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  • Orthopedics

    The Dangers and Treatments of Osteoporosis

    20 SEPTEMBER 2019

    In the 20 years that I’ve been doing orthopedics, I’ve had the opportunity to see thousands of fractures. One of the things that I have not seen consistently is adequate attention toward fracture prevention by focusing on osteoporosis.

  • Cancer

    Targeted Treatment to Take Out Cancer

    James C. H. Smith, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    20 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Surgery, radiation and conventional chemotherapy stand as the hallmarks of current cancer treatment. Now the term “targeted therapy” frequently enters the conversation.

  • Womens Health

    Pelvic Pain: What If It Hurts “Down There?”

    Monica Ploetzke, MD
    McLeod Women’s Care Clarendon
    18 SEPTEMBER 2019

    It might start as a dull pain during your period. Might be so severe it affects your life. Might be steady. Might come and go. For some women, this problem in your pelvic region will get worse if you don’t do something about it.

  • Orthopedics

    Is Surgery Necessary? Non-Surgical Options for Hip Pain.

    David M. Woodbury, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    17 SEPTEMBER 2019

    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 Dr. David Woodbury discusses options to help with pain and mobility.

  • Heart Health

    Atherosclerosis: Clogged Arteries, the Path to Heart Attack

    Vaishali M. Swami, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    16 SEPTEMBER 2019

    When your arteries start to clog with fatty plaque – a condition called atherosclerosis — you are on the road to a heart attack. McLeod Cardiologist Dr. Vaishali Swami points out the symptoms to spot so you can seek treatment and avoid a heart attack.

  • Cancer

    Easing the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation Treatment

    Larry D. Grubb, MD
    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    12 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Advances in highly targeted radiation treatment give men greater hope for survival from prostate cancer than ever before. Yet, because the prostate is right next to the rectum radiation can affect the bowel, urinary and sexual function. But, a new development is changing all that.

  • Heart Health

    Vascular Rehabilitation: Helping Arterial Blockages in Your Legs

    Carmen M. Piccolo, DO
    McLeod Vascular Associates Florence
    11 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Peripheral Arterial Disease – blockages in your legs – presents a potentially serious health threat. McLeod Vascular Specialist Dr. Carmen Piccolo, III outlines a special rehabilitation program for PAD patients.

  • Womens Health

    Don’t Wait to Report Pelvic Pain to Your Doctor

    Monica Ploetzke, MD
    McLeod Women’s Care Clarendon
    10 SEPTEMBER 2019

    As many as one out of five women of reproductive age experience pelvic pain, ranging from mild, occasional aches to longer-term, severe discomfort.

  • Heart Health

    TCAR: Short Name for a Large Improvement in Carotid Artery Repair

    Christopher G. Cunningham, MD
    McLeod Vascular Associates – Little River
    06 SEPTEMBER 2019

    When trying to open the clogged carotid arteries in the neck, traditionally there was a danger of debris breaking off and going to the brain, because that’s the direction arterial blood is flowing. But now there’s a big changes in that direction – literally.