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Pacemakers: More Uses, Rare Problem

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Pacemakers are one of the most common devices that are implanted in a person’s body to improve their quality of life. Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD is a cardiologist whose specialty includes implanting and – when needed – removing or replacing pacemakers.

Genetic Triggers for Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD Oncologist-Hematologist

About one out of every 10 women carries the gene that can make them susceptible for breast cancer. McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy explains the three types of breast cancer, how to find out if you carry this gene and what to do should you have it.

Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms, Treatments

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Like any highly complex device powered by electricity, the body’s heart can misfire causing arrhythmias or erratic heartbeats. The most common of these cardiac electrical problems is atrial fibrillation, according to McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD:

Risks of Delaying Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD

As you talk with your Orthopaedic Surgeon about a knee or hip joint replacement, here are two facts to keep in mind:

Nocturia, Nighttime Urge to Urinate

Posted on in Women's Health

Medical reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Need to get up once a night to go to the bathroom? Don’t worry. That’s normal.

Stress Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

As a women experiencing bladder leakage, the first thing you should know is: You are not alone.

Electrophysiology: Controlling Erratic Hearts

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

"A heart attack isn’t the only cardiac problem that can affect your life. When the electric signals that control your heart muscle get out of control, you will likely be treated by a cardiologist called an Electrophysiologist," McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD explains.

Before/After Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview with Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For many patients, the actual surgery involved with Knee or Hip Joint replacement is the easiest part. After all, you’re asleep. Your Orthopedic Surgeon and his team are doing the work.

TJR: What does it all mean?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by: David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“It is important that hip and knee replacement patients are informed of what is going to happen as they prepare for and recover from total joint replacement surgery,” says McLeod Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. David Woodbury. "Preparing for surgery can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important for patients to ask questions especially if they are unsure or do not understand what their doctor said."

Is Total Joint Replacement Worth It?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics 

There’s no doubt about it. The number of hip joint and knee replacements is growing. Most total joint replacements are performed on patients over the age of 65, but in the 10 years before 2009, the number of knee and hip replacements tripled for those aged 40 - 50.

Heart Disease: #1 Killer of Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Nicolette Naso, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer of BOTH men and women in this country. Yet, when heart disease is discussed, we tend to think of it affecting primarily men.

9 Tips for Exercising with Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Chris McCauley, MD

According to a survey of more than 300 women, 47% noted some degree of incontinence while exercising. In female athletes, especially runners, the physical activity seems to actually trigger incontinence. Even for the recreational exerciser, embarrassing episodes in public situations can traumatize a woman struggling with stress incontinence. And your gym or fitness center is a very public place. “It’s important to keep exercising for your overall health, even with incontinence,” says McLeod Gynecologist Chris McCauley, MD. “Certain types of exercises should be avoided, but you can take some simple steps to can continue a healthy lifestyle.”

Interventional cardiologists and Stents

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

When an “Interventional” cardiologist intervenes – it’s in a good way: finding where an arterial blockage is and, if needed, opening that blockage with a stent.

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

Nancy was disappointed when her Gynecologist explained that there was no magic bullet for her urge incontinence and that feeling at the most awkward times that she had to go to the bathroom. “Unlike stress incontinence, which has a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments, in urge incontinence, surgical options are reserved for only the most severe cases,” says McLeod Gynecologist Merritt King, III, MD. “Yet, a better knowledge of what can trigger or worsen urge incontinence will help avoid those embarrassing public situations.”

Not always an Elephant: Heart Attack Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Interventional Cardiologist

When a heart attack hits, you may not realize it if you’re waiting for that feeling of an elephant sitting on your chest. McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Anil Om, MD, says many patients -- especially women and the elderly – often have symptoms that are not typical.

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. However, incontinence during menopause is not inevitable. It can be cured with physical therapy, biofeedback, medication and surgery. “Menopause is a time of many hormonal and physical changes for a woman,” says McLeod Gynecologist Joycelyn Schindler, MD. “Some of these transitions – a weakening of pelvic muscles, a less elastic bladder and weight gain exerting pressure on the bladder – contribute to incontinence. And every woman’s response to menopause is unique. Yet, there are measures you can take to increase your chances of maintaining continence.”

Treating Breast Cancer – Before & After Surgery

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

It’s not a great statistic: 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime. However, here is a better statistic: for women with Stage I breast cancer, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 95%. For Stage II, it’s 93%. Even for Stage III, it’s still 72%. This focus on survival is, in large part, due to refinements and developments in breast cancer treatment. Most women with a breast tumor will have breast cancer surgery. But, there are many other elements to their treatment.

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

A generation ago, when your cardiologist suggested a “pacemaker,” they were suggesting a device whose primary, if not sole, purpose was to correct a slow heart rate. Today’s pacemaker is as much like THAT pacemaker as today’s newest cell phone is like a 1999 cell phone that ONLY made phone calls. Today’s pacemaker – like today’s cell phone – can accomplish many tasks in a small package. It can speed up slow hearts, slow down fast hearts and trigger irregular heart beats to stay in rhythm.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby. On the other hand, the hormonal changes and stretching of a woman’s body bring the prospect of post-pregnancy stress incontinenceOne study indicated that about 25% of first-time mothers experience urinary incontinence and about 50% experience some pelvic prolapse.

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD

Hip Joint Replacements are one of the most successful procedures available today. Hundreds of thousands Americans will have a hip replacement just this year. The most common reasons you might need a hip replacement are arthritis (either Osteoarthritis from “wear and tear” or chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis) or an injury to the hip that triggers arthritis or causes bone damage. “We encourage patients to try medications, injections or physical therapy before moving to surgery,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Eric Heimberger, MD. “People from age 50 can benefit from the total joint replacement if their hip pain limits everyday activities (as simple as walking), if pain continues after resting or at night, and if the non-surgical efforts don’t bring relief.”

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