Most of us do it – either for ourselves or others – we use search engines to check on symptoms before we decide whether to see a doctor. Pew reports that 35% of Internet users, especially Millennial women, search for health-related information online.
But there are better and more effective ways to take control of your health. During May, Women’s Health Month, make sure you are taking care of yourself and the women (and men) you love. In a world of increasingly complicated and sometimes conflicting medical advice and information, knowing where to go for help is paramount.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor:
What are my personal health goals for the future?
Are there tests I should consider for my health?
What are some good health habits I should take up?
If I have a family history of a health issue what do I need to do to?
The questions you ask your doctor may help you learn what steps you can take to help prevent certain illnesses and health problems. Consulting with your physician and getting regular checkups and preventive screenings are the first steps in taking care of yourself. As women get older it’s also important to have a health checkup list that includes screenings for heart disease, eye disease, colorectal cancer and osteoporosis.
Another way to find important health information is through the website, Get Healthy Stay Healthy. A team of healthcare specialists helped develop the information on the site, providing readers/viewers some of the most up-to-date information on a variety of medical topics and health issues.
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Patient Officer, Pfizer, heads the medical team that develops the website. The website helps connect people with free reliable, easy-to-understand and practical information that can help everyone take a more active role in their health.
Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Lewis-Hall as she discussed women’s health issues, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis and how the website can be of support to everyone in their journey to get healthy and stay healthy.
See the entire interview here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z0UcOLrvjmw
For more information, go to www.gethealthystayhealthy.com.
BIO: Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA
During her 35-year career in medicine, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall has been on the frontlines of health care as a clinician, researcher, and leader in the biopharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. An award-winning advocate for health equity and improved outcomes for all patients, she provides consumer health insight and commentary on national programs such as “Dr. Phil,” and “The Doctors,” and is a regular speaker making dozens of appearances a year at consumer and health care conferences.
Appointed by President Obama to the inaugural Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in 2010, Dr. Lewis-Hall currently guides patient advocacy efforts for Pfizer as Chief Patient Officer and EVP. Prior to her work in industry, she led research projects for the National Institutes of Health and was vice Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine.
Dr. Lewis-Hall is co-editor of the book Psychiatric Illness in Women: Emerging Treatments and Research and gives health analysis, tips, and wellness information through the consumer health website, GetHealthyStayHealthy.com. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Howard University College of Medicine, she serves on numerous boards including Harvard Medical School, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, FasterCures, SpringWorks Therapeutics, and PCORI.
Interview is courtesy: Pfizer