What You Should Know About Appendicitis
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by Kiecha Berzins
1M ago
As the leading cause of abdominal pain resulting in emergency surgery, appendicitis is most often diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 30. In the US, about five percent of the population will develop appendicitis in their lifetime. The appendix is a small, tube-like organ that is connected to the large intestine and can be found in the lower right part of your abdomen. Appendicitis is a condition that occurs when the appendix becomes swollen or infected. Bacteria begins to accumulate inside the appendix, causing it to become inflamed, swollen and filled with pus. The most common symptom of app ..read more
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Treatment Options for Movement Disorders
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by Kiecha Berzins
2M ago
Tremors, muscle spasms, stiffness, slow movement, difficulty speaking and swallowing, as well as poor balance and coordination can be symptoms of a movement disorder. Living with a condition such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or dystonia can make daily life challenging. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects a person’s muscle control, balance and movement. An estimated one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease and nearly 90,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, according to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. Th ..read more
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Common Causes and Treatments for Back Pain
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by Kiecha Berzins
2M ago
According to the National Library of Medicine, back pain is one of the most common causes for which patients seek emergency care. Approximately 28% of US adults report having chronic lower back/sciatic pain. The symptoms tend to be persistent, causing some individuals significant disability. In this Q & A, Dr. Michael Warden of Florence Neurosurgery and Spine at McLeod Health provides insights on the most common causes and treatments for back pain. Q. Back pain seems to afflict many Americans. What are some of the common causes of lower back pain? Back pain affects both patients and their ..read more
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Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Providing Patients with More Options
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by Kiecha Berzins
4M ago
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 techniques, surgeons can both rehabilitate the body and reduce pain, easing patients’ fears and apprehension. Dr. John Sonfield, a general surgeon with Pee Dee Surgical Group, explains the many benefits these modern-day technologies offer for health and healing. “Robotic-assisted surgery can provide extra be ..read more
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Type 2 Diabetes: The Quiet Epidemic
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by Kiecha Berzins
6M ago
From an interview with Dr. Meenakshi Pande McLeod Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology Type 2 Diabetes has become America’s quiet epidemic. About 37 million people in the U.S. have this progressive condition, which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, and even erectile dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared diabetes an epidemic in 1994 – about 30 years ago – and yet today, it is still an unfortunate fixture of our country’s public health. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Meenakshi Pande explains: “Type 2 Diabetes or ..read more
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How a Neurologist Can Help People with Parkinson’s Disease
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by Kiecha Berzins
11M ago
From an interview with Dr. Christopher Zust McLeod Neurological Associates In South Carolina, Parkinson’s disease affects more than 12,400 people. And according to the Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson’s Prevalence Project, by 2030, approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. will be living with this condition. McLeod Neurologist Dr. Christopher Zust explains the causes of Parkinson’s and lifestyle choices that may help reduce the risk for this disease. “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurologic condition involving issues with starting, stopping motion and tremors, although there are man ..read more
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What Are Gallstones?
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by Kiecha Berzins
1y ago
From an interview with Dr. Matthew Jones, General Surgeon Pee Dee Surgical Group Gallstone disease is one of the most common digestive disorders in the United States and leads to significant morbidity, mortality, and health care utilization. McLeod General Surgeon Dr. Matthew Jones explains what causes gallstones and how they are treated. “So the gallbladder is a little tiny organ that sits right under your right rib cage. It stores bile, which is helpful for digesting fats that you eat.  Most commonly, we are gonna see gallstones, and those are caused because, generally, over time, usual ..read more
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McLeod Health Cheraw Earns Leapfrog Award
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by Kiecha Berzins
1y ago
From an interview withBren Lowe, Chief Executive OfficerMcLeod Health Cheraw For over 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has collected, analyzed, and published data on safety and quality in order to push the healthcare industry forward. Each year, the organization issues the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital safety, quality, and efficiency based on national performance measures that are important to health care consumers. The survey results are publicly reported and provide hospitals with information to benchmark their progress in improving the care they deliver. The highest perform ..read more
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Preparing for a Positive Surgical Experience
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by Kiecha Berzins
1y ago
From an interview withMyra Alton, Certified Nurse AnesthetistMcLeod Health There are many things patients can do to prepare themselves for the surgical experience and to help ensure a positive outcome. McLeod Certified Nurse Anesthetist Myra Alton explains. “When a patient is planning for surgery, it’s a good idea to just really focus on themselves in those few weeks prior to the operation. Being in good health, eating properly, good nutrition, keeping hydrated, staying active, and preparing themselves, emotionally and physically for what’s to come. Making early preparations for your post-op c ..read more
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Welcome to McLeod MyChart!
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by Kiecha Berzins
1y ago
On December 03, 2022, McLeod Health transitioned to the EPIC electronic health record and to McLeod MyChart, a new patient information portal. McLeod MyChart is a secure and easy tool that allows the patient to manage their healthcare 24/7. Chief Medical Director for McLeod Physician Associates Dr. Richard Alexander tells us more: “At McLeod Health, we’re committed to offering our patients quality care and convenient access to our providers and services. To deliver on those commitments, McLeod Health has moved to the EPIC electronic medical record platform to revolutionize our patient experien ..read more
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