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Staying Balanced

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Harriet Jeffords, PT McLeod Outpatient Rehabilitation Director

When someone has a problem with their balance, we often point to the inner ear as the source of the issue or a “communication” glitch between the eye and the ear. Yet, your body’s system of maintaining its mass over the base of support is a complex interaction that also relies on your skeletal system, bones, joints and muscles.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

For many heart patients, treatment doesn’t end with surgery or medication. It includes the component of Cardiac Rehab – a physical rehabilitation program designed specifically for them. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains:


Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Dr. Dale Lusk

Fibroids – non-cancerous growths – that form in and around the uterus can cause heavy bleeding, pain, discomfort during sex and a frequent need to urinate. The most common way to eliminate the problem is for a woman to have the fibroids and her uterus removed through a hysterectomy. When the fibroids are removed, the bleed and pain will diminish.

You are the Key to Spotting Your Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

 Learn the Signs and Symptoms

Joint Replacement: Returning to Work & Recreation

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

As more and more younger people are having knee and hip joint replacements, they want to know when they can return to work. And no matter what age the total joint replacement recipient, they’ll want to know when they can resume recreation. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD, discusses research on when and what you can do after your procedure:

Medically reviewed by Mellissa Brooks, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Menopause announces its presence through a sizable list of hormonal and possible physical changes for a woman.

Heart Attack Symptoms: Not the Same for Women

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Women won't often seek care for a heart attack, because they don’t suffer what we know as the traditional symptom – chest pain. McLeod Cardiologist Alan Blaker, MD explains the signs women should look for and some of the unique risk factors women have.

New Developments in Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted on in Cancer

From the 2015 McLeod Health Cancer Report Article by Vinod K. Jona, MD McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates

Early detection, diagnosis, and staging of lung cancer across the entire spectrum often begins with the important procedures brought to bear by the pulmonologist in determining whether or not a lung cancer is present. One procedure for the pulmonologist is the basic bronchoscopy.

From a presentation by Rajesh Malik McLeod Cardiology Associates

Heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. Blood pressure drops. Blood flow to the brain and organs screeches to a halt. Breathing ceases. The person loses consciousness. Without quick intervention, this “arrest” can quickly lead to “death.”

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics


Hysterectomy: Why, When and Then What?

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically Reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

By age 65, more than a third of US women have had a hysterectomy.
Women living in the US South or Midwest are more likely to have a hysterectomy.

Preventing Colon Cancer, the Silent Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men, after prostate and lung cancer and second most common in women, after breast cancer.

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Vascular surgeons have added a new tool to their options of opening blocked arteries in the arms or legs. McLeod Vascular Specialist Christopher Cunningham, MD says a major benefit of the Drug Eluting Balloon is its ability to keep the blood vessels open:

After Joint Replacement, When Will My Pain End?

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For most recipients of a knee or hip joint replacement, the elimination of chronic pain or discomfort is a major benefit. There is some pain after the procedure and McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD explains the kinds of pain you might have after surgery and when it will go away:

Ovarian Cyst

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Angela Lynn Clary, MD McLeod Women's Care

During a woman’s monthly cycle, her ovaries form follicles that will grow eggs. When the follicle releases its egg, the sac normally shrinks and disappears.

Surviving Cancer: The New Normal

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Ashley Atkinson McLeod Senior Occupational Therapist

With New Treatments, Cancer Patients are Surviving Longer.


Posted on in Women's Health

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

Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs, are unfortunately a common part of almost every woman’s life. They can range from uncomfortable to debilitating.

Young Woman, Are You Heading for a Heart Attack?

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology



Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

Melanie sat at her kitchen table, sipping her coffee, enjoying the birds in the garden.  She smiled, recalling the positive prognosis she received after finishing chemotherapy for her breast cancer. “I’m going to phone Mom and tell her,” Melanie thought.  Then, she couldn’t remember a phone number she had called thousands of time.  “Oh well,” she thought, “I’ll make some lunch.” Yet, struggle as she might, Melanie couldn’t remember the ingredients for her favorite recipe.

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Experience has proven the success of total joint replacement for treating knee and hip pain. Yet, there’s a long list of non-surgical treatment options available, which should be considered prior to surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD discusses options to help with pain and mobility:

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