Women’s Health

Gynecologic surgery options for women are better than ever

Maria Johnson was tired all the time. “I just didn’t have any energy,” said the 44-year-old insurance recovery specialist. “I discovered that I had uterine fibroids about 15 years ago. On the advice of my doctors we kept tabs on them through regular ultrasounds.” Over time those fibroids grew, some into the size of a cantaloupe. “I was experiencing heavy cramping and bleeding, plus I was just so tired,” Johnson said. “It was time to do something.”

Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors of the uterus that usually do not cause symptoms. However, depending on the number, size and location, they can cause complications such as those experienced by Johnson.

Johnson’s primary care physician and her gynecologist suggested a hysterectomy as the best option to her uterine fibroid problem, but she was opposed. “I am a breast cancer survivor. I went through a radical mastectomy, and I just didn’t want to go through another major procedure,” she said. That is when a friend told her about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

Facts about Pelvic Health for women

We had a chance to speak with two Norton Healthcare providers to find out more about women’s pelvic health. Jonathan H. Reinstine, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, a Part of Norton Women’s Care, and Melissa Ulfe, BSN, R.N., CBCN, is the women’s health nurse navigator at Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. They shared with us their top videos for helping women better understand pelvic health and how women can become empowered to speak with their doctors about their “below the belt” health.

New Stroke Guidelines for Women

The American Stroke Association issued new guidelines for preventing stroke for women. The new guidelines take into account specific risk factors that are only prevalent in women. These new guidelines provide better tools for physicians to use when evaluating a women's potential for a stroke.

Jackie Hays interviews Lynn Hundley, MSN, RN, APRN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, about the new stroke guidelines and warns that worldwide one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Heart to Heart - When heart conditions affect pregnancy and beyond

Ashley Payne was a college student at the University of Kentucky when she learned she had high blood pressure, or hypertension, during a regular checkup.

“It was a big shocker — I wasn’t the typical picture of high blood pressure,” said Payne, who was not overweight and ate a healthy diet.

For 10 years, she took blood pressure medicine that kept her condition under control. But that changed when she got pregnant with her first child. She was the most fit she’d ever been, but despite changing medications her blood pressure continued to rise.

Pilates

There was a time when my day wasn’t complete without a trip to the gym, a brisk walk, a run or a bike ride. I went dancing every weekend, zipped around on rollerblades and even used exercise videos.

But lately, the only exercise I manage to squeeze in is isometrics while carpooling the kids. So I’m a bit reluctant when heading to a Pilates class at the YMCA.

10 years of raising awareness about women's heart health

In our first issue of "Get Healthy" magazine, we published an article asking women to take charge of their heart health. One decade later, that important message remains, as heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death among women in the U.S.

In that first issue we met Marcia Algee, then age 53. She could have been a statistic, but her life was saved after a routine screening showed a heart abnormality that led her to undergo double bypass surgery.

Before you give birth...

So you’re going on a major journey.

If you know someone who has been there, you’ll likely pump them for information before packing your bags. You’ll check that there’s oil in the engine, air in the tires and fuel in the tank. And don’t forget the road map!

That same mindset is important if you are planning to breastfeed your baby. You must prepare before your little traveling companion arrives, to ensure your journey goes well. 

Here are some steps you can take to help you prepare for breastfeeding, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Dangers of dehydration

Vomiting, diarrhea, fever — any combination of these dreaded ailments can literally suck the life out of you.

Things can quickly go from bad to worse when dehydration sets in. Suddenly, what seemed like a garden-variety stomach bug — or a bad order of oysters — could turn life-threatening.

Untreated, severe dehydration may lead to seizures, permanent brain damage or even death, according to the National Institutes of Health. The body sends signals if fluids are not replaced rapidly enough or if fluids can’t be retained because of severe vomiting or diarrhea.

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