There’s a good reason for the increasing focus on women’s health: Women have a longer life expectancy than men, but still manage to make up less than half the world’s population. In the simplest of terms, men tend to live shorter, healthier lives while women live longer lives with more health issues. Yet, since women tend to make most of the health decisions for their families, they play a critical role in the overall health of the community.
Unfortunately, many women lose sight of their own health as they tend to spend their energy taking care of others — their children, their parents, their partners — that they neglect their own health often times until their health fails or otherwise forces their attention. Bergen New Bridge Medical Center’s Women’s Health Program in Paramus is dedicated to turning that table around.
“Our focus,” says Dr. Naglaa Rizk, , Medical Director of Bergen New Bridge’s Ambulatory Services, “is not on patching up our female patients so they can go back to taking care of others. Instead, we take care of each woman — all of her.”
Join Dr. Rizk in a discussion on a variety of women’s health topics at The Power of Pink event, which will take place at the Bergen New Bridge Auditorium, 6-8 p.m., on Oct. 29. The event is for women of all ages, and topics include changes in the body throughout life, emotional well-being, hormonal wellness and more.
Gynecologists at Bergen New Bridge specialize in both general gynecology as well as minimally invasive surgery including the treatment of menstrual disorders, fibroids, cysts and endometriosis. The screening programs at Bergen New Bridge’s GYN division are multifactorial.
Although cancer screening tops the list of common screenings, especially for breast and cervical cancer, there is also a focus on the leading cause of death in women: heart disease. To address heart disease, all its causes must be addressed including compounding factors (even the less common ones): obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, substance abuse, alcohol and caffeine intake.
“Women’s health is not just about gynecologic health,” Dr. Rizk says, “It’s not just about mammograms and menopause. It’s about paying attention to all the details that women forget about while they are taking care of everyone else.
“That’s our job at Bergen New Bridge, to help you take better care of you.”