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  • Heart Health

    Wait! Before You Take Pain Killers, Know the Heart Risks!

    Nathan J.s. Almeida, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Loris
    26 APRIL 2017

    “Ouch?! That muscle hurts!  Wow, my joints ache!”
    It’s nearly a reflex reaction for many of us to automatically reach for some ibuprofen or similar medication when aches and pains arise.  As we grow older, daily doses tend to become a fact of life.  But we need to be careful.

  • Orthopedics

    Advances in Joint Replacement Help Them Last Longer, Work Better

    Lawrence L. Conley, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics Clarendon
    25 APRIL 2017

    Hip and knee joint replacements aren’t just for your parents or grandparents anymore. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Lawrence Conley says that better materials and people’s desire to stay active have converged:

  • Womens Health

    Don’t Wait to Report Pelvic Pain to Your Doctor

    L. Sutton Boyd, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw
    21 APRIL 2017

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

  • Uncategorized

    Tips on Exercising After Total Joint Replacement

    Nigel A. R. Watt, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    20 APRIL 2017

    “We may recommend or refer you for physical therapy following surgery,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Nigel Watt, MD. “Follow their advice, perform the exercises correctly and you may be able to say, as one recipient noted, ‘The only sign that my hip was replaced is the alarm that goes off at airport security.’”

  • Cancer

    5 Lung Cancer Myths You Need to Know NOW

    Vinod K. Jona, MD
    McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates
    18 APRIL 2017

    “Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide,” says McLeod Pulmonologist Vinod Jona, MD. “It is also the second most common type of cancer disease (next to breast cancer) that we see in this region of South Carolina.”

  • Heart Health

    Pericarditis: A Treatable Inflammation of the Heart Lining

    William A. Jackson, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    17 APRIL 2017

    Pericarditis is an inflammation of the heart lining. The heart is surrounded by a sack called the pericardium. It’s a thin layer of fluid that separates the sack from the actual heart muscle. You can have an inflammatory process that creates chest pain and feels like the crushing chest pain from a heart blockage.

  • Womens Health

    Breast Cancer and The Surgeon’s Key Role

    Amanda Turbeville, MD
    McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery – Little River
    14 APRIL 2017

    When the diagnosis confirms cancer, a team of people goes to work for you …and with you. McLeod Breast Surgeon Amanda Turbeville, MD, explains the process – starting with your mammogram.

  • Heart Health

    Cardiomyopathy: A Weak Heart Muscle May Need a Pacemaker

    William A. Jackson, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Myrtle Beach
    13 APRIL 2017

    Blood system blockages can overwork the heart, leaving it weakened. McLeod Cardiologist William Jackson, MD, explains how that can lead to cardiomyopathy and what treatments are available.

  • Orthopedics

    Don’t Give Yourself a Break of the Wrist’s Scaphoid Bone

    Christopher S. Litts, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    12 APRIL 2017

    “The scaphoid bone is one of eight small bones that make up the carpal bones of the wrist,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Christopher Litts, MD. “It’s on the thumb side of the wrist and helps with motions and stability in the wrist joint. It’s also a very common injury when a person tries to protect himself with an outstretched hand when falling forward.