Updates on Women's Health

WOMEN’S HEALTH AUTUMN 2020 STAYING IN TOUCH AND CONNECTED

We often hear...'How are you doing'? Today I ask...'How are you REALLY doing'?

Real life can be challenging. Then came Covid-19, wildfires, smoke, evacuations, power shut offs and yes, politics. Today more than ever it’s important to be and stay as healthy as possible.

So, the question and opportunity is WHAT and HOW to do just that.

  1. Covid-19.
  2. Anxiety and depression. Covid-19 did not help this!
  3. Osteoporosis.
  4. Cardiovascular disease.
  5. Cancer; especially breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, vulvar and colon.
  6. Obesity and diabetes.
  7. Auto accidents and accidental falls
  8. The time-honored strategy to manage these is still the same...PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION.

We all need an individual plan to address each of the above by identifying our strengths and vulnerabilities. Then one can create a strategy to win back our health once and for all.

Our best evidence-based research now REDEFINES the annual checkup. We have found that there is too much to cover once per year in 45 to 60 minutes. The new strategy is to plan the work and work the plan better than ever. It just takes a little more time. So annual is now biannual (twice per year).

We keep your annual check-up basically the same and intersperse a 6 month review in between to be sure we are on track. It is also a good time to reexamine those areas that pose the most risk based on your prior history, family history, new conditions and current health. As you know our center piece for women is CANCER PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION. Along with pap testing, ULTRASOUND is the miracle technology for monitoring and diagnosing women’s pre-cancers and cancers early.

We will begin sending 6-month reminders for this interval step and you are welcome to participate. We will bill the appropriate screening and diagnostic codes so that your insurance plan knows their responsibility in covering these essential services. We have strict hygiene, exhaust ventilation protocols and our office remains Covid-19 safe. For those who prefer, virtual visits are also available.

I encourage each of you to prioritize your health as we move into a new and exciting season of managing the Big 7. The reasons are here, the science is here and our staff are here to accommodate your women’s health needs with this extra focus. One that truly makes a difference.

To Your Health!

Dr. Armstrong and Staff

 

 

John T. Armstrong, Jr. MD, MS and Staff

3434 Villa Lane Ste 360

Napa, California 94558 - United States

Telephone: 707-257-4317

 WOMEN’S HEALTH SUMMER 2020

With so much going on, how do we connect the dots regarding the (3 C’s)?

COVID-19: It is imperative that we stop the spread of Covid-19 AND remain open for Women’s Essential Health services.  Having closed for 3 weeks in March, we are now open for 3 months.  We follow strict safety protocols and see only one patient in the office at a time.  Our discussions pre and post examination are conducted at a distance.  We have perfected this new normal and it works very well.  Virtual visits by phone and face time are also available.

CANCER AVOIDANCE: Comprehensive and simple planning can immensely improve our odds of NOT dying of cancer.  There are only 2 tried and proven ways to beat cancer.  Be blessed to not acquire it and/or find cancer EARLY, BEFORE SYMPTOMS OCCUR.

To find cancer EARLY, we must look for it PRESENTLY.  Simple RISK ASSESSMENT and the MIRACLES of ULTRASOUND imaging are the keys to cancer avoidance planning and early detection.  A recent review of 35 well-designed studies of over 400,000 screening examinations reveals that breast ultrasound consistently improves the detection of early-stage (curable) breast cancers in all density categories more than a mammogram alone.  40% of early-stage breast cancers are found with ultrasound screening often missed by mammograms.

Transvaginal ultrasound is the only proven effective strategy to screen for early-stage endometrial, ovarian, and tubal cancers.  It is performed in-office comfortably and WITHOUT a full bladder.

Candidates for screening are any woman age 25 to 95 with a 5-year life expectancy or longer.  Screening ultrasound in the absence of symptoms or other findings is generally not available in imaging centers.

COST: IS COST A FACTOR?  We strive to lessen the burden of costs for your checkups.  Many health plans require you to pay for your care until your deductible is met.  We can help you choose your best value in screening and work within your budget.

We schedule work-in appointments for the same day and next day for you

Dr. Armstrong and Staff
707 257-4317
Fax 707 257-4319

Hello,

Just an update on our practice since ‘Shelter in Place’

Having been closed for 25 days, we have now REOPENED our office as we are:

  1. Considered an ESSENTIAL medical service.
  2.  Following strict guidelines for SAFETY.

Your exam will be similar to before though has been changed somewhat to enhance safety.  I will review your records and prioritize a list of recommendations and care plan.   Obviously, you have a choice in accepting the tests recommended.  Your visit will be:

  1.  Brief
  2.  Extremely hygienic
  3. Quiet

When done, I will follow-up with a phone call and/or tele-video conference with you to explain all the results and answer questions.  We will have ample time for discussion though not in the usual office setting.    This abundance of caution will be much safer than shopping.

When scheduling your appointment, Valeta will review some simple instructions to prepare for your visit.

Be safe and Welcome back!

Dr. Armstrong and Staff
707 257-4317
Fax 707 257-4319

April 16, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Hello,

Just an update on our practice since 'Shelter in Place'

Having been closed for 25 days, we have now REOPENED our office as we are:

  • Considered an ESSENTIAL medical service.
  • Following strict guidelines for SAFETY

Your exam will be similar to before though has been changed somewhat to enhance safety. I will review your records and prioritize a list of recommendations and care plan. Obviously, you have a choice in accepting the tests recommended. Your visit will be:

  • Brief
  • Extremely Hygienic
  • Quiet

When done, I will follow-up with a phone call and/or tele-video conference with you to explain all the results and answer questions. We will have ample time for discussion though not in the usual office setting. This abundance of caution will be much safer than shopping.

When scheduling your appointment, Valeta will review some simple instructions to prepare for your visit.

Be safe and Welcome back!

Dr. Armstrong and Staff
Tel: (707) 257-4317
Fax: (707) 257-4319

March 30, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

PRACTICE HEALTH ALERT


Now a few health coaching points: Checking in with you to let you know that during the Shelter-in-Place rule, I am available by cell phone at 707 592-0335 for medical questions preferably from 9 AM until 4 PM to accommodate prescription needs and pharmacy hours. Call after hours if urgent.

Be sure to follow the up-to-date, reliable Public Health recommendations and restrictions, especially the 6 feet or more distancing. Many are still standing in long lines closer together.

Call me specifically for breast and pelvic health issues, pain, bleeding, vaginitis, UTI symptoms, etc. as before. Do not go to the ER for these symptoms unless they are dire and for some reason, you cannot reach me.

Review all of your medications. Order your prescription refills at least a week or more in advance and try not to run out. As usual, call your pharmacy first and they will contact me.

It has never been more important to make healthy choices, especially in nutrition, exercise, stress management and cessation of smoking, vaping, excessive alcohol, etc.

Though we are apart, we are not alone. Stay in your family, friend, small group and large group circles by phone and social media.

Attend faith services on-line. Pray for God’s strength as you encourage yourself and help and encourage others.

Call me if I can help further. My staff and I are eager to resume normal office hours and direct care as soon as feasible. Our office will prepare for the safest environment possible on return.

May God bless you and yours in this special time. Sincerely and stay well.

John Armstrong, Staff and our Mascot Dutch the wonder dog!





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.