Topic: Women’s Health

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 when it’s time to find 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

Take these 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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hepatitis C
May 2 2017

Should you be screened for hepatitis C?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You may have read articles in the news or seen TV commercials about new treatments for the hepatitis C virus and wondered, “Am I at risk for this disease?” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.7 million to 3.9 million people in the U.S. are living with active, chronic hepatitis... Read More

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heart disease
Feb 28 2017

Steps women should take now to lower the risk of heart disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you asked most people what the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. is, you’d probably get the wrong answer. The right answer? Heart disease. In fact 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease. Surveys have unfortunately found that some women’s primary care doctors don’t discuss their... Read More

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managing chronic medical conditions
Feb 7 2017

Steps to help you better manage multiple chronic medical conditions

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re living with multiple chronic medical conditions, you’re not alone. A recent study found that more than 40% of Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cognitive problems, mental health, or substance abuse problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite statistics from the Department... Read More

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Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Jan 17 2017

Half of family doctors don’t follow prediabetes screening guidelines. Does yours?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The number of people with prediabetes has grown to 86 million in the U.S. That means 1 in 3 adults has blood sugar that’s higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Of that 86 million, 9 out of 10 are not aware they have the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes... Read More

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