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Dr. Kirk Charles

Vascular Surgery
Raleigh, NC
23 years experience

Locations

WFP Vascular surgery

Raleigh, NC

Address

3000 New Bern Avenue, Suite 1130, Raleigh, NC
Directions

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Vascular Surgery

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

143 Answers
148 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Both clots: Embolism is when an old clot travels from one location (heart or legs, commonly) to block a different vessel. Thrombosis is when a diseased vessel clo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Unclear: Stress and straining can cause increases in blood pressure transiently. Not sure if this is your situation. You may want to see you doctor if it is pe... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Air: This was probably due to trapped air after the surgery. Should be improving as time goes by. Check with your surgeon if not improving.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Potentially: A saccular aneurysm can be dangerous. Size is an important factor. You should talk to a neurosurgeon.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Orthopedic Surgeon: Go see orthopedic surgeon now. You may require surgery if dislocated for that long.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: it is unlikely that you have colon cancer but an evaluation is needed to see why you have rectal bleeding. You could have hemorrhoids or just be const... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe : unusual for someone your age to have poor circulation. However with inflammatory conditions circulation can be limited. If you have documented blockag... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Cholesterol: is what the medication addresses. By changing the cholesterol profile inflammation is reduced leading to plaque stabilization. This limits the potenti... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not likely: the blood supply to the face and brain have separated by this time. Unlikely that a problem with a facial artery will lead to a problem in the brain ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Patient selection is important for this test to be useful. If used inappropriately or indiscriminately, results will have little value.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not quite: Trauma can cause carotid dissection which narrows artery. Not a true stenosis. Clinical picture and radiology scans will determine if enough blood get... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe: People can have poor circulation with cold extremities but people people cab have cold extremities without disease. Tests may be needed.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Possibly: If you have an aneurysm then you should check with the person following you for the aneurysm. Other things can cause sleepiness and your medical docto... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Aneurysms that cause pain may be enlarging at a rapid rate. They will usually be tender when touched as well. It needs to be evaluated by a vascular s... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Don't stand for long periods of time. Elevate legs when possible. Ok to exercise in compression hose.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Raynaud's is worse in winter. Wear mittens to conserve heat. Keep hands covered for 5 min inside.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not normal: It should not grow back black. You may have a fungal infection.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: If you are certain she had a regular period after unprotected sex then chances of her being pregnant are slim.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Vasoconstrict: The mechanisms of the kidneys are complex. Caffeine tends to cause vasoconstriction. The kidneys chemical mediators can counteract this effect however... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Compression: Compression is best initial treatment. Ultrasound will be needed to identify the severity and location of disease. Best long-term treatment is to abla... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: there is a real problem when it hurts to breath and temperature is high. You may have pneumonia. The shoulder and breast pain could be referred or som... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Treatment for varicose veins is elective unless there is bleeding. You should be able to control your symptoms with compression stockings. Treatment c... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe: The contents of soup may help dilate vessels or the heat of it on your hands may do it. There may be natural vasodilators in the ingredients. Obviousl... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Colitis means inflammation of the colon. The source of colitis varies and dictates treatment. Infectious colitis more common than ischemic colitis in ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Kidney ischemia: Coarctation of the aorta leads to decreased blood flow to the kidneys. The kidneys then release chemical mediators which increase blood pressure to tr... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Low blood pressure: When an AAA ruptured the blood pressure decreases. That is what causes the dizziness. Unfortunately, ruptured aneurysms are much more dangerous than t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Variety of things: Swelling can be caused by various causes. Blood clots can occur but also decreased activity can be the source of swelling. Check with your doctor.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Unsure: Nicotine replacement is just one form of nicotine (gum, patch, lozenge or smokeless cigarette) for another (cigarettes). Nicotine will still be in you... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Common: By your own description you have risk factors for DVT. Best way to prevent DVT is to get active, lose weight and lead healthy lifestyle. Your size and... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: you workout may be fine. If you have not worked out in a while then the first week will make you very sore. Also depends on the exercise you are doing... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe: If you are concerned about blood clot then ultrasound is a great test. Otherwise you may want to follow your doctor's instructions.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Swelling: Swelling can cause a feeling of heaviness as the day goes on. The question would be what is the cause of the swelling.Check with a medical doctor.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No cure: Once have varicose veins all you can do is manage with stockings under care of physician. Eventual treatment can be provided by a specialist.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe: Symptoms may develop if you go a long time without eating. Diabetics are more susceptible to this if they take their meds and don't eat. Nondiabetics ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Many: blockages leading to angina, stroke and problems with walking. Aneurysms which can lead to bleeding and death. Blood clots leading to leg swelling and... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
See specialist: an ENT doctor can help you figure out what is going on. The eardrum could be ruptured.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not common: DVT usually presents with leg pain and swelling. Small number have no symptoms when in very small veins in leg. Address risk factor of obesity and ove... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Good but: Nitroglycerin is a short acting medication used to dilate blood vessels. This helps to relieve symptoms of angina. Nitroglycerin does not treat the bl... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not necessarily: but bulging veins in the arms can be harmless. If not painful should not be a big worry. Will change as he comes more active.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Possibly: if the artery is tender when you touch it there is a good chance it is inflamed. You also need some blood tests to help determine if you have arteriti... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe normal: Bulging veins are very common in pregnancy. Pressure from the uterus on the pelvic veins leads to bulging of veins in the thighs and legs. The hormone... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: You can wear gloves and mittens at same time to conserve more heat energy.
A female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Urologist: May need tests to evaluate reasons for flaccidity.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Do take blood thinners. Don't engage in contact activity while on blood thinners.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Tell doctor you are worried about plaque buildup and see if he or she has advice about how to treat.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ignore: Quitting smoking will help alleviate symptoms.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Pass it: You will probably pass it. If it dissolves then you will not need to worry about it. Don't know if digestive enzymes will work on Saran wrap. Talk to ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Bp low: Your blood pressure is low. That may be natural for you. Thin young ladies tend to have BP less than 100, but yours is concerning. Low sodium and anem... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Prevent infection: Cleansing with alcohol cleans the skin of bacteria to help prevent infection at the stick site.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Charles
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Very different: A brain aneurysm is a ballooning of an artery. A stroke is when there is poor circulation to part of the brain. Aneurysm may not be symptomatic. Strok... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Charles is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Charles is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Wasn't sure if there was room for concern or if it would clear on its own. Headed to the hospital now. Thank you for the help!
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! It's not tender so i feel more at ease by your reply. Doc is doing a sed rate tomorrow. Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! The pain is post prandial. I have vascular surgery appointment on the 17th.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1999MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Winston-Salem, NC - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Winston-Salem, NC - Winter
2013
Top Vascular Surgeon , First Place, Virginia - Winter
2013
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