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Medically reviewed by Cary S. Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

A temporary fluttering in the chest.  An extra or skipped beat.  This is something that almost everyone has experienced.  It's usually nothing but could be a sign of something more serious.

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:

Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

The birth of your child brings many wonderful, fulfilling emotional and physical feelings. On the other hand, pregnancy and the aftermath of the birthing process can leave many women with an incontinence problem. 

Prevent Colon Cancer: Schedule a Colonoscopy

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer – tumors in the lower part of the large intestine – is only the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. However, it ranks second as the cause for deaths due to cancer.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

All eyes turned as Donna walked in. Her face was beautiful.  The silhouette, striking. And those high spike heels!  Whew!  Every man – and a few women – inhaled sharply, losing interest in their year-old magazines. 

From an interview with Amit Pande, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Cardiologists use many successful ways to diagnose heart problems – from treadmill stress tests and ultrasound to cardiac catheterizations and angiograms. Yet, McLeod Cardiologist says they are still in search of a successful way to look inside an artery’s walls without making an incision. Dr. Pande calls this the “holy grail” of cardiology:

Medically reviewed by Douglas Moeckel, MD, McLeod Neonatologist with MEDNAX National Medical Group

South Carolina ranks 45th out of all 50 states when it comes to infant mortality. That’s a sad statistic, especially when something as easy as “ABC” could reduce the number of sleep-related infant deaths.

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

In the 1970s, research was undertaken on the drug Tamoxifen as a possible way to help prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk. Results of those studies showed that women, who took the anti-estrogen drug for 5 years experienced a 50% reduction in cancers, compared to those who did not get Tamoxifen. High-risk women include those who had a mother or sister with breast cancer.

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Hip Joint?  Bad Knee?  Leg Cramps? Torn Muscle? Hairline Fracture? Inflamed Tendon?

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO, RPVI McLeod Vascular Associates

At best, varicose veins are unsightly. At worst, they are signs of bad blood circulation back to the heart. Now, there’s an easy, outpatient procedure using “medical superglue” to close down the bad veins and help redirect blood to healthy veins. McLeod Vascular Specialist Carmen Piccolo explain VenaSeal:

From an interview with Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

The day a woman finally decides to move past the embarrassment of Stress Incontinence or Urge Incontinence and seek care, is a benchmark she’ll long remember. 

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

It’s not a great statistic: 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime.

From Live-95/Ken Ard with Brian Wall, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

“About 30% of Americans with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it,” says McLeod Cardiologist Brain Wall, MD. “Just like diabetes, sometimes you don’t know you have it until you actually get checked for it. Some symptoms you could possibly experience include headaches, nosebleeds, lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing sensation or palpitations. All those health issues can be potential signs of high blood pressure.

Exercise: A Great Arthritis Pain Reliever

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Most adults with arthritis don’t exercise. In South Carolina and North Carolina up to 70% of adults with arthritis get less than 90 minutes of exercise each week.

Weight Loss Helps Reduce Your Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically review by Joycelyn Schindler, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

“Encouraging.” “Significantly improves the amount of urinary incontinence.” “Should be considered…as part of non-surgical therapy for incontinence.” “Obesity is an important risk factor for urinary incontinence.”

Avoiding 4 Common Bicycle Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Exercise. Fun. Energy-efficient transportation. Bicycles and cycling have expanded from a mostly childhood activity to one where adults are as common on bikes as youngsters. Many communities have created special bike trails to accommodate increasing two-wheel traffic, as well as offer a safer environment than riding in the street.

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

"I'm glad you called right away," Mary's OB/GYN assured her. Mary was surprised when she started bleeding because she thought when her menopause ended 5 years ago, her bleeding was over, too. Recently, Mary started spotting or light bleeding. Then, the bleeding grew heavier and she again needed to wear pads.

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

Don’t avoid seeing your personal physician or having a colonoscopy if you are over age 50, says McLeod Radiation Oncologist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock.

From a conversation with S. Cary Huber, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Problematic heartbeats caused by electrical misfires can be treated a number of ways – with medication, ablation, as well as with a surgical treatment called MAZE. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Cary Huber, MD, explains how MAZE is accomplished:

Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Repetitive, one-sided twisting of the spine. Bending over, repetitively to pick up weights from 10 to 40 pounds. Chronic wear and tear on shoulder and elbow joints. Muscle and tendon tears that create scar tissue.

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