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Heart Disease Pop Quiz

When it comes to heart disease, how knowledgable are you? In this WIS-TV report, news anchor Dawndy Mercer-Plank asked community members in downtown Columbia questions about heart health. Then, Dr. Heather Currier, new cardiothoracic surgeon at Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, provided answers.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in America. in fact, it kills more people than many forms of cancer combined. A recent study from the American Heart Association showed that approximately 46% of American adults have some form of heart disease. In South Carolina, the most common heart surgery is coronary artery bypass. And, as the population grows older, valve replacement is becoming more frequent, too.

Lexington Medical Center wants you to “Just Say Know” to heart disease. To test your heart health knowledge with a quiz, visit LexMed.com/Know.

Honoring the Oath

Dr. Marc Antonetti is a surgeon at Riverside Surgical Group and the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center. He performs many types of general surgery.

Dr. Marc Antonetti

He also served in the United States Air Force and took care of wounded military service members while stationed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He worked under dangerous conditions, including gunfights outside of his operating room window. He also treated soldiers on both sides of the battle.

This week, WIS-TV profiled Dr. Antonetti’s story as part of the TV station’s “Year of the Veteran” series. As Dawndy Mercer-Plank reports, taking an oath to treat the injured means treating everyone, even the enemy.

Can Thyroid Cancer Lead to Heart Problems?

If you’ve had thyroid cancer or even thyroid problems, you may be taking a synthetic thyroid hormone.

Now, a new medical study says that the risk of heart disease and stroke is higher in thyroid cancer patients who take a synthetic thyroid hormone.

How concerned should thyroid patients be?

Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, answered the question in this WIS Health U report.

According to Dr. Seybt, thyroid cancer patients are typically dosed with synthetic thyroid hormone a bit higher. When there’s a higher level of thyroid hormone in the body, it can cause some cardiac arrhythmias or increased work on the heart. So, it’s important that all patients have the right amount of synthetic thyroid hormone. In year’s past, some patients thought that taking more thyroid supplementation could boost their metabolism and help them lose weight. That’s true, but it would put more pressure on the heart.

The bottom line is that it’s important for patients on thyroid supplementation to talk to their doctor about heart disease and be aware of other heart disease risk factors including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and being overweight.

To learn more about Dr. Seybt and her Lexington ENT & Allergy, visit www.ENTLexington.com