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Women, Stroke Risks and Pregnancy

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO

New guidelines on managing stroke risk in pregnant women have sparked a minor controversy between the American Heart Association and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  One very positive outcome of this skirmish is greater awareness among women about their unique risks and symptoms for stroke.


From a presentation by Charles Tatum, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

What is this painful pelvic problem? What are the risk factors? How does the doctor diagnosis it? And when is it time for you to go to your doctor? McLeod Gynecologist Dr. Charles Tatum touches on all these topics. 

What Happens After A Heart Attack

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD

What You Want to Know. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you or a relative recently had a heart attack. We are going to discuss what to expect after that rush to the hospital, treatment and stabilization.

Elbow Pain: Reaching for Solutions

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

“No matter what, I’m going to finish this (golf, tennis, gardening, carpentry, painting, insert your activity). An attitude like that can lead to success. However, it can also lead to a painful elbow due to Tendonitis or Bursitis. FIRST, SOME BACKGROUND. Three long bones meet in the elbow, forming a hinge joint supported by muscles. Your elbow joint and muscles are critical to reaching, lifting and rotating.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Anil Om

One half of African-American women will die of heart disease or stroke.

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

When a woman’s pelvic region loses muscle tightness and the uterus slips, this is a condition called prolapse. Pain during sexual intercourse, loss sensation in the vagina/cervix or difficulty achieving orgasm are common symptoms for women with prolapse. So, it’s natural that women want to know, “Will I be able to have a normal sex life after treatment?”

Brain Tumors. What You Need to Know.

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. William Naso

Let’s start with 3 pieces of good news:

Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Repetitive, one-sided twisting of the spine. Bending over, repetitively to pick up weights from 10 to 40 pounds. Chronic wear and tear on shoulder and elbow joints. Muscle and tendon tears that create scar tissue. Golf can be fun.  Yet, half of all amateur golfers report some type of orthopedically related injury. (That’s a lot, even when we subtract the 10% who were hit by a club or ball.) For the most part, golf injuries do not vary considerably based on the amateur golfer’s age or handicap.

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Malik, MD

Flutter.  Fibrillation. Tachycardia.

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

In the 5th Century BC, physicians in the age of Hippocrates were treating urinary incontinence by inserting pomegranate fruits in the vaginas of female patients. Today’s pessary – a silicone or plastic support – is one of the most widely used options for women suffering from Stress Incontinence or Pelvic Organ ProlapseIn much the same way that an underwire bra can help support breasts, the pessary supports the bladder when inserted in the vagina, helping stop urine leakage. 

Medically Reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

Millions of people are enjoying the quality of life and end of pain that a total knee or hip joint replacement delivers. Many of those people will also experience the need for a second replacement – also called a “revision” – of their artificial joint. 

Medically reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD

“The heart and blood vessels comprise an extraordinarily complex system,” says McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD.  “As a result, a large team of very focused specialists stands ready to diagnosis and treat cardiovascular issues. There are so many specialties, a patient can be confused.” Here’s a quick overview of some of the specialists you may see and a description of their role:

Long-Awaited Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Released

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Gregory Jones, MD

“In many cases, the high mortality rate of lung cancer is related to a late diagnosis,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Jones. “Other cancers we hear about – colon, breast and prostate – have screening tests.  With the new guidelines, maybe we can detect lung cancer earlier.”  

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

Does your knee hurt?  It could be a bad joint that’s calling out for replacementOr it might be a stretched or sprained ligament. Before we discuss injuries and treatments, let’s take a quick course in “knee ligament basics.” (Refer to the image with this article to better understand the importance of knee ligaments.) “Ligaments help connect bones to other bones,” says Adam Ploeg, Certified Athletic Trainer with McLeod Sports Medicine.  “In the knee, there are 4 ligaments that help to stabilize the knee and connect the portion of the leg above the knee (thigh) to the leg below the knee. These ligaments can sometimes look like a bundle or intertwined rope and vary from the thickness of a pencil to a thickness of 3 fingers.”

Cardiac Stress Test. You May Need One.

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amit Pande

If you have ever run on a treadmill at your fitness center, you’ll have a good idea of your role in a cardiac stress test.

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

“Two of the primary benefits of a total knee or hip joint replacement are less pain and more life, thanks to the ability to move again,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Sutton of McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon. “As more joint replacements are being performed on young and younger patients, a key question they ask is: ‘When can I get back to work?’”Let’s layout a possible timeline for your recovery after joint replacement surgery:

Medically reviewed by Dr. Nathan Almeida

Popular Painkillers Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke...“Ouch?! That muscle hurts!  Wow, my joints ache!” It’s nearly a reflex reaction for many of us to automatically reach for some ibuprofen or similar medication when aches and pains arise.  As we grow older, daily doses tend to become a fact of life.  But we need to be careful.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

All eyes turned as Donna walked in. Her face was beautiful.  The silhouette, striking. And those high spike heels!  Whew!  Every man – and a few women – inhaled sharply, losing interest in their year-old magazines.  Donna smiled sweetly, knowing that she was causing a ruckus – and thinking to herself, If only my knees didn’t hurt so much.  Well, maybe when the nurse calls my name, the orthopedic specialist can tell me what the problem is“A number of studies have shown the increased risk from high heels of developing osteoarthritis in your knees,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Eric Heimberger. “The knee joint deteriorates, possibly leading to total joint replacement.”

Medically reviewed by Dr. Mark Fox

Congestive Heart Failure is the medical description of a heart that is slowly losing its ability to pump blood throughout the body. Thanks to medical advances more and more patients are surviving until they are in “late-stage heart failure” when they may experience pain, anxiety and have trouble breathing. Unlike cancer – where the patient seems to have a steady decline – in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) a patient’s decline may be marked by a series of incidents, where the heart staggers, then rallies.  During this decline, more than 75% of CHF patients report not only pain and difficulty in breathing, but also fatigue, depression and accumulation of liquid in the body (edema).

Medically reviewed by Dale Lusk, MD

Squeeze….and release.  Squeeze…and release. Among the effective non-surgical treatments for female urinary incontinence, the Kegel is one of the simplest. At its simplest, the Kegel involves squeezing your pelvic muscles, as if you are trying to stop the urine flow. And it’s best when performed numerous times during the day. “Yes, but how am I supposed to remember?” You might ask.  “Stick it,” says Gynecologist Dale Lusk, M.D. of Advanced Women's Care. “I tell patients to buy some of those little red, green or blue sticky dots that they can get at the office supply or discount store. Take a marker and write a big ‘K’ on each one. Then, stick it on your TV remote. Whenever you see the dot, do a few Kegels. Stick one on your car’s rear view mirror. Every time you hit a red light, do a few Kegels. Stick one inside the refrigerator. Open the door; do a Kegel or two. Stick one on a book you’re reading. When you sit down to read, do a few Kegels.” 

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