The Baby Blues and Beyond

Most parents envision the birth of their child as a joyous event, full of love and happiness.  While it usually is, and tends to provide a memory worth holding on to for cherishing, it is also a time of heavy emotional toll and fluctuating hormones.  Many, many women experience a period of temporary sadness and general moodiness for a few days following the end of a pregnancy.  The “baby blues”--symptoms of which can also include lack of appetite, insomnia, and general anxiety--are utterly and completely normal for a woman to have, and generally fade shortly after the birth.

Tricks to Healthy Skin

Skin is the largest organ of the human body, one constantly changing or being affected by the world around us.  Did you know that skin makes up over a tenth of an average adult’s body weight?  Or that shed skin cells make up the majority of the dust in people’s homes?  Skin is our internal organs’ barrier from the outside world.  We mark our aging by its wrinkles and our lifetimes by its scars.  We humans shed off a new layer of skin every four weeks or so, mostly without noticing, considering, or commenting on it.  For such an important part of our bodies (it protects us from, literally, everything), many people don’t think very much about their skin at all.  However, it is vital to consider things you can do to protect this massive, vital organ. 

FemTouch™ Vaginal Laser Rejuvenation

The physicians at the Woman’s Clinic Professional Association of Jackson offer a special procedure for rejuvenation and restoration of the vagina.  Engineers developing the FemTouch™ Vaginal Laser Rejuvenation therapy figured out a way to utilize gas laser technology to deal with one of the most difficult aspects of the aging process: common vaginal deterioration. The FemTouch™ laser applications offer near-painless, hormone free, minimally invasive treatment for improving vaginal health.

A Look at Menopause

Although menopause--a condition officially determined by naturally living one full year without a menstrual cycle--comes replete with a whole host of issues and symptoms, it is not an illness of any sort.  Rather, it is simply the completely normal biological process that caps the end of a woman’s fertility.  For most women, this occurs naturally sometime around the late 40s or early 50s (the average age is actually 51, give or take a few years depending on certain factors such as ethnicity or overall health), though menopause may be induced via a number of medical procedures if necessary. 

Organ Donation

Science is progressing with exponential speed.  Some suggest that the entire store of human knowledge is actually doubling every five years or such--some suggest that that is an entirely conservative estimate.  With so many advancing technologies and new ideas shaping science, it’s easy to forget how simply some of the basic necessities of medical treatments can go unfulfilled.  One of those necessities is healthy organs available for donation. 

Donating Blood Can Save a Life

Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued a plea for blood donation across the nation, to combat an emergency shortage over the July 4th holiday week.  Due to companies and organizations shutting down for vacation time, over five hundred fewer blood drives were put together over the 50 states than in a typical week.  This led to an extreme shortage in the blood supply that is still affecting the country.  One mid-week holiday that was a source of joy for most Americans turned out to be a life-threatening concern for many. 

Women and their Healthcare

Women and their Healthcare

The ability of people to develop their own, personalized plans for the growth of their family is considered one of the fundamental rights of humanity.  Family planning services include a variety of practices, including fertility services, contraceptive services, pregnancy testing, counseling, STD treatment and education, and prenatal care just to name a few.  Pregnancy, childbirth, contraception, and the like are, fundamentally, issues of health care.  The ability of women to make informed decisions about their own health care is a basic human right, and one not to be taken lightly.

A Leading Health Concern

One of the leading health concerns in the United States today is diabetes.  Currently the sixth leading cause of death among adults, diabetes has been becoming more and more prevalent.  A 2017 CDC report suggested that around 10% of our population suffers from diabetes or prediabetes, a condition that can turn into diabetes easily if left unchecked.  Last year the Chicago Sun-Times reported that we are now diagnosing upwards of 25,000 children with the disease annually--for a disease that was long thought to be mostly an adult’s issue. 

Enjoy Your 4th of July

How do you spend your holiday time?  For the Fourth of July and the weeks surrounding it, people spend a lot of time playing and partying with friends--pool parties, cookouts, firework shows, and the like claim a great deal of our time around the summer holidays.  Where there’s overloads of fun, of course, there are dangers for which to keep watch.  Here is a quick list of playtimes that can turn into danger zones quickly and a few of the hazards you might want to consider.  Mind you, we are not telling you to avoid going out and enjoying these activities, but rather reminding you to be careful and stay safe over Independence Day weekend.

Would a catheter make life easier

For those patients that have to deal with it, a fundamentally difficult part of recovering from surgery can be the process of catheterization.  If you are suffering from urinary retention for any reason, it can be not just difficult to learn the new processes that your body requires but embarrassing to even consider them.  Patients at the Woman’s Clinic will find the staff incredibly helpful and easy to work with in this regard.  They are professional and courteous and dedicated to making every patient’s stay as comfortable as possible.  Patients can also help themselves by becoming familiar with the procedures which they will have to endure. 

Don't Let a Sunburn Slow You Down

As the summer season kicks into high gear, more and more people are going to start complaining to their friends about sunburn. “I got burnt walking to the car!”  “30 minutes painting the porch, and now I’m bright red!”  The fact is, almost everyone has been sunburned at one point or another by the time they reach adulthood.  It is sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes outright painful, and always should be avoided if possible.

Working out in the Summer

Summer in the South can make the whole world seem heavier.  The humidity and heat combine to feel like a weight over existence.  An act as simple as dragging oneself out of bed can seem extraordinary and heroic.  However, it is still important to maintain a steady workout routine.  Doing so will make you feel better about facing the heat--not to mention the ego boost that you’ll receive when you persevere through an overwhelming slog. 

Women and Allergies

Itchy eyes, a congested nose, sneezing, wheezing and hives: these are symptoms of an allergic reaction to the environment caused when plants release pollen into the air, usually in the spring or fall. Many people use hay fever as a colloquial term for these seasonal allergies and the inflammation of the nose and airways.

The Importance of a Mammogram

A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer which uses special X-ray images to detect abnormal growths or changes in breast tissue.

Using a digital X-ray machine made especially for breast tissue, a technologist compresses the breast and takes pictures from at least two different angles, creating a set of images for each of your breasts. This set of images is called a mammogram.

What is a Stroke?

What is Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens , part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

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Interesting Statistics about Stroke

Nearly 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year (128,978). That’s one in every 20 deaths.

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.

Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the leading preventable cause of disability.

More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer.

Estimates of the overall annual incidence of stroke in US children are 6.4 per 100,000 children (0 to 15 years), with approximately half being hemorrhagic strokes.

87% of strokes are classified as ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or a mass blocks a blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to a part of the brain.

African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group within the American population.

Source credit http://www.strokeassociation.org

Our Red Ribbon Heart Provider

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I am Stacey Mott, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Woman's Clinic, P.A. in Jackson, Tennessee. Most women only make one visit to the doctor per year which tends to be with their ob/gyn. Here at the Woman's Clinic we strive to make this visit as convenient and comprehensive as possible. For those in need, we are now offering primary care services along with the many women's health services you have grown accustomed to over the last 60 years. With over 2 decades of nursing experience, I bring my skills from family medicine and cardiology in order to be your provider. Join me and the family at Woman's Clinic as we care for the whole woman... ONE WOMAN AT A TIME.

Conditions that Increase Risk for Heart Disease

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Several medical conditions can increase your risk for heart disease. If you have one of these conditions, you can take steps to control it and lower your risk.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. It is a medical condition that occurs when the pressure of the blood in your arteries and other blood vessels is too high. The high pressure, if not controlled, can affect your heart and other major organs of your body, including your kidneys and brain.

High blood pressure is often called a “silent killer” because many people do not notice symptoms to signal high blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure by changes in lifestyle or by medication can reduce your risk for heart disease and heart attack.

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by the liver or found in certain foods. Your liver makes enough for your body’s needs, but we often get more cholesterol from the foods we eat. If we take in more cholesterol than the body can use, the extra cholesterol can build up in the walls of the arteries, including those of the heart. This leads to narrowing of the arteries and can decrease the blood flow to the heart, brain, kidneys, and other parts of the body.

Some cholesterol is “good,” and some is “bad.” High cholesterol is the term used for high levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, which are considered “bad” because they can lead to heart disease. A higher level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL, is considered “good” because it provides some protection against heart disease.

A blood test can detect the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides (a related kind of fat) in your blood.

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus also increases the risk for heart disease. Your body needs glucose (sugar) for energy. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that helps move glucose from the food you eat to your body’s cells. If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, can’t use its own insulin as well as it should, or both.

Diabetes causes sugars to build up in the blood. The risk of death from heart disease for adults with diabetes is higher than adults who do not have diabetes.1 Talk to your doctor about ways to manage diabetes and control other risk factors.

Reference

  1. CDC. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017.[PDF- 3 MB]. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, 2017.

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Keep Your Heart Healthy

The best way look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle.

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Be smoke-free 

Being smoke free is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart. Read more about smoking 

Manage your blood cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance carried in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to be healthy, but an imbalance of cholesterol in your blood can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Find out more about blood cholesterol and how to manage it 

Manage your blood pressure

Blood pressure isn’t usually something you can feel. If it’s too high, it needs to be treated. Read about blood pressure and what you can do to control high blood pressure

Manage diabetes

It’s important to manage your diabetes to help prevent a heart attack or stroke. For information on managing diabetes, visit the Diabetes Australia website.

Be physically active 

Regular, moderate physical activity is great for your heart health. It’s never too late to start and get the benefits. It’s also important to sit less during your day and break up your sitting time. Find out what you can do about getting active and sitting less 

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease and other health problems. It can help to know your body mass index and waist measurements and what these mean. Find out how 

Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods

Eating a varied diet of healthy foods can help with your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Find out more about healthy eating 

There are also specific changes you can make to your diet to help prevent heart disease:

Look after your mental health

We know that there can be a greater risk of heart disease for people who have depression, are socially isolated or do not have good social support. Having a good social life with family and friends can help. 

Depression is more than feeling sad or low. If you feel depressed for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor, a family member or someone you know well. 

For more information about depression, visit the beyondblue website 

Source credit https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/keep-your-heart-healthy

Even Busy Women Need the Flu Vaccine

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

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  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • CDC recommends use of injectable influenza vaccines (including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines) during 2017-2018. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2017-2018.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.

Source Credit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm