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Ten Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Ten Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Recently, I went to see my dermatologist, and she noticed a small area on my leg which didn’t look right. She did a shave biopsy. It turned out to be…

COVID-19: Delta Variant Update

COVID-19: Delta Variant Update

The Delta variant which first appeared in India and has now been identified in 96 countries, has now become the dominant strain in the United States, representing more than half…

7 Tips for Headache Prevention

7 Tips for Headache Prevention

Headaches are a leading cause of time spent out of commission–time you were going to use to get work done, go to the gym, spend time with family, but instead…

The Impact of Your Fitness Level on Overall Longevity

The Impact of Your Fitness Level on Overall Longevity

In 2019, a simple fitness test caught headlines in the Washington Post with the provocative title, Can this test tell you how long you’ll live? The test itself is simple,…

Women Deserve Good Sexual Health

Women Deserve Good Sexual Health

It’s estimated that about 41% of women experience sexual dysfunction, compared to 31% of men. So, then, why are there at least six brand name drugs to treat erectile dysfunction…

Understanding and Recognizing ADHD in Women

Understanding and Recognizing ADHD in Women

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by persistent inattention, with or without hyperactivity. Importantly, it causes deficits in executive function. Executive function refers to our brain’s ability…

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Menopause: Timing Matters–don’t wait!

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Menopause: Timing Matters–don’t wait!

Towards the end of 2020, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a statement on “Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Implications for Timing of Early Prevention.” Below are the salient…

Insomnia & Tips for Better Sleep with Anna, NP

Insomnia & Tips for Better Sleep with Anna, NP

Friends, how have you been sleeping? Insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep, is a common symptom of stress or anxiety. So, it’s no wonder that so many of us aren’t…

Heart Attacks & Women: Know Your Risk, Know the Signs

Heart Attacks & Women: Know Your Risk, Know the Signs

There’s more and more conversation around a woman’s heart health – and for good reason. While men are twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to women, heart…

When will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Will I be able to go to Dr. West to receive it when it’s available?

When will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Will I be able to go to Dr. West to receive it when it’s available?

As of December 30th, 2020, in the state of Virginia, only frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (Phase 1a of the…

Want to live longer? Get social.

Want to live longer? Get social.

Relationships with friends, family and coworkers are a source of happiness, joy (and yes, sometimes stress and frustrations). But, when it comes to your health, the good far outweighs the…

Vitamin D and COVID-19 Prevention

Vitamin D and COVID-19 Prevention

Women have known for years that getting enough vitamin D is important to ensure bone health and prevent osteoporosis. Researchers have also noted over the years that vitamin D may…

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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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Eileen West, MDabout 2 days ago
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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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Eileen West, MDabout 6 days ago
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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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