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Annual Mammograms Save Lives

Breast cancer is the number one cancer treated at McLeod Health each year, according to McLeod Radiologist Dr. Shawn Conwell. “Numerous studies have shown that when breast cancer is diagnosed early, it has a cure rate of greater than 90 percent,” says
April 3, 2024

HopeHealth Celebrates Its Oldest Patient

Fred Allen Smalls recently turned 106 and people are celebrating, including his doctor. One of seven children, Mr. Smalls was born on February 5, 1918. He attended school in Plantersville in a little no-name building in the woods. Mr. Smalls later moved
April 3, 2024

Heart Rate: Vital Signs & Symptoms

A heart rate is a vital sign that tells you how many times your heart beats per minute. It can give us a lot of information about the health of a patient’s heart. A normal heart rate is between 60 to 100
March 28, 2024

Straight Talk About Knee Replacement

Knee joint replacements can offer tremendous lifestyle improvements. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Chad Thurman tells you what to expect: “The best candidates for knee replacement are generally people with chronic knee pain that failed conservative care, such as medications, injections, therapy or
March 28, 2024

Safe Sleep Environments for Children

Every year, around 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly while they’re sleeping. Most of these tragic deaths are due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. According to the American Academy of
March 28, 2024

What is Your Risk for Developing Breast Cancer?

Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram and should be performed regularly. But there is more women can do to
March 20, 2024

Treatment Options for Heart Valve Issues

Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is done to correct the problems caused by one or more diseased heart valves. McLeod cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Messier explains the importance of listening to your body and why you should see your doctor if
March 19, 2024

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Providing Patients with More Options

From an interview with  Dr. John Sonfield Pee Dee Surgical Group While surgery heals and restores the body, many patients still have concerns about the pain and challenges of recovery they may face after surgery. By using robotic-assisted, laparoscopic, and minimally-invasive surgical
March 13, 2024
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