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National Women’s Checkup Day is May 12

SPRINGVILLE — Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends, take note: National Women’s Checkup Day is May 12, which is part of National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17, 2014).

Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, this annual event has a goal of encouraging women of all ages to schedule an annual well-woman visit with their healthcare provider.

“Recent changes to health insurance regulations have made annual physical checkups available under most insurance plans at no cost to the patient,” said Dr. Lisette D’Eon, a physician at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. “So many times, women are taking care of their families’ needs that they overlook their own health. This day is a reminder to schedule your appointment to receive screenings for common conditions, refill your prescriptions and have a discussion with your medical provider about your health concerns and questions.”

According to Imaging Department Director Lisa Smith, “It is recommended that women receive mammograms every other year starting at age 40.”

She continued, “Women who are at risk for common conditions like osteoporosis can also benefit from a yearly bone density screening along with their annual checkup.”

“Patients diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis may benefit from a physical therapy exercise program to strengthen muscles, improve posture and reduce the risk of falls and fractures,” said Mary Lou Wright, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s physical therapy department director.

Coronary heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the United States, is another factor in maintaining an annual checkup schedule.

“Regular physical exams can help women and their doctors identify symptoms of heart disease in the early stages,” said Dr. Thomas P. Smith, FACC, a cardiologist at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Heart Center. “By treating those symptoms and helping a patient make lifestyle changes in eating, exercise, or smoking cessation, the risk of life-threatening strokes or heart attacks can be reduced.”

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center opened in 2010 in response to community need, and accepts new patients and most insurance coverage. Learn more at www.bertrandchaffee.com or call (716) 592-8140 for an appointment.

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