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 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

March 30, 2020
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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!

Connecting the key research, the key phrases and best practices...

...EARLY DETECTION IS YOUR BEST PROTECTION

...STAND UP TO CANCER

THIS IS THE TALK...WE NOW EXPAND THE EFFORT TO WALK THE WALK

You can pass the word...

ULTRASOUND BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCER SCREENING OF THE NAPA VALLEY

NOT MORE THAN YOU NEED JUST MORE THAN YOU'VE EXPERIENCED

Cancer doesn't wait, why should anyone? Join us in making Breast and Ovarian Cancer...HISTORY.

John T. Armstrong Jr. MD MS and Staff
3434 Villa Lane Suite 360
Napa, CA. 94558
707 257-4317
fax 707 257-4319