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Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Ever since 1943, when Dr. George Papanicolau published his work on “Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer by the Vaginal Smear,” the “Pap” test has been an annual experience for most women.

Pacemakers: More Uses, Rare Problem

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Pacemakers are one of the most common devices that are implanted in a person’s body to improve their quality of life. Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD is a cardiologist whose specialty includes implanting and – when needed – removing or replacing pacemakers.

Genetic Triggers for Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD Oncologist-Hematologist

About one out of every 10 women carries the gene that can make them susceptible for breast cancer. McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy explains the three types of breast cancer, how to find out if you carry this gene and what to do should you have it.

Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms, Treatments

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

Like any highly complex device powered by electricity, the body’s heart can misfire causing arrhythmias or erratic heartbeats. The most common of these cardiac electrical problems is atrial fibrillation, according to McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD:

Risks of Delaying Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD


As you talk with your Orthopaedic Surgeon about a knee or hip joint replacement, here are two facts to keep in mind:

Smoking & Lung Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Gregory Jones, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

If you ask McLeod Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Jones whether there’s a link between smoking and lung cancer, his answer is short and definite.

Nocturia, Nighttime Urge to Urinate

Posted on in Women's Health

Medical reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Need to get up once a night to go to the bathroom? Don’t worry. That’s normal.

Lung Cancer Surgery

Posted on in Cancer

Gregory Jones, M.D. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Not all lung cancer surgeries are the same. According to McLeod Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Jones, the goal is to spot the cancer early, so the smallest amount of lung tissues needs to be removed.

Stress Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

As a women experiencing bladder leakage, the first thing you should know is: You are not alone.

Electrophysiology: Controlling Erratic Hearts

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD Pee Dee Cardiology

"A heart attack isn’t the only cardiac problem that can affect your life. When the electric signals that control your heart muscle get out of control, you will likely be treated by a cardiologist called an Electrophysiologist," McLeod Electrophysiologist Rajesh Malik, MD explains.

Before/After Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview with Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For many patients, the actual surgery involved with Knee or Hip Joint replacement is the easiest part. After all, you’re asleep. Your Orthopedic Surgeon and his team are doing the work.

Lung Cancer Screening

Posted on in Cancer

Gregory Jones, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Specialists

Medicare and most private health plans now cover a lung cancer screening. McLeod Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Jones explains why the screening was established and who qualifies for it.

TJR: What does it all mean?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by: David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“It is important that hip and knee replacement patients are informed of what is going to happen as they prepare for and recover from total joint replacement surgery,” says McLeod Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. David Woodbury. "Preparing for surgery can be overwhelming. Therefore, it is important for patients to ask questions especially if they are unsure or do not understand what their doctor said."

Is Total Joint Replacement Worth It?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics 

There’s no doubt about it. The number of hip joint and knee replacements is growing. Most total joint replacements are performed on patients over the age of 65, but in the 10 years before 2009, the number of knee and hip replacements tripled for those aged 40 - 50.

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.”

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