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The Benefits of a Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment (and What to Expect!)

The Benefits of a Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment (and What to Expect!)

The annual exam or wellness visit is an opportunity for you and your doctor to review your overall health and to focus on preventive care instead of problems. It is…

Women-Specific Primary Care Leads to Better Outcomes

Women-Specific Primary Care Leads to Better Outcomes

Over the past several years, women’s health has become a more prevalent focus in the news, on social media, and among physicians. For decades, women-specific healthcare has lacked the research…

Is Alcohol the Right Way to Ease Stress?

Is Alcohol the Right Way to Ease Stress?

Times have been stressful lately. Political and racial tensions, economic ups and downs, and a two-year long pandemic have changed our daily routines. For many of us, the anxiety, prolonged…

Ask the Expert: SMART Approaches to Nutrition for Heart, Mind, and Body Health

Ask the Expert: SMART Approaches to Nutrition for Heart, Mind, and Body Health

March is National Nutrition Month! What a great time to pause and take another look at your food choices and what’s best for your overall health and well-being. The American…

Ask the Expert: Healthy Nutrition in the New Year

Ask the Expert: Healthy Nutrition in the New Year

Looking back at the first month of the New Year, many of us have been happy to breathe a sigh of relief that the stress of the holidays is over,…

Ask the Expert: How to Find Joy in Your Holidays and Learn to Stress Less

Ask the Expert: How to Find Joy in Your Holidays and Learn to Stress Less

Holiday markets, twinkling lights, lively shows, festive music, bustling stores, beautiful decorations, and so many lists! December has officially arrived with its usual mix of promise and pressure. As the…

Let’s Talk About Menopause

Let’s Talk About Menopause

Menopause is considered a passage for women. But many of my patients have unanswered questions about what they experience as they go through it.  Unnecessary stigmas prevent us from discussing…

Ask the Expert: Family Health History and Why It Matters

Ask the Expert: Family Health History and Why It Matters

Family health history is one of the most important but overlooked aspects of maintaining good health. It is the single most informative data available to help you understand your risk…

Understanding Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Understanding Your Risk for Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and understanding your own breast cancer risk is a crucial step to being proactive about your health. Women are aware that screening for…

Ask the Gynecologist: Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Ask the Gynecologist: Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

What is PCOS?Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex metabolic and hormonal condition.It is often underdiagnosed in many women and unfortunately could lead to many reproductive and health implications. In…

COVID-19 Monthly Update: August 2021

COVID-19 Monthly Update: August 2021

Delta Variant There are a number of updates on the coronavirus front, as you all are no doubt noticing. The Delta variant, which was first identified in India in December,…

Ask the Gastroenterologist: Explaining the Mystery of Women’s Gut Health

Ask the Gastroenterologist: Explaining the Mystery of Women’s Gut Health

As a female gastroenterologist who specializes in women’s digestive health, many women ask me similar questions, especially as they age. In this article, I address FAQs that commonly arise, and…

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Eileen West, MD about 12 hrs ago
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The scenario plays out like this… you’re sitting at home watching reruns of Friends when your vision blurs. Minutes later your head feels like it's set in a vice, and someone is cranking the lever. With your head throbbing, the nausea kicks in. After making a bathroom stop (goodbye lunch), you climb into bed and pull the covers over your face, lying still in the dark. Can you relate? This is called migraine, and sadly this illness is all too common. ● Approximately 39 million people in the US and 1 billion people worldwide have migraines ● Most people with migraine have 1 to 2 attacks per month which can extend from 4 hours to 3 days ● 36 billion is spent each year on healthcare and loss of productivity due to migraines Add onto those staggering stats this surprise—WOMEN are at greatest risk. Studies show that 8 out of 10 people with migraine are females. While research isn’t fully conclusive as to why, the data points to women’s hormone levels changing. ➡️ If you are battling migraines, please know that you do not need to suffer alone. At Eileen West, MD, and Associates, we are here to help you find the right treatment to prevent migraines and make them less painful. You have a life to lead. We’re here to help you on that journey and provide exceptional care. ⭐️ June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. Share your migraine questions below… We’d love to help. #youdeservebetter #msmedicine #fairfaxphysician #conciergemedicine #lifestylemedicine #doctorsofinstagram #femalephysician #womenshealth #fairfaxdoctor #fairfax #fairfaxva #fxva #dc #washington #loveVA #fairfaxcounty #virginia #northernvirginia #nova #dcarea #dmv #va #nham

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IT’S SELF-CARE SUNDAY. We’re back this week to focus on the importance of self-care and giving you tips on how to practically care for the physical, mental, emotional, & social parts of you. Today’s self-care tip is simple but necessary: Find Ways To Relax Our American society prides itself on doing, doing, doing. Here’s the truth - busy doesn’t equal beneficial. We need a balance of work, play, and rest. Your mind, body, and emotions need periods of relaxation in order to refuel. Here are 10 Ways You Can Relax: ● Meditate ● Do Yoga ● Get a massage ● Take a nature walk or hike ● Journal ● Swim ● Listen to calming music ● Sit in the sun ● Color ● Read a book Self-care isn’t selfish, it is essential. Your brain and body need downtime. Do yourself a favor & RELAX. ➡️ What is your favorite way to relax? Tell us in the comments. #youdeservebetter #msmedicine #fairfaxphysician #conciergemedicine #lifestylemedicine #doctorsofinstagram #femalephysician #womenshealth #fairfax

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More than 80% of women experience hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes can occur during the day or night and have a range of severity. If you fall into the category of moderate to severe, here are 6 tips to help you find relief: 1. Keep the temperature in your home cool. 2. Reduce stress with yoga, tai chi, meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture & massage. 3. Eliminate hot drinks, hot foods, alcohol, caffeine, and cigarette smoking 4. Wear light, breathable clothing during the day and to bed. 5. Sleep with cooling products, including sprays, gels, and a cool-fabric pillow. Use layered bedding that can be easily removed during the night. Cool down with a bedside fan. 6. When a hot flash is starting, try “paced respiration”—slow, deep, abdominal breathing, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe only 5 to 7 times per minute, much more slowly than usual. ➡️ There are some prescription treatments to help with menopausal symptoms. Talk with your primary care doctor to discuss the best path for you. If you currently are seeking a provider, we are here to advocate for your total wellbeing and provide knowledgeable and personal care. Please reach out to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help! References: The North American Menopause Society (mnflashes.pdf), Stat from National Library of Medicine #youdeservebetter #msmedicine #fairfaxphysician #conciergemedicine #lifestylemedicine #doctorsofinstagram #femalephysician #womenshealth #fairfaxdoctor #fairfax #fairfaxva #fxva #dc #washington #loveVA #fairfaxcounty #virginia #northernvirginia #nova #dcarea #dmv #va #menopause

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