National Women’s Health Week was created by the Office on Women’s Health as a way to encourage women to take care of themselves and make health a priority. This is an especially important reminder during this time of COVID-19. Here are tips focused on your mental, cardiovascular, and preventative health.
The Coronavirus outbreak in the United States has altered all aspects of daily living. Misty Richards, MD, MS, Medical Director of Perinatal Psychiatry, shared “For women who are pregnant or have children, the enormous responsibility to care for their families may be amplified during this unprecedented time in history. As new information is presented, and guidelines rapidly evolve, women must prioritize their mental health as they fight to protect their families. In addition to combating anxiety through accessing up-to-date information, it can be helpful to know that mental health supports are one phone call away. Social distancing is not synonymous with social isolation and, while we are resilient, we are not alone.”
As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, Alexender Chiang. MD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in UCLA OBGYN, encourages us to “look beyond the current situation we’re all facing and look on the bright side. Women have always played a central role in medical decision making for their families, often putting off their own healthcare needs. Fortunately, the availability and rapid adoption of telemedicine has empowered women to seek care for themselves and their families. With more options for women to access care during these unprecedented times, we as a society will all be better off. The future is indeed just a bit brighter already.” Schedule a video visit directly through myUCLAhealth.
Marcella Calfon Press MD, PhD, Co-Director of the UCLA Cardiovascular Women’s Center, shares that their mantra “Move frequently, Eat thoughtfully, Connect Deeply” has never felt more important. During this COVID pandemic, it is so important for women to focus on living a heart healthy lifestyle. Reducing stress, getting a full night’s rest, maintaining a healthy diet and daily exercise can reduce the risk of major cardiac events and boost our immune system. It’s never too early or too late to start living healthy.
Jeannine Rahimian, MD, MBA, Associate Professor of UCLA OBGYN, reminds us that “we are fortunate to be living in an era where we have resources and access to tests and procedures to prevent diseases and improve our quality of life. From breast cancer imaging to pap smear screening, preconception testing and screening tests in pregnancy, there is so much doctors can do to help women prevent or minimize illness and disease. As physicians, we are fortunate to be able to serve our patients with evidence based methods. At UCLA, we are especially grateful for the opportunity to take care of our patients every day with the highest standards of care.” Schedule a well-woman appointment today!