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  • Orthopedics

    Total Joint Replacement – The Final Phase, Returning to Daily Life

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    05 SEPTEMBER 2019

    You finally decided to see an Orthopedic Specialist for that knee or hip pain. They diagnosed an arthritic or deteriorated joint. Conservative treatments didn’t work. Surgery was performed. Now what?

  • Cancer

    10 Years of Tamoxifen: Good News for Women with High Risk of Breast Cancer

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    03 SEPTEMBER 2019

    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.


  • Womens Health

    The Hysteroscopy View from the Inside

    Merritt King, III, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast – Little River
    02 SEPTEMBER 2019

    When your Gynecologist needs to look at your uterus, they are likely using a long, thin tube smaller than a straw to look for polyps or treat other problems in your uterus.

  • Orthopedics

    Could your Achilles Tendon Be Your Achilles Heel?

    Jason B. O’Dell, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    31 AUGUST 2019

    There is no best way to avoid harming the Achilles tendon. Even healthy active people or athletes in exceptional physical shape have no insurance against injury.

  • Cancer

    Brain Tumors Are Life-Altering Events — Yet There is Hope

    William Naso, MD
    Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center
    30 AUGUST 2019

    The diagnosis of a brain tumor is a life-altering event. Ultimately, the brain is who we are. It is the seat of our soul and the keeper of our thoughts. It is what makes us fully human.

  • Womens Health

    Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kids! Preserve Your Health, Too.

    Chris S. McCauley, MD
    McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast – Little River
    28 AUGUST 2019

    A number of immunizations are specifically for mature adults,” says McLeod Gynecologist Dr. Chris McCauley. “It’s also important to talk to your doctor if you didn’t receive immunizations against certain diseases as a child.

  • Heart Health

    Don’t Let the Silent Killer, High Blood Pressure, Bring You Down

    Ryan C. Garbalosa, DO
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Sumter
    27 AUGUST 2019

    About 30% of Americans with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it.  Some symptoms you could possibly experience include headaches, nosebleeds, lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing sensation or palpitations.

  • Heart Health

    What is Cardiac Ablation: Fixing a Heart’s Short Circuit

    Prabal K. Guha, MD
    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    23 AUGUST 2019

    Flutter.  Fibrillation. Tachycardia. – All three terms describe a problem, when the heart muscles aren’t receiving the proper electrical signals.  The result?  Erratic heart beats.

  • Orthopedics

    Save Your Child From Lifelong Backpack Orthopedic Injuries

    Albert T. Gilpin, Jr., MD
    McLeod Pediatric Orthopaedics
    22 AUGUST 2019

    If your student’s backpack is like most these days, it may weigh 20 to 25 pounds, about 20%+ of your student’s total body weight. Today’s school bags are twice as heavy as ten years ago. One study found that more than 5 out of 10 of U.S. school students carry a backpack that’s too heavy for them.