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Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

First, a few facts. Feel free to use these at your next cookout or family dinner.


Reviewed by Taylor Holmes, PT, DPT, STAR-C McLeod Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist McLeod Outpatient Rehabilitation

Taking time to work out the muscles that control your urinary tract is often a first step in treating stress incontinence. McLeod Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Taylor Holmes specializes in helping women taking control of their lives. This is what she told a gathering of more than 100 women during McLeod Women’s Health “Straight Talk”:

Atrial Fibrillation Triggers

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Malik, MD Director of Electrophysiology for McLeod

People with atrial fibrillation – the erratic beating of your heart -- have a number of very good treatments available.

Breast Reconstruction

Posted on in Cancer

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

When actress Angelina Jolie had her highly publicized mastectomy, she had breast reconstruction surgery at the same time. The decision to have breast reconstruction is becoming a more common decision among the 296,000 women annually who face breast cancer.

From an interview on Good Morning Pee Dee with Aundrea Loftley, MD McLeod Endocrinology Associates

An endocrinologist is a specialist dealing with hormone imbalances in the body – primarily thyroid issues and diabetes.

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Constant pain severe enough to limit activities of daily living are signs that your hip or knee joint may need surgical replacement,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rodney Alan. “Beyond the pain itself, a person’s age and overall health are considerations.”


(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

 Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Coffee, Your Heart & More. It’s a Good Thing.

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Dennis Lang, DO Pee Dee Cardiology

Coffee drinkers, here’s some good news, as long as we’re not talking 10 cups a day.

Keys to Cancer Survival

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Cancer is about survival. One key to your long-term survival is…YOU.

Medically reviewed by Ryan Garbalosa, DO Pee Dee Cardiology

Cardiologists have worked with many patients to control their blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Until recently, the guidelines stated that a reading of 140 was acceptable in patients over 50 and 150 was acceptable in patients over 65.


(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

With experienced, talented Orthopedic Surgeons and modern materials, a hip or knee joint replacement almost always has a successful clinical outcome. Joint Replacement complications are in the low single digits.

Radiation Therapy Overview

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. T. Rhett Spencer

Bulky machines sit in a darkened room. A bed stretches into the inside of the machine. It may buzz or hum. These machines that direct radiation into cancer are one of the most effective ways to kill, control or shrink tumors.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatments

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO McLeod Vascular Associates

PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease can cause severe, even constant pain, due to blocked arteries in the legs or arms. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Carmen Piccolo, DO says it can result in amputation – but can be treated


(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Chemotherapy Overview

Posted on in Cancer

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sreenivas Rao

Along with surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy – the use of powerful drugs to attack cancer cells – is one of the main treatments available to cancer patients.

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

If you need a hip joint replacement, you’ll have a wide choice of talented, highly trained surgeons and a variety of approaches to the surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon David Woodbury, MD describes one approach that is increasingly popular among patients:

Diagnosing Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is derived from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk.” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

Medically review by Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Signs & Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO McLeod Vascular Associates

Arteries near your heart aren’t the only ones in your body that can become clogged with plaque. Your arms and legs can also suffer from this disease, as McLeod Vascular Surgeon Carmen Piccolo, DO, explains.

Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Sitting is the new smoking” goes one slogan, urging office workers to stand, rather than sit at your desk. It must be working. One company that makes so-called “standing desks” doubled its sales in 2014 and is expected to double it again in 2015.

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