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From an interview with Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates
The connection between smoking and lung cancer has long been confirmed. McLeod Medical Oncologist Dr. Karim Tazi explains the importance of stopping smoking if you want to reduce your risk and the lung cancer risks of your family.
From an interview with David Bjerken , MD McLeod Vascular Associates Seacoast
Most people know that with a heart problem you turn to a cardiologist or a cardiothoracic surgeon. When do you need someone like McLeod Vascular Specialist David Bjerken, MD? He offers three key medical situations:
From an interview with Christopher Litts, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics
Except for apes and some monkeys, our thumbs (moving in opposition to our fingers) set us apart from many of the earth’s creatures, allowing us to undertake many unique actions. Thumb arthritis limits all those activities, such as grabbing, grasping and picking up small objects. McLeod Orthopedics Hand Specialist Christopher Litts, MD, explains the actions to take – from adaptive devices to surgery – to limit the effects of this ailment:
From and interview with Rajesh Malik, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates
Stroke prevention takes the form of blood thinners for many people, who are at risk of suffering a serious stroke from blood clots forming in their heart’s left atrial appendage. The thinners prevent blood clots making it to the brain. For a number of reasons, some people cannot or prefer not to use these blood thinners, such as Warfarin. McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD is successfully using a new implantable device that helps prevent strokes and eliminates long-term use of blood thinners.
Medically reviewed by Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates
Every cancer patient will spend a great deal of time with their Medical Oncologist. This cancer specialist follows patients from diagnosis through their treatment and coordinates with other specialists who are also treating the patient. One of the McLeod Medical Oncologists, Dr. Karim Tazi, offers a detailed look at this important role and the use of cancer treatments.
From an interview with Amanda Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery
When the diagnosis confirms cancer, a team of people goes to work for you …and with you. McLeod Breast Surgeon Dr. Amanda Turbeville explains the process – starting with your mammogram.
From an Interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
These days, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear from some of your more “mature” friends that they’ve had a knee or hip joint replacement. Truth is: What, in the past was a procedure for people aged 65+, is now being performed on people as young as 40. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, points out two reasons for this change:
From an interview with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
Worn or leaking heart valves do not cause an emergency that a sudden heart attack does. When you have a leaking heart valve, you will feel a range of symptoms -- increasing fatigue, swollen feet and shortness of breath.
Medically reviewed by Tobin Hyman, Chief Medical Physicist McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment & Research
Within a few years of the discovery of X-rays in 1896, cancer patients were being “treated” with radiation therapy. Multiple radiation treatments were often needed, usually combined with surgery. Side effects included hair loss and damage to tissues and organs near the cancer.
From an interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
Knee and hip joint replacements are some of the most common procedures performed and they are also the focus of some of the most dynamic changes in materials, design and surgical technique. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, describes how the materials and the approach to installing the replacements has changed since he began practicing: