Risks of high cholesterol include fat deposits within arterial walls that over time can make blood difficult to pass. This can be a significant problem as studies have shown that the deposits of cholesterol have the ability to break off and form a clot which can result in the form of a heart attack or stroke.
Diabetes is a condition involving insulin and how your body produces and regulates insulin. This is important in a healthy body as insulin regulates your body’s blood sugar. It is important to understand there are three types, Type 1 often referred to as juvenile diabetes, Type 2 adult-onset diabetes, and gestational diabetes found in pregnancies
Risks of diabetes:
If blood sugar is not controlled and is too high, this is when it begins to damage vital internal organs, blood vessels, and nerves. This is a long-term, chronic medical condition. There is no cure for diabetes, but a healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss can be beneficial. Hypertension: Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on your arterial walls in your heart to all the parts of your body. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published new guidelines and define hypertension as a blood pressure stage 1; 130/80 stage 2; 140/90. Having hypertension places you at risk for heart attack and stroke which is also known as the leading cause of death in the United States. Symptoms of High blood pressure may not be felt by a patient. Some symptoms reported include headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, and nose bleeds. If you feel you may have high blood pressure it is recommended you make an appointment with a healthcare professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
A well woman exam is a regular gynecologic exam that’s focused on preventive care. Like other types of preventive checkups, the goal is to identify a potential problem while it can be prevented or easily treated.
During a well woman exam, you’ll receive some or all of the following services:
- Breast exam
- Pelvic exam with Pap smear
- Blood tests, if needed
- Screening for osteoporosis
- Screening for chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure
- Family planning, including preconception counseling and birth control
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases
- Counseling about diet and nutrition
- Women’s health education
While most women should get a yearly gynecologic checkup, the frequency of your well woman exam depends on your overall health and whether you’re at a higher risk for gynecologic problems. If it’s been longer than a year since your last checkup, contact Naples Women’s Center to schedule an appointment for your preventive exam.
Please don’t hesitate to call us any time you have a question about your health, but be sure to schedule an appointment if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Bleeding between periods or prolonged, heavier-than-normal bleeding
- Frequent and urgent need to urinate or burning sensation during urination
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially during or after intercourse
- Pain or pressure in your pelvis that’s not menstrual cramps
- Itching, burning, or soreness in vaginal area
- Sores or lumps in genital area
- Vaginal discharge with unpleasant odor or unusual color
- Pain or discomfort during intercourse