Daily life can be consumed with work, errands, celebrations and a ton of things to check off your to-do list. We know that when you have a bunch of balls all up in the air, the one that often drops can be your health. Routine visits can be postponed or merely forgotten about, unusual symptoms can be thought of as “just gas,” and aches and pains can seem part of daily life, leaving your overall health to suffer. Instead, you worry about your family and others, putting your overall health to the back burner.
The truth is, when it comes to your health, early detection and routine blood work are one of the best ways to ensure a longer life. So if you are one of those women who can’t remember the last time you saw your primary doctor, or are living with an ache or pain that you keep putting off getting checked, it’s time to get your health in check with our Women's Health Checklist:
When it comes to women’s health, one of the main things you never want to ignore is your heart. It’s easy to overlook the signs of heart disease or heart attacks as they often mimic some other discomforts. From stomach pains to fatigue, many of the female heart attack symptoms can be mistaken for anxiety or milder ailments. Some of the most common heart attack symptoms in women include:
Jaw, neck or back pains
If you experience one or more of these symptoms or severe chest discomfort that feels like an elephant sitting on your chest, you should call 911 immediately.
A constant cough might be passed off as just a tickle, but until a severe infection occurs, it’s not something you take seriously. With spring here, your lung health is more vital than ever. With allergy season here, it’s more vital than ever to consider what's around you and how it’s affecting your lungs.
Believe it or not, your indoor air quality is often lower than outdoor air. Because of this, your allergy and lung health can suffer. Not only that, secondhand smoke and chemical cleaners can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms. High pollen days can also cause allergy flare-ups, so be sure to stay indoors on these days. If you are a smoker, now is the perfect time to quit. The longer you hold on to the habit, the more damage will be done.
Spring is the perfect season to become more active. Whether you go for nightly walks or take a nice jog, use the nice weather to get your health in gear. Physical activity is not only good for your heart and weight control, but it’s also a great mood booster and can help with sleep issues. So get out and get moving!
Visiting the doctor is often associated with illness, but one of the most important relationships you can have is with your primary care physician and OBGYN. By going to yearly visits, your doctor can get to know your medical history and the two of you can build a relationship. The most essential part of attending your well visits? Early detection. Many things, if caught early, can be treated and taken care of much easier than if ignored or missed.
A wound is not something you should ignore, ever. Without proper care, you can put yourself at risk for infection. From diabetic foot ulcers to burns, sterile and professional treatment can help ensure you heal as needed. If spotted and treated early, many of these conditions can be handled with minimal treatment. The earlier something is caught, the easier the treatment.
Many symptoms of venous insufficiency can be just brushed off as common complications of standing on your feet all day. Swelling, tired legs, new varicose veins, and itchiness can all be signs of venous, and an estimated 40 percent of people in the U.S. are at risk for it and women are the most common sufferers. If left undiagnosed, venous insufficiency can affect the way blood flows to the legs from the heart, and it can lead to pooling. The most common cause is lack of movement, aging and decreased mobility.
Chronic pain can leave you immobile or less active than others. Luckily, many techniques can help you improve your quality of life, so your pain doesn’t rule it. From prevention to proper diagnosis, finding the route of your pain and coming up with an appropriate plan can help alleviate pain so you can get back to a routine and active life. At Henry County Hospital we can help diagnose and treat:
Shingles pain and more.
As one of the biggest days of your life, you want to ensure your fully educated on all your options. From midwives to breastfeeding classes, the professionals at Henry County Hospital are here to help you decide your big day. We offer pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum/newborn, and breastfeeding classes and can help you have a healthful and comfortable first day with your new addition.
From respiratory therapy to women’s health, Henry County Hospital medical staff is here to help you get your health on track. We use state-of-the-art technology and personalized care, and our priority is the patient.