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Heart Disease: #1 Killer of Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Nicolette Naso, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

In fact, heart disease is the #1 killer of BOTH men and women in this country. Yet, when heart disease is discussed, we tend to think of it affecting primarily men.

9 Tips for Exercising with Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Chris McCauley, MD

According to a survey of more than 300 women, 47% noted some degree of incontinence while exercising. In female athletes, especially runners, the physical activity seems to actually trigger incontinence. Even for the recreational exerciser, embarrassing episodes in public situations can traumatize a woman struggling with stress incontinence. And your gym or fitness center is a very public place. “It’s important to keep exercising for your overall health, even with incontinence,” says McLeod Gynecologist Chris McCauley, MD. “Certain types of exercises should be avoided, but you can take some simple steps to can continue a healthy lifestyle.”

Interventional cardiologists and Stents

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

When an “Interventional” cardiologist intervenes – it’s in a good way: finding where an arterial blockage is and, if needed, opening that blockage with a stent.

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

Nancy was disappointed when her Gynecologist explained that there was no magic bullet for her urge incontinence and that feeling at the most awkward times that she had to go to the bathroom. “Unlike stress incontinence, which has a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments, in urge incontinence, surgical options are reserved for only the most severe cases,” says McLeod Gynecologist Merritt King, III, MD. “Yet, a better knowledge of what can trigger or worsen urge incontinence will help avoid those embarrassing public situations.”

Not always an Elephant: Heart Attack Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Anil Om, MD Interventional Cardiologist

When a heart attack hits, you may not realize it if you’re waiting for that feeling of an elephant sitting on your chest. McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Anil Om, MD, says many patients -- especially women and the elderly – often have symptoms that are not typical.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Menopause is part of a woman’s natural aging process. Many women find that incontinence seems to be part of her change in life. However, incontinence during menopause is not inevitable. It can be cured with physical therapy, biofeedback, medication and surgery. “Menopause is a time of many hormonal and physical changes for a woman,” says McLeod Gynecologist Joycelyn Schindler, MD. “Some of these transitions – a weakening of pelvic muscles, a less elastic bladder and weight gain exerting pressure on the bladder – contribute to incontinence. And every woman’s response to menopause is unique. Yet, there are measures you can take to increase your chances of maintaining continence.”

Treating Breast Cancer – Before & After Surgery

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

It’s not a great statistic: 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime. However, here is a better statistic: for women with Stage I breast cancer, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 95%. For Stage II, it’s 93%. Even for Stage III, it’s still 72%. This focus on survival is, in large part, due to refinements and developments in breast cancer treatment. Most women with a breast tumor will have breast cancer surgery. But, there are many other elements to their treatment.

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

A generation ago, when your cardiologist suggested a “pacemaker,” they were suggesting a device whose primary, if not sole, purpose was to correct a slow heart rate. Today’s pacemaker is as much like THAT pacemaker as today’s newest cell phone is like a 1999 cell phone that ONLY made phone calls. Today’s pacemaker – like today’s cell phone – can accomplish many tasks in a small package. It can speed up slow hearts, slow down fast hearts and trigger irregular heart beats to stay in rhythm.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby. On the other hand, the hormonal changes and stretching of a woman’s body bring the prospect of post-pregnancy stress incontinenceOne study indicated that about 25% of first-time mothers experience urinary incontinence and about 50% experience some pelvic prolapse.

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD

Hip Joint Replacements are one of the most successful procedures available today. Hundreds of thousands Americans will have a hip replacement just this year. The most common reasons you might need a hip replacement are arthritis (either Osteoarthritis from “wear and tear” or chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis) or an injury to the hip that triggers arthritis or causes bone damage. “We encourage patients to try medications, injections or physical therapy before moving to surgery,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Eric Heimberger, MD. “People from age 50 can benefit from the total joint replacement if their hip pain limits everyday activities (as simple as walking), if pain continues after resting or at night, and if the non-surgical efforts don’t bring relief.”

From an interview with Brian Wall, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Ask McLeod Cardiologist Brian Wall, MD if there’s a link between you, heart disease and your family…and his answer is quick and unequivocal. “Sure. Absolutely,” Dr. Wall says. “ We’ve known since research in the 1930s that there is a correlation between your risk of heart disease and your family’s history.” 


From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists Dr. Marla Hardenbergh and Dr. Brad Campbell

The causes of endometriosis, the growth of uterine lining cells outside the uterus, are still unknown. Yet, there are a few treatments that seem to work.

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD

Think about what medical professionals call your “activities of daily living. For the rest of us, this means brushing your teeth (ow!), tying a shoelace (ouch!), making a cup of coffee (argh!), starting your car (ache!), reaching for your wallet (uugh!)… Almost anything you do during the day requires use of your wrist, hand and thumb. Pain makes the entire day a struggle.

From an interview with  Alan Blaker, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

The heart is a muscle.  When that heart muscle weakens or the muscle becomes too stiff, it can’t pump enough blood to the body to meet the body's demands. This condition is called Congestive Heart Failure.


From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists Dr. Marla Hardenbergh and Dr. Brad Campbell

Endometriosis can be a painful, recurring problem. Even with today’s medical breakthroughs, McLeod Gynecologists Marla Hardenbergh and Brad Campbell say many elements of endometriosis remain a mystery:

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

One-third of Americans age 65+ will suffer from Osteoarthritis, commonly caused by normal “wear and tear.” Most often, it significantly affects your hips and knees, the body’s weight bearing joints. Since the first total knee joint replacement in 1968, along with 1) better techniques, 2) longer-lasting materials, and 3) mature adults as young as 50 seeking to stay active longer, this procedure has become increasingly common. Some 700,000 knee replacements are performed annually in this country. And it may climb to more than 3 million a year by 2030.

Claudication: Long Name for Pain When Walking

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

When you can’t walk a long distance without pain, it may not simply be that you are out of shape.  It could be a shortage of oxygen getting to your limbs.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD describes the problem and its treatment options.


From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists  Dr. Brad Campbell and Dr. Marla Hardenbergh

Many women suffer the embarrassment and discomfort of stress incontinence, where urine leaks with a sneeze or cough. In answering questions at a recent public event, two experienced Gynecologists discuss the problem and possible solutions.


From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Blockages in the arteries can trigger pain from oxygen-starvation.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD explains diagnosing and treating Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD:


From an interview with Gabor Winkler, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

The role of vascular surgeons is often confused with their fellow sub-specialists, the cardiothoracic surgeons.  McLeod Vascular Surgeon Gabor Winkler, MD offers this quick overview:

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