Our region suffers one of the highest rates of heart problems in the country. We know you have a choice when it comes to getting heart treatment. Cardiologists diagnose AND treat heart patients by examining and clearing blocked arteries with small incisions and outpatient procedures. Our heart doctors perform more than 4,000 heart catheterizations annually to pinpoint heart problems. Standing ready to diagnose and, if necessary, treat heart patients are 14 cardiologists, along with 10 interventional cardiologists and 2 Electrophysiologists.
McLeod Health offers Cardiology Services at our following locations: Florence, Cheraw, Clarendon, Dillon, Loris, and Seacoast.
When performing a heart catheterization to explore the heart and its pumping ability, cardiologists traditionally insert their small instruments through the groin area. Using the wrist also as an entry point, the patient sees fewer complications, including less trouble with bleeding and no need to compress the entry area to control bleeding.
“Interventional” cardiologists put their additional education, training, certification, and experience to use in minimally invasive procedures performed on the heart and arteries. Patients referred to an interventional cardiologist will probably undergo a test called an angiogram, used to diagnose blockages in your arteries. If tests reveal a problem, your cardiologist may recommend a procedure, such as angioplasty or stenting.
Electrical signals maintain the heart muscle’s rhythm, pumping blood through the body. Irregular signals trigger the heart to beat too fast, too slow or vary between too fast and too slow. The Electrophysiologist, a cardiology subspecialist, deals with these arrhythmia, fibrillations or tachycardia. From the Midlands to the Coast, Patients Can See a McLeod Electrophysiologist.
All Electrophysiology studies are conducted in the area’s only dedicated, specially equipped Electrophysiology Laboratory located at McLeod Regional Medical Center (Florence). McLeod Cardiology Associates evaluate patients at McLeod Health Seacoast and at their Sumter office as well as in Florence. To schedule an appointment at one of these locations, please call 1 (800) 299-5689. Like any highly complex device powered by electricity, the body’s heart can misfire, causing arrhythmias or erratic heartbeats. Atrial Fibrillation tops the list as the most common of these cardiac electrical problems. McLeod Heart & Vascular Institute carries full Atrial Fibrillation Certification from the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care, reflecting our quality care for these heart patients. Learn more about Afib.
For patients with atrial fibrillation who are sensitive to medication and blood thinner treatments, or their ablation procedure was unsuccessful, they may be considered a potential candidate for Convergent, a procedure available at McLeod Regional Medical Center that combines the best aspects of the surgical approach to atrial fibrillation with the Electrophysiologist’s ablation technique.READ MORE
During the Convergent procedure, the Cardiothoracic Surgeon performs a minimally invasive approach to ablate (destroy), the tissues on the back of the heart. An Electrophysiologist then performs ablations on the inside and front portions of the heart. By combining the two techniques it produces a much more reliable result for the patient and a potential way for them to no longer need their medications and/or blood thinners.
Questions on the Convergent procedure may be directed to McLeod Cardiology Associates at (843) 667-1891.Close