Griffin Hospital Educates You On Women’s Health

Griffin Hospital Educates You On Women’s Health


NEWS 8 IS PARTNERING TO HELP YOU LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. I’M JOINED BY DR. MICHAEL KESSLER WHO JOINS — IT WORKS AND GYNECOLOGY AT GRIFFIN HOSPITAL. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PREGNANCIES, WE ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HEALTHY MOMS, HEALTHY BABIES. CORRECT. SARAH: BUT YOU ALSO ENCOURAGE OTHER THINGS GOING ON? WHEN WOMEN ARE COMING IN, IT’S VERY CRUCIAL FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS AND RISKS. AND REALLY TAKING FROM — I TALKED TO MY PATIENTS AND SAY, WE NEED TO DROP YOUR RISK. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT HEALTHY EATING, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, MAKING CHANGES IN THEIR MOOD, MAKING CHANGES IN THEIR SLEEP. I THINK THESE THINGS WILL BENEFIT THE WOMEN FOR MUCH HEALTHIER PREGNANCY. JOCELYN: YOU WANT TO CREATE AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION. CORRECT. OF COURSE IT WHEN WOMEN ARE COMING IN, WE NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR HEALTH CONCERNS, THEIR HEALTH RISKS, THEIR HISTORY. IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE INFORMATION FROM THEIR PARENTS AS WELL. I THINK WE ARE GETTING A LOT MORE INFORMATION THESE DAYS ABOUT WOMEN WHO MOTHERS HAD PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS. THAT’S IMPORTANT TOWARDS INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE RISK PROFILE THAT THE WOMAN HAS FOR THE CURRENT PREGNANCY. JOCELYN: WHAT QUESTION SHOULD WOMEN BE BRINGING WHEN THEY MEET WITH YOU? THE QUESTIONS WOULD BE, WHERE THEY THEMSELVES DELIVERED PREMATURELY? DOES THEIR MOTHER HAVE PREECLAMPSIA? THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN INCORPORATE INTO THE CURRENT PREGNANCY CARE AND MANAGEMENT THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP US TO MAKE CHANGES AND LOOK FORTHESE ARE RISK FOR THE PATIENT. JOCELYN: WHAT DON’T WOMEN ASK YOU ABOUT? A LOT OF THINGS. I THINK ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS HAS BEEN A SEXUAL HISTORY. I THINK THAT HAS RAMIFICATIONS AS WELL. JOCELYN: THAT IS SOMETHING A LOT OF WOMEN DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT. CORRECT. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE PATIENT AND MAKE THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE, SUCH THAT YOU CANNOT ONLY JOKE ABOUT IT, BUT YOU ARE GLEANING INFORMATION A LITTLE BETTER AT A TIME. I THINK ONCE YOU START TO GET THAT DEGREE OF REPORT, — RAPPORT, IT’S GREAT TO GET THAT INFORMATION AND HELP THEM MAKE BETTER CHOICES. JOCELYN: A LOT OF WOMEN ALSO DON’T REALIZE THAT AN OB/GYN IS PRIMARY CARE’S PHYSICIAN. CORRECT. WE DO MANAGE THINGS LIKE HYPERTENSION, THYROID DISEASE, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, OBVIOUSLY IF WE HAVE CONCERNS, WE WILL FIND THEM OUT. FOR THE MOST PART, WE CAN MANAGE THESE THINGS. JOCELYN: YOU TOLD ME SOMETHING ABOUT HOW HEALTH — HOW HEART HEALTH IMPACTS WOMEN. CAN YOU EXPLAIN MORE? JOCELYN: IN PREGNANCY, — IN PREGNANCY, IT’S INTERESTING THAT GESTATIONAL DIABETES WHICH IS BECOMING MORE PREVALENT AND PREECLAMPSIA CAN LEAD TO ADVERSE BIRTH OUTCOMES. IT’S ASSOCIATED WITH THE FUTURE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. WITH MY PATIENTS, I WILL MAKE — I WILL INFORM THEM OF THE BENEFITS TO STAYING HEALTHY IN PREGNANCY TO AVOID THESE PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS. AND IF YOU HAVE THEM, IT WILL BE LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION AND YEARLY ASSESSMENT TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T DEVELOP FUTURE THINGS LIKE HEART DISEASE OR STROKE. JOCELYN: IT COULD BE LONGER THAN USUAL NOW? WE DON’T NEED TO DO BREAST EXAMS AS OFTEN. WE DON’T NEED TO DO PAP TESTS AS OFTEN. WE DON’T NEED TO DO PELVIC EXAMS AS OFTEN. IN THE TIME MY PARENTS ORGANIZATION SAYS WE DON’T NEED TO DO THESE THINGS, THE GET THE GOURMET, I USE MORE EDUCATION. JOCELYN: DR.

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