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Faulty Valves. When the Hearts Plumbing Parts Fail.

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, M.D. Pee Dee Cardiology

Stenosis, from the Greek meaning “narrowing.”  Leaking, from the plumbing, meaning “drippy” or “to escape.”

From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

From large, very visible scars traveling across the abdomen to small scars, less pain, and faster recovery.  That describes the path that surgery for incontinence and other women’s pelvic health problems has taken in the 21st Century.  

Too Much Mammography? No!!

Posted on in Cancer

An American Response to the Recent Canadian Study

Medically Reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates 

Medically reviewed by Prabal Guha, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

A shortness of breath. Rapid pulse. Light-headedness. Dizziness.

6 Tips on Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Surviving breast cancer starts with spotting it early by  keeping a close eye out for a new breast lump, pain or swelling in the breast (especially in the nipple) or nipple discharge other than milk. 

From a presentation by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Nagging knee or hip pain can be mentally aggravating while keeping you from enjoying life.  McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Eric Heimberger, M.D. provides a list of more than a half dozen more conservative, non-surgical options that might help you avoid surgery:

Mid-Urethral Sling: Hallmark Surgical Solution for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

From a presentation by Dr. Brad Campbell McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Surgery Improve Your Body Image and Self-Esteem

Medically reviewed by Donald Heffel, MD McLeod Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Common Menopause Problems and Their Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

From an Interview with Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

When a woman undergoes her "change of life," she can look forward to positive differences, such as no longer worrying about monthly periods. Unfortunately, many women will suffer one or more common menopause problems. McLeod OB/GYN Marla Hardenbergh, MD, explains some of the problems and offers ideas on treatment:

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

Medically reviewed by Brian Wall, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates


10 Tips on Handling Fall Recreation Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Adam Ploeg, MS, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine 

The most dangerous student sport in the autumn is…(would you believe) cheerleading, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research. While that may surprise you, the fact that football and soccer are also near the top of the list is not surprising.

From an interview with Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon 

Stress incontinence ranks as the most common form of urinary leakage among women — about one in four women experience the problem in their lifetime. McLeod OB/GYN Marla Hardenbergh, MD, describes the cause and some treatments for this common problem.

Medically reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO McLeod Hospital Neurologist

Most people know about a “classic stroke,” one that causes paralysis or speech difficulties. Then, there are the so-called “mini-strokes,” or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which may also be warning of a classic stroke.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group


From an interview with Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

It’s a case of good news, bad news, good news. We are all living longer. That’s good. But because we get to grow older, more of us are experiencing cancer. That’s bad. However, the latest good news is improvements in cancer treatment are continually being unveiled.

The Orthopedic Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics


Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics


From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Cool News on Menopause-Related Hot Flashes

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Women of menopausal age often view hot flashes (also known as night sweats) as one of the most troublesome symptoms they gain as their menstrual periods stop. Many supposed treatments for hot flashes range from the scientific to old wives’ tales. Research has finally confirmed what experts say works (or doesn’t work) to control these menopause symptoms.

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Fashion knows no pain,” a line probably coined by a fashion designer.

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