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Do You Need a DXA bone screening.

Posted on in Women's Health

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

The dangers of osteoporosis and fractures – especially of the hip – grow as a woman ages. Yet, many women, who should be screened, are not taking advantage of this simple, painless test.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD

As part of an annual survey by the American Heart Association, people were asked if they knew what is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) was.

Special Training to Avoid ACL Injury

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

Milkshakes, Pudding & Peanut Butter: Cancer & Nutrition

Posted on in Cancer

Reviewed by Kitty Finklea Registered Dietician

“If there can be any good news about Cancer Treatment, this is it: You may be encouraged to add foods to your diet that most of us are cautioned to avoid,” says McLeod Registered Dietitian Kitty Finklea. “Cancer can change the way your body uses food. And loss of appetite is a common side effect of chemo and radiation therapy.”

Stroke Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview on Good Morning Pee Dee with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

We live in the “stroke belt” of the United States – a region that runs from Texas to South Carolina. This designation isn’t something for which we seek recognition, since it points to the prevalence of risk factors for strokes in our communities.

Talk to your OB/GYN about Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Assoc.

Embarrassment for personal incontinence is understandable and can cause you to put off seeing a doctor. First, remember – you are not alone. One source says women wait an average of more than 6 years before finally seeking help for their incontinence. On the average only 10% of women who experience urinary incontinence will seek professional medical help.

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Assoc.

Much like winners in the TV game show “Jeopardy,” a cancer patient’s chances for success are greatly increased by putting their concerns in the form of a question.

Young & Old: Delaying Knee Replacements

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Of all the people I see for knee problems, probably only 1 in 10 needs a total joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton, MD. “The other 9 can be treated with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedurel or some advice and recommendations on how to treat their knee arthritis.”

Pelvic Pain and Your Physician Visit

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

You experience pain in the area south of your belly button. In general, physicians describe it as “pelvic pain.” The causes could be anything from indigestion to endometriosis.

Women’s Heart Risks

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Brian P. Wall, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Some heart risk factors we cannot control – but some of the most important ones we can reduce. McLeod Cardiologist Brian P. Wall, MD explains what women can control and how this regional compares to the state and nation:

Screening Tests to help you Stay Healthy

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Millions of women are alive today because their physician spotted a potential health issue early and successfully treated it. Millions of women are alive today because THEY decided to see their physician regularly for recommended screenings.

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Now What?

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Hearing the words “You have breast cancer” (or any kind of cancer) can be emotionally destructive. You hear the words but your mind is overcome by a tidal wave of questions and feelings. Denial. Helplessness. What if’s? What now’s? Even “take charge” people can be thrown into shock and depression – their thoughts and lives brought to a screeching halt.

Knee Joint Replacement: When Is It Time?

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

Will I need a joint replacement? And, if so, when will it be time?

Door-to-Balloon Time

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Medical personnel call it “door-to-balloon” time. For the rest of us, it means how quickly can a heart attack patient make it from the door of the Emergency Department until a Cardiologist uses an angioplasty balloon to open a blocked artery. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD explains that time is critical to a patient’s recovery:

Cancer Treatment Options

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Hematology & Oncology Assoc.

“Cancer is not one disease,” says McLeod Cancer Committee Chair Dr. Rajesh Bajaj. “It fact, it’ a group of perhaps thousands of different diseases, which have some common characteristics. For this reason, cancer treatments are very complex and increasingly personalized.”

Urge Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

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

“’Pelvic Health’ is a new phrase used among professionals in women’s health,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. Charles Tatum. “We know what it means, but to the layperson, the descriptor can be confusing or even misleading. To clarify, pelvic health refers to five areas of concern that affect more than 1 in 3 women.”

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Knee replacement is the end-all of a natural disease process,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton. “Obviously, we want to maximize any conservative treatment before we take people to surgery.”


From an interview with Fred Krainin, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

American cardiologists are turning to an alternate technique to diagnose heart artery blockages that has a number of benefits for the patient. McLeod Cardiologist Fred Krainin, MD, explains sending a catheter through the wrist, rather than through the leg.

Pelvic Prolapse Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by John Browning, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

“Pelvic relaxation may sound like something pleasant but that is definitely not the case,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. John Browning. “The phrase is another way of describing pelvic organ prolapse – or the failure of a woman’s body to support the uterus. At its worst, the condition can result in a woman’s uterus, bladder, small bowel, and even the rectum protruding from her vagina and cervix. Thank goodness there are a number of ways to solve this problem.”

Spotting Breast Cancer with Mammograms

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Medical Dir., McLeod Breast Imaging

 “When it comes to discovering breast cancer, a woman can do a self-exam, looking for lumps or changes in the size or shape of the breast,” says Radiologist Dr. Noel Phipps, Medical Director of McLeod Breast Imaging. “Also, a physician or nurse can perform a clinical breast exam, feeling for lumps or other changes. Or the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer is the mammogram. But the questions many women face are 1) when should I start getting mammograms and 2) how often should I get a mammogram?”

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