McLeod Health Educates Women on Heart Disease


February is known nationwide as Heart Month. At McLeod Health, this year’s promotions are focused on educating women on heart disease, the risk factors, and recognizing the signs of a heart attack. These efforts are being communicated through the use of print ads, television advertising, physician articles, patient testimonials and educational community events.

The heart and stroke patient testimonials feature five McLeod Health female patients. These are stories of real patients who have experienced victorious outcomes including Florence resident Lorene Godbold – Heart Disease Survivor.

“Anyone can have a heart attack. It happened to me and it can happen to you.” To watch Lorene’s story, click here.

While you may not believe what you feel is the “norm” for having a heart attack, the best advice is to listen to your instincts. And, recognize the most common signs of a heart attack, like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, pain or discomfort in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulders, arms or back, shortness of breath, or nausea. Women of any age or lifestyle are susceptible, and symptoms can be very different from those experienced by men.

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these signs.

If you need assistance in managing your heart condition, the cardiologists at McLeod Cardiology Associates can help. They have offices available in Florence, Cheraw, Hartsville, Loris, Little River, Manning, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter. Same-day appointments are available for new patients at their Florence office. Patients who call (843) 667-1891 before noon will see a McLeod Cardiologist that day. Patients who call past noon will be offered a next-day appointment. McLeod Cardiology Associates Florence is located at 101 William H. Johnson Street, Suite 600. For a complete list of the McLeod Cardiologists and their location information please visit our physician locator on the McLeod website at