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From an article by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

In the last decade, multiple advancements are increasing long-term survival for women with breast cancer. These advancements have included improvements in imaging technology, enhanced surgical techniques and new discoveries in oncology.

How Does Obesity Affect Joint Replacement?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

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.


Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen DO May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing on average 1 American every 4 minutes.There are a number of risks that can lead to a stroke. Among those risks are smoking, migraines, high blood pressure, and oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy. Another key risk factor is an irregular heartbeat called Atrial Fibrillation. In addition to heart palpitations, and dizziness, Afib can open the door to a crippling or fatal stroke.  McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen describes the problem.

Fibroids: Greater in African-American. Why?

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by David Bersinger, MD McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw

Fibroids – non-cancerous growths in the uterus – are the most common pelvic tumor in women. Fibroids are also a major reason that women decide to undergo hysterectomies or myomectomies.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Pat Denton Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Ever try to hold up 150 or so pounds and keep it stable ALL DAY?


From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Today’s radiation therapy for cancer uses computerized, multiple streams of highly focused beams to improve survival, reduce side effects and reduce the number of treatments needed.

From Live-95/Ken Ard with Scot C. Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Coronary artery bypass surgery is the most common major surgical operation in this country,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Scot C. Schultz, MD. “It is very, very effective in treating patients who have heart disease with fatty plaque clogging their arteries – or what some people call ‘hardening of the arteries.’”

The Impact of Endometriosis on Fertility

Posted on in Women's Health

From a presentation by Charles Tatum, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Endometriosis and its treatments can hurt a woman’s chances of getting pregnant, but McLeod Gynecologist Charles Tatum, M.D., says that is not always the case.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total Joint Replacement for Knees and Hips can reduce pain, increase mobility and enhance overall quality of life.

Medically reviewed by T. Rhett Spencer, MD McLeod Health Radiation Oncology

For a man, the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer can be devastating. The concern is not so much for his ultimate survival (five-year survival rates are almost 100%; and at 10 years, almost 99%.). It’s the specter of potential treatment side effects that strike directly at his “manhood” -- possible incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Medically reviewed by Douglas Moeckel, MD McLeod Neonatologist

News surrounding infant deaths in South Carolina is both good and bad. The infant mortality rate in South Carolina saw a slight increase early in this century. However, it was a “substantial increase” in sleep-related deaths that pushed the rate up.

From Live-95/Ken Ard with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

“Heart disease is part of growing older,” according to McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Michael Carmichael, MD. “Many of us ignore the signs, because we don’t want to face growing older.”

Lifetime Risk of Surgery

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically Reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD

A Higher Risk is Actually Good News for Women

How Old is Too Old for a Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

In the past, surgery to replace troublesome knee and hip joints was reserved for folks over 60. Yet, the desire by today’s mature adults to be more active and not surrender to aging has driven up total joint replacements among the 45-60 age group.

Anti-Cancer Foods

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rommel Lu, MD

At some point you have probably read a reference to “super foods” that can be eaten to help prevent cancer. However, most nutrition and cancer experts will tell you that no single food will prevent cancer.

Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease

Posted on in Heart Health

From an Interview with Eva Rzucidlo, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Although there are surgical treatments for this disease of blocked arteries in your lower limbs, the most important risk factors involve you – and how you live. McLeod Vascular Specialist Eva Rzucidlo, MD explains the many things that you and a physician can do to improve your quality of life from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD):

Medically reviewed by Dr. Brad Campbell, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

What's normal and what's not normal when considering a woman's monthly menstrual bleeding? Here are some guidelines to determine if you have "dysfunctional uterine bleeding":

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Gardening for Beginners & Others To Avoid Injury

Leukemia: When Cancer is in Your Blood

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael D. Pavy, MD

“Where’s coach?” several players asked. His absence from the regular Monday meeting struck the attendees as more than unusual. It was extraordinary for their NFL head coach to miss this critical weekly team meeting.


From an Interview with Eva Rzucidlo, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

It’s not just men who suffer from this vascular disease. Women can have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) as well but their awareness is very low. McLeod Vascular Specialist Eva Rzucidlo, MD explains this painful disease and its myths:

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