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Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Vein problems in your legs can begin relatively early in life. On the surface, they can be painful and unappealing.  Yet, according to McLeod Vascular Specialist Gabor Winkler, problems in your deeper veins are much more serious:

Treating Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Spurling, M.D.

The colon is the four to six feet of the large intestine and an important part of your digestive system. With the broad range of "bad for us" foods we impose on the colon – nachos, pizza, fries, steak, and BBQ to name just a few – it’s no surprise that colon cancer strikes 1 in 18 Americans.

Treating Your Painful Fibroids

Posted on in Women's Health

From a presentation by Brad Campbell, MD, McLeod OB/GYN Associates, Paul Chandler, MD, McLeod Women’s Care and Marla Hardenbergh, MD, McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Fibroids are growths in the uterus that can cause bleeding and painful periods. These three McLeod Gynecologists offer their thoughts on treating you for fibroids.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Rodney Alan McLeod Orthopaedics

The trend toward younger people seeking hip and knee joint replacements is pretty clear.  But who are the people seeking them and just how “young” are they? Here’s a brief look at these questions.


Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Parents are well aware of the power of ultrasound testing to see their baby developing. Vascular specialists also use ultrasound technology to see problems developing in your veins. McLeod Vascular Specialist Gabor Winkler, MD explains:

Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Spurling, M.D.

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. However, it is also one cancer that can be prevented with regular screening through colonoscopy.

Despite continuing progress in reducing infant mortality and Sudden Infant Death (SIDs) in South Carolina, sleep-related infant deaths continue to be a significant problem.

Following a 1992 recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics to place babies on their backs to sleep, deaths from SIDS began to drop. Unfortunately, the number of South Carolina infant deaths due to sleep-related suffocation or entrapment in the beds doubled in a six-year period beginning in 2004.

Safe Kids Worldwide reports that nearly 75% of suffocation infant deaths are due to choking or strangulation in bed. For children under age one, unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related deaths. Babies aged two to four months are most at risk.

Statewide efforts promoting Safe Sleep have started making inroads into sleep-related deaths.

To keep those numbers going in the right direction and your baby healthy, follow these ABC’s of safe sleep. Your baby should sleep Alone on her/his Back in a Crib.

ALONE

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Menopause is part of a woman’s natural aging process. Many women find that incontinence seems to be part of her change in life.

Need Joint Replacement? Take this Short Quiz

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the number of knee joint replacements nearly doubled. Hip joint replacements followed a similar trend. If you laid a chart of the increase in obesity in the United States during the same period over these two charts, you’d see a very similar trend.

Varicose Veins: Their Cause & Treatment

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Don’t ignore those ugly little lines on your legs. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD warns that if they’re not treated, serious wounds might result.

Treating Leukemia, Cancer of the Blood.

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The many advances in treatments for Leukemia make this one of the most survivable cancers. McLeod Oncologist Dr. James Smith explains treatments for the two most common types of Leukemia – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML).

Many Treatments for Endometriosis.

Posted on in Women's Health

From a presentation by Brad Campbell, MD, McLeod OB/GYN Associates Paul Chandler, MD, McLeod Women’s Care

Endometriosis – a condition when tissue from inside the uterus starts to grow outside – can trouble a woman as young as 16 years old. Three McLeod Gynecologists discussed the range of treatments to a group of 100 women:

Over 65? Watch Out for Hip Fractures

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Small rugs placed around the house. Uneven steps. No handrails on the stairs. Add to these ingredients a female over age 65 and you have the formula for a fractured hip.

Heart Valve Problems - Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically Reviewd by Scot C. Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Your heart has 4 valves that are essentially flaps of tissue,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Scot Schultz. “The main job of the valves is keeping the blood flowing in one direction through the heart and body. Valves are very busy body parts – opening and closing about 100,000 times a day.”

Multiple Myeloma

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. It occurs when plasma cells in a person’s bone marrow react abnormally. It can even result in DNA changes in your bone marrow. Yet, it can be treated, says McLeod Oncologist James Smith, MD.

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Total knee joint replacement is one of the most common and successful orthopedic surgeries. By replacing the 3 major areas of the knee, you can regain movement and eliminate pain.

Pessary4Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Today’s First Option for Treating Stress Incontinence & Pelvic Organ Prolapse Has a Long History

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gary Emerson, McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Leukemia: When there’s cancer in your blood.

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Most cancers originate in a specific part of the body, such as the lung, breast or brain. Leukemia is different in the sense that it is a cancer of the blood, as McLeod Oncologist James Smith, MD explains:

If You’re Having a Heart Attack.

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Nathan Almeida, MD, FACC, FACP McLeod Cardiology Associates

If you think you’re having a heart attack, STOP READING and CALL 911.

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

The description “minimally invasive” is applied to an ever-widening range of surgical procedures. Many total joint replacement surgeries are now performed with small incisions and less damage to muscles.

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