    Are You At Risk of a Stroke?

    Timothy L. Hagen, DO
    MRMC – McLeod Inpatient Physicians
    30 MAY 2019

    A stroke damages a person’s brain and can damage their life. Knowing the risk factors might save your life. McLeod Neurologist Timothy Hagen, DO, lists those elements of your life that can put you at risk for a stroke and which ones you can and should control.

  • Heart Health

    New Developments in Heart Medications

    Evans P. Holland, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    21 MAY 2019

    Newer blood thinning drugs are easier for heart patients to regulate. McLeod Cardiologist Evans Holland, MD, describe these new medications and explained a new guideline for the use of low-dose aspirin.