Updates on Women's Health

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH WINTER 2021

STAYING IN TOUCH AND CONNECTED

You probably received an email or letter from us in October 2020 regarding a ‘touch base’ appointment at 6-months from your last annual visit.  As mentioned, there is simply too much to cover at the usual annual visit in 45 to 60 minutes.  The purpose of this additional visit is to review and update your most important women’s health and general health issues to help you stay on track during these challenging times. 

We continue to refine and master the coordination of your primary health care and women’s specialty needs.  We are unique in providing in-office bilateral breast and pelvic ultrasound for screening of early-stage cancers and pre-cancers (35-year experience).  Your plan will be individualized according to your stage of life, current and past health status and future desires.  We will strive to minimize your health care costs by helping you choose the best value for in (and out of) network care, screenings, laboratory testing, contraception, hormone replacement and other prescription medications.

I am optimistic and excited about this proactive approach as we move into a new season of managing the Big 7 health risks for women. 

Our office remains Covid SAFE with strict hygiene, exhaust ventilation technology and only one patient in the office at a time.  For those who prefer, virtual phone and facetime visits are also available. 

Feel free to call with questions and/or to schedule a convenient time for your 6-month ‘touch base’ appointment.  Simply follow our easy ‘Preparation for My Visit’ protocol.  Insurance covers these follow-up visits with appropriate billing codes per usual.  Be well, be safe and feel assured that you can continue your care with us as before.  We are honored by and appreciate your referrals.

Because your health matters, cancer prevention works and it’s about TIME.

Sincerely and 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 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
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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





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