Posts by Kelly Bilodeau
Mammograms look for signs of breast cancer. They can also provide information on whether a woman has high breast density, which slightly increases risk for developing breast cancer. Here’s what you need to know and do if you’re notified about this risk factor.
Leg pain when walking that eases with rest may be a sign of peripheral artery disease, which raises risk for other cardiovascular problems. Lifestyle changes — keep walking! — and treatment help.
People respond to stress in many ways. If stress-eating is a go-to for you, try these strategies to ease stress and avoid its negative effects on weight.
New research considers whether certain eye conditions may help predict Alzheimer’s disease. The common link? Cardiovascular disease, which is partly preventable.
Stay flexible by adding simple stretches to your day and fitness routine. Stretching aids balance and posture, and helps prevent pain and injury.
Even with all the attention given to the opioid epidemic, it may still be a surprise to some people that prescription pain medication is not always necessary after a surgical procedure. Talking with your doctor about post-surgical pain management will help you understand what to expect.
Bleeding after menopause is likely caused by a noncancerous condition, but it should always be checked to rule out endometrial cancer, the most common gynecological cancer. It’s very curable if found early, and testing (ultrasound or biopsy) can identify most cases.
Many women going through menopause experience symptoms of depression. Hormone therapy may help some women avoid depression, but carries an increased risk of blood clots or stroke. A woman should talk with her doctor and carefully evaluate of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy compared to other treatments for depression.
The skin condition melasma is associated with pregnancy because it can be triggered by hormones, but women who are not pregnant can also have it (as can men). The most significant causes of melasma are hormone fluctuation and sun exposure.
A study found that women who delivered a baby before the 37th week of their pregnancy were more likely to have their blood pressure rise later, but preterm birth or other pregnancy complication does not mean that future cardiovascular disease is a given.