Topic: Women’s Health

heart health
Aug 25 2020

The proactive steps women should take for heart health

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Many women don’t think of heart health as a top concern, but recent data show why they should. Not only are heart attacks the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. annually, causing more deaths than all types of cancer combined, data from the American Heart Association show that the incidence of cardiovascular... Read More

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Apr 28 2020

What it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the largest, most difficult health challenges the U.S. has encountered in decades, people are still facing the serious health problems they always have, from heart attacks and strokes and serious injuries from accidents to all kinds of cancer. One of our members shared her experience of being... Read More

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osteoporosis
Oct 15 2019

Strategies to lower your risk of osteoporosis

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

While osteoporosis prevention may not cross your mind in your 20s, it’s the best time to start taking steps that can strengthen your bones and lower your risk of developing this disease when you’re older. Even if you don’t get started building bone strength that early, you can still have a positive impact on the... Read More

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screenings
Jul 16 2019

Are you getting the screenings you need?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Do you know which health screenings you should get and when and how often to get screened? Screenings are an essential part of a strong preventive care strategy and can help you detect a wide range of health problems as early as possible. The first step is to talk with your primary care physician. While... Read More

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breast cancer
Jul 31 2018

How to protect your heart during breast cancer treatment

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Like all types of medical care, treatment for breast cancer comes with both benefits and risks. Earlier this year, a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation spurred media coverage of the link between some types of breast cancer treatment and an increased risk of developing heart failure and other types of... Read More

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menopause
Jun 19 2018

Treatments that can help you manage the symptoms of menopause

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

During perimenopause (the period of time that leads up to menopause) and menopause (when a woman has not had a menstrual period for more than a year), the ovaries try to maintain normal levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. This effort, however, actually causes fluctuations in hormone levels. And those fluctuations are the cause... Read More

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high blood pressure
Jun 12 2018

High blood pressure can hurt more than your heart

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You probably know that undiagnosed, untreated, and poorly controlled high blood pressure can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems including angina (chest pain), heart failure, and heart attack. What you may not know is that high blood pressure can cause a wide range of other serious health problems. When your blood pressure is high for... Read More

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pregnancy
Jan 23 2018

What to do if your doctor says your pregnancy is high risk

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If your obstetrician has told you that your pregnancy is high risk, you probably have a lot of concerns and questions. Your first step should be to put together a list of questions and make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Questions you may want to ask include: What factors make my... Read More

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when is it time to look for a new doctor
Dec 5 2017

How Do You Know it’s Time to Look for a New Doctor?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

There are many different reasons people decide it’s time to switch to a new doctor, whether it’s your primary care doctor, a specialist, or your child’s pediatrician. And while you might feel hesitant to end your relationship, especially if you’ve been seeing the doctor for a long time, sometimes switching to a new doctor is... Read More

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complications after surgery
Jun 13 2017

Steps to Lower Your Risk of Complications After Surgery

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re scheduled to have surgery, there are proactive steps you can take that can help lower your risk of experiencing complications after surgery such as post-operative infections and blood clots. Complications due to the surgical procedure, rather than a worsening of the underlying condition that caused the need for the surgery, are the main... Read More

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