When women are asked about their priorities, the top answers consistently lean towards work and family. Where does that leave a woman’s personal health issues? Many times women place their own well-being on the backburner to attend to life’s other demands. Which is why this week women are being reminded to look after themselves and concentrate more on their health as a part of National Women’s Health Week.
National Women’s Health Week begins every year on Mother’s Day and is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health in an effort to have women take a closer look at their health and how to improve it. While all women should stay active and eat healthy along with seeing a doctor for wellness checks and preventative screenings, there are different health concerns for different stages of a woman’s life. It is important for women to have an ongoing conversation with their doctors on the following topics:
- General concerns such as healthy and unhealthy behaviors
- Annual screenings and shots
- Reproductive and sexual health issues
- Family health history including heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer and other types of cancer
- Mental health matters such as stress and depression
Heart disease continues to be the #1 killer of women in this country, yet too many times women will dismiss any indications or warning signs of heart problems due to their busy schedule. Add that to the fact that symptoms for a heart attack are different for women than they are for men, and you have a potentially deadly combination. Unfortunately, even doctors will sometimes misdiagnose a potentially deadly heart attack as something much less serious.
Women should also pay attention to their bodies when it comes to stress. Due to a difference in hormones and brain chemistry, women face a higher risk than men of stress causing more severe problems. Common side effects include problems with sleep, digestion, memory, weight gain, back pain and irregular periods. Once again, the problem occurs when doctors attribute a woman’s medical complaint to side effects of stress and fail to diagnose the actual illness.
While responsibilities to work and family are important, it is vital that women take a step back to focus on their own physical and mental health. And when they do, it is the responsibility of medical professionals to provide the correct diagnosis and treatment when there is something wrong. If you or someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice due to a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose an injury or illness, it can be life changing. Contact the experienced and compassionate attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.