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From a presentation by Rajesh Malik McLeod Cardiology Associates

Heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. Blood pressure drops. Blood flow to the brain and organs screeches to a halt. Breathing ceases. The person loses consciousness. Without quick intervention, this “arrest” can quickly lead to “death.”

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics


Hysterectomy: Why, When and Then What?

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically Reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

By age 65, more than a third of US women have had a hysterectomy.
Women living in the US South or Midwest are more likely to have a hysterectomy.

Preventing Colon Cancer, the Silent Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men, after prostate and lung cancer and second most common in women, after breast cancer.

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Vascular surgeons have added a new tool to their options of opening blocked arteries in the arms or legs. McLeod Vascular Specialist Christopher Cunningham, MD says a major benefit of the Drug Eluting Balloon is its ability to keep the blood vessels open:

After Joint Replacement, When Will My Pain End?

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For most recipients of a knee or hip joint replacement, the elimination of chronic pain or discomfort is a major benefit. There is some pain after the procedure and McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD explains the kinds of pain you might have after surgery and when it will go away:

Ovarian Cyst

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Angela Lynn Clary, MD McLeod Women's Care

During a woman’s monthly cycle, her ovaries form follicles that will grow eggs. When the follicle releases its egg, the sac normally shrinks and disappears.

Surviving Cancer: The New Normal

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Ashley Atkinson McLeod Senior Occupational Therapist

With New Treatments, Cancer Patients are Surviving Longer.


Posted on in Women's Health

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

Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs, are unfortunately a common part of almost every woman’s life. They can range from uncomfortable to debilitating.

Young Woman, Are You Heading for a Heart Attack?

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology



Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

Melanie sat at her kitchen table, sipping her coffee, enjoying the birds in the garden.  She smiled, recalling the positive prognosis she received after finishing chemotherapy for her breast cancer. “I’m going to phone Mom and tell her,” Melanie thought.  Then, she couldn’t remember a phone number she had called thousands of time.  “Oh well,” she thought, “I’ll make some lunch.” Yet, struggle as she might, Melanie couldn’t remember the ingredients for her favorite recipe.

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Experience has proven the success of total joint replacement for treating knee and hip pain. Yet, there’s a long list of non-surgical treatment options available, which should be considered prior to surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD discusses options to help with pain and mobility:


Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Prabal Guha, MD McLeod Cardiology

The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or ICD can bring extra years of life to certain heart patients by essentially shocking their heart back into action if they stop.

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Most of us try to avoid seeing the doctor as long as possible when it comes to aches and pains. But there does come a point when you should see the doctor. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD describes what happens when you see a specialist for hip pain.

When Your Pap Test’s Abnormal

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

One element of a woman’s regular physical exam is often the Pap test, a proven method of spotting precancerous cells in your cervix (the lower part of your uterus that opens into the vagina). Yet, you may have numerous questions concerning the Pap test, which we’ll try to answer here.

Stages of Cancer: What you need to know

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. Rajesh Bajaj McLeod Oncology & Hematology Assoc.

After the doctor says “cancer,” a patient’s mind is flooded with a thousand questions. For most patients – “How bad is it?” – is the most urgent question.

Medically reviewed by Evans Holland, MD McLeod Cardiology

At some point, nearly 60% of children have a heart murmur. Parents should not panic, because nearly all of these are technically described as “innocent,” meaning harmless. Unless there is a rare congenital heart defect, most children will eventually outgrow the murmur.

Obesity & Knee Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Here’s a quick multiple-choice quiz. Given the topic of the article, we’re expecting a perfect score.

Question: Which of the following is the greatest cause of the extraordinary increase in hip and knee replacement surgeries:

Pregnancy and Fibroids or Endometriosis

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by J. Michael Davidson, MD McLeod Women’s Care

The waiting room air crackled with anxiety. Beth paged through an old Red Book magazine not really paying attention to the articles. Across the room, Rhonda checked her watch to see how long she’d been waiting. Both had the same thought: “Will I be able to get pregnant?”

Bumps in the Road: Cancer Treatment Side Effects.

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by James Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The punch in your belly from a cancer diagnosis is followed by a tidal wave of emotions and questions. How to tell your family, your friends, your boss? Then, come decisions on treatment options. It’s not an easy road to travel. Understanding what to expect can help with your decisions and your journey.

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