At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we are known for being stewards of women's health in our community. Listen up women: now's the time to take stock of your well-being and focus on your health during National Women's Health Week May 8–14, 2016!
From our community outreach efforts to help drive awareness of breast cancer, to providing advice about when to start breast cancer screenings and how often to get them, we recognize the importance of ensuring the women in the Washington, D.C. region are cared for from head to toe.
That's why in addition to those critical health topics, we have dedicated physicians who focus on all areas of women's wellness, such as women and heart disease and how the symptoms in women may be different than those in men. We are also experts in treating female-specific conditions that many are hesitant to talk about, such as pelvic floor disorders, which affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 45.
Pain in your feet? Our podiatry experts have an innovative way to treat Morton's Neuroma, a condition related to excessive wear and tear on your feet. And, that discomfort in your legs could be a result of one of many conditions, such as varicose veins, that our physicians might be able help you with.
Because your health evolves over time, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) offers checklists for every decade that provide advice for what you can do to improve your overall health. Whether you’re in your 20s or 90s, take at least one of the steps on the list for a healthier you.
National Women's Health Week helps you understand what steps you can take for better health, and the OWH encourages you to:
- Schedule an appointment with your doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
- Increase your activity level.
- Adopt healthy eating habits.
- Improve your mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid activities or behaviors that are unhealthy for you, such as smoking, texting-and-driving, and not using a seat-belt or helmet while bicycling.
Your health begins with you, so take your first step in living a healthier life!