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  • Womens Health

    Heart Disease Can Be Triggered by Untreated Sleep Apnea

    MARWAN K. ELYA, MD
    McLeod Critical Care Specialists
    26 APRIL 2018

    One in five adults suffers from some form of sleep apnea, a condition in which an individual repeatedly stops breathing throughout the night. In a report by Harvard Medical School, researchers estimate that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.

  • Orthopedics

    Preventing Falls and Fractures

    Thomas DiStefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    25 APRIL 2018

    Everybody falls. Every year one in three older Americans fall. For people aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of fractures and fatal injuries. More than 90% of hip fractures are caused by a fall, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey and women account for 75% of all hip fractures.

  • Cancer

    Using Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Prostate Cancer

    ROBERT W. SANTA-CRUZ, MD
    McLeod Urology Associates
    23 APRIL 2018

    For a man, prostate surgery for cancer is one of the most sensitive procedures he can face for a number of reasons.  McLeod Urologist Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, explains how robotic-assisted help surgery can improve the outcome and reduce much of the anxiety:

  • Cancer

    Dense Breast Tissue, Cancer — and Does It Matter to Me?

    WESLEY SHAWN CONWELL, MD
    Carolina Radiology Associates
    20 APRIL 2018

    Mammograms are the standard diagnostic tool for spotting breast cancer. On the mammogram, normal breast tissue appears as black while most forms of breast cancer show up as white.

  • Orthopedics

    How Does Obesity Affect Joint Replacement?

    BARRY CLARK, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    19 APRIL 2018

    A 2016 study suggests that a person who is morbidly obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40 would benefit from weight loss, and should start losing weight as much as two years before their knee or hip joint replacement.

  • Womens Health

    Cool News on Menopause-Related Hot Flashes

    GARY H. EMERSON, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Associates
    18 APRIL 2018

    Women of menopausal age often view hot flashes (also known as night sweats) as one of the most troublesome symptoms they gain as their menstrual periods stop. Many supposed treatments for hot flashes range from the scientific to old wives’ tales. Research has finally confirmed what experts say works (or doesn’t work) to control these menopause symptoms.

  • General Health

    Robotically Assisted Hernia Repair – Less Pain, Faster Recovery

    NICHOLAS R. WHITE, MD
    Pee Dee Surgical Group
    17 APRIL 2018

    These symptoms of a hernia can lead to surgery for repairing the abdominal defect. Now, with robotic assistance, McLeod Surgeon Nicholas White, MD, can get you back on your feet faster than with other surgical techniques.

  • Heart Health

    Heart Valve Surgery, Recovery – An Overview

    SCOT C. SCHULTZ, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    16 APRIL 2018

    Think you might be facing heart valve surgery – or know someone who is?  Learn what to expect in this overview.

  • Cancer

    Treating Prostate Cancer: Watchful Waiting to Radiation Therapy

    VIRGINIA L. CLYBURN-IPOCK, MD
    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    12 APRIL 2018

    A man facing prostate cancer also faces one of the widest range of treatments for any cancer. “Watchful Waiting” is unique to cancer of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland that sits in a man’s pelvic area.

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