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  • Womens Health

    Do’s and Don’ts for Pregnant Women

    Julie A. Mullins, DO
    McLeod Women’s Care Clarendon
    23 MARCH 2017

    There are many important things a pregnant woman should do for her pregnancy. One of the most important actions is take her prenatal vitamin. These vitamins include folic acid that helps prevent neural tube defects. Also important: staying healthy, eating a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, drinking plenty of water, getting rest and decreasing stress. All of these lifestyle choices are very important for a pregnant woman to do as well as getting her regular prenatal care.

  • Heart Health

    Calcium Artery Screening for Earlier Heart Help

    Alan M. Blaker, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    22 MARCH 2017

    Despite all the advances in cardiac treatment, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in our country – and the world. Using the result of a chest CT scan, physicians can now measure the amount of calcification in the arteries, offering an early warning to many people who don’t yet have symptoms of heart disease.

  • Orthopedics

    Joint Replacement, Osteoarthritis and Your Family

    Michael J. Sutton, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
    21 MARCH 2017

    “Studies have shown a hereditary linkage among people who suffer the pain of osteoarthritis (caused by wear and tear among people 45 and above) and the ultimate need for a total joint replacement,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, MD. “Although there is some genetic component, it’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll need a joint replacement if your parents or siblings had one.”

  • Cancer

    Preventing Colon Cancer

    Timothy J. Spurling, MD
    Florence Gastroenterology Associates
    20 MARCH 2017

    Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. However, it is also one cancer that can be prevented with regular screening through colonoscopy.

  • Womens Health

    If You’re Pregnant, Eat Fish But NOT All, Says the FDA and EPA

    L. Sutton Boyd, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw
    17 MARCH 2017

    “In January 2017, the Food & Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency updated guidance they earlier issued on fish consumption for three groups of women,” says McLeod OB/GYN Sutton Boyd, MD. “The new guidelines are more specific and apply to women, who are pregnant, breast-feeding or of childbearing age (16 to 49).”

  • Orthopedics

    Do You Need An Athletic Trainer?

    16 MARCH 2017


    McLeod Athletic Trainer Jake Webster has experienced everything from helping with an ankle sprain to an emotional “thank you” when an injured athlete returns to his sport. “My goal is to constantly change an athlete’s or patient’s life for the better,” says Webster. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have never had to save an athlete’s life, but I do know that I have changed lives and, possibly, preserved their longevity.”


  • Cancer

    Colonoscopy: Two Days That Can Save Your Life

    Deepak Chowdhary, MD
    McLeod Gastroenterology Associates
    14 MARCH 2017

    Colonoscopy is a unique cancer screening procedure. First, it can find polyps and prevent them from growing into cancer. Second, it only takes two days of your life. The advantages far offset the disadvantages, says McLeod Gastroenterologist Deepak Chowdhary, MD.

  • Heart Health

    When Your Child Has a Heart Murmur

    Charles A. Trant, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Subspecialists – Cardiology
    13 MARCH 2017

    Sooner or later almost every parent hears the phrase “heart murmur” – if not from a physician, then from a neighbor, relative or member of the PTA. McLeod Pediatric Cardiologist Charles Trant, Jr., M.D., sorts out the questions and, hopefully, reduce anxiety surrounding  “heart murmurs:”

  • Womens Health

    When Stress Incontinence Hits, Physical Therapy Could be Your Answer

    10 MARCH 2017

    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”.