Men and women are NOT alike. Women’s health issues have come to the forefront of medical attention over the last few years. Medical science has described how women may present with cardiovascular disease very differently from men. This is the case with many disease entities – women may present differently, express diseases differently and have different consequences from these diseases than men. Prior to the age of menopause, men have twice as many cardiovascular events as women. After menopause, the ratio flips, and women have 1.5 times as many events as men. As such, the DiGiovanna Family Health and Wellness Center is committed to Women’s Health and the recognition of disease entities that affect mainly women or affect women differently. Here are a few examples of women’s health programs that we focus on:
Male sexual dysfunction is a multi-billion dollar industry. Men are known to have 2 kinds of sexual dysfunction. Women are known to have 5 different kinds of sexual dysfunction. These facts have largely been ignored by the pharmaceutical industry as very few treatments have been developed. The DiGiovanna Family Health & Wellness Center has been working to develop and promote new treatments for all types of female sexual dysfunction. First, to recognize what sexual diagnosis a woman has, then to recommend various treatment options, which may range from natural products to FDA-approved pharmaceuticals to novel, compounded medications, all in an effort to address the underlying cause.
Potentially, a devastating disease. Not all women develop decreasing bone density after menopause, but for those that do, there are no symptoms until a traumatic event occurs leading to a fracture. Medical statistics show that 1/3 of women who sustain an osteoporotic hip fracture will DIE from complications of the hip fracture. The DiGiovanna Family Health & Wellness Center is committed to the prevention of osteoporotic fractures. We perform state of the art DEXA (bone density) scanning using the GE Lunar Bone Density System. We also perform all aspects of treatment for low bone density, such as Prolia injections, Forteo and Tymlos injections, Reclast infusions, bisphosphonate therapies and natural supplements to augment bone formation. We also focus on recognizing those that are at risk for falls and subsequent fractures by incorporating a Fall Risk Recognition & Prevention Program.
So many women are bothered by non-specific pelvic pain and dysfunction. Many of these cases go undiagnosed and may be related to a gynecological infection. A pelvic examination is performed and a simple swab with the Ampiprobe® Women’s Health Panel can detect up to 13 different pathogens.
Recognizing that women present differently from men in cardiovascular diseases, the healthcare providers at the DiGiovanna Family Health & Wellness Center take special care to evaluate each patient in a unique and personalized fashion. We have an onsite cardiovascular testing facility to provide immediate testing and evaluation of cardiovascular problems with the oversight of a board-certified Cardiologist.
The DiGiovanna Family Health & Wellness Center provides screenings of cervical, ovarian, breast, skin, colon and thyroid cancers. We also provide genetic testing and counseling for women at risk for a variety of cancers.