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Managing a Risky Chronic Illness with Confidence

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Aug 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

When onetime Pennsylvania resident Kip Leming thought of his upcoming move to Beaufort, he was thrilled — well, mostly. Just one concern gave him pause. He worried that he wouldn’t be able to find a doctor experienced in treating his elevated level of lipoprotein(a), a type of cholesterol that puts him at high risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

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Topics: Heart & Vascular

Heart Healthy Occupations

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Jun 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

How you feel at work and the type of work you do are significant factors in your cardiac health. Studies show that your job can have a great impact on your blood pressure and overall cardiac health.

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Topics: Heart & Vascular

Leonard Allen's Vascular Surgery Story

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Feb 13, 2017 12:22:12 PM

They say numbers never lie. Leonard Allen would beg to differ. At age 73, the 5-foot-9-inch Harbor Island resident weighed in at a healthy 160 pounds. His total cholesterol was 114—far below the recommended level of less than 200. He kept his blood pressure and blood sugar in check and walked 3 miles every day to stay fit. 

“You wouldn’t have flagged him right off the bat,” says Beaufort Memorial vascular surgeon Chad Tober, MD. “By all accounts, he was a healthy man.” But no matter the numbers, Leonard was a walking time bomb. His left carotid artery was 90 percent blocked, his right, 70 percent. “It was very likely he was going to have a massive stroke,” Tober says.

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Topics: Heart & Vascular

Your Mightiest Muscle

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Feb 1, 2017 4:35:25 PM

The heart beats. It pumps. It pounds. And it races. This mighty muscle works hard for you. Are you doing all you can to make its job easier? To keep your ticker in shape, start by better understanding the different conditions that can affect your heart. 

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Topics: Heart & Vascular

Why Women Shouldn't Overlook Heart Disease

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Aug 8, 2016 3:44:32 PM

More women than men have died from heart disease every year since 1984. Yet only one woman in five believes it to be her greatest health threat.

So why do women continue to overlook heart disease? “In the past, all the research was done on older men,” says BMH cardiologist Stuart Smalheiser, M.D. “But it’s not just a man’s disease; more women die of heart disease than anything else.”

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Topics: Heart & Vascular, Women’s Health