NWWC Newsletter
DECEMBER 2013
From all of us at Northwest Women's Consultants, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year.
We Want to Know...How Are We Doing?

At Northwest Women's Consultants, we value the opinions of our patients and want to give you the opportunity to let us know how we are doing. We have created a short online survey and we'd greatly appreciate your thoughts.

Note: We do not collect your name or e-mail so your answers are completely anonymous. You may also skip a question if it does not relate to your experience with our practice.

Click here to take our online survey. Thank you for your time.
What Our Patients Have Said...

"Dear Dr. Blazek: Thank you so very much for your gentle caring ways. I was a wreck when I came to you and you eased my mind and made me feel safe. I have no other choice to fight and with a doctor like you in my corner, maybe I will come out a champ! You are not only an amazing doctor but a beautiful, kind person as well."
-Laurie
Featured Article
Heart Disease: Know Your Risk

The number one killer among people in the United States is heart disease. You can walk around for years, with a bad heart and be completely in the dark. There are many things that can affect your heart, some are genetic, and others are brought on by the lifestyle you lead.

You need to know all there is to know about your body, including your heart. The more you know the better you are at making informed decisions. Your heart is what keeps you alive, and it can also cause you an untimely demise. A healthy heart is a heart that is disease free or well managed.

Alcohol consumption, drug abuse, lack of medical treatment, and poor eating habits are risk factors you can control, change or eliminate. There is an old saying that really rings true, "You are what you eat." If you eat junk, your body and your heart will let you know. Your heart is a living organ. Blood and oxygen flows through and to your heart. Eating sugary and greasy foods can clog your arteries and can lead to stroke, heart attack or possibly death.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack
The symptoms of a heart attack are not always easy to recognize. In the movies, you might see someone holding his or her chest, and falling to the ground. Although these are signs of a heart attack, there are other signs that are not noticeable, and probably just as deadly. Many heart attacks take on a variety of symptoms. These symptoms are often masked by other symptoms, which makes heart attacks difficult or nearly impossible to recognize. Here are some unusual symptoms you need to look out for.
  • Dizzy or lightheaded
  • Chest pain, pressure or uncontrollable sneezing
  • Pain, numbness or discomfort in the neck, jaw, arms, back or between the shoulder blade
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cold sweaty or clammy skin
Women often experience more unusual side effects of an oncoming heart attack than men. Women may become tired for an extended period of time, have heartburn, heart flutter, loss of appetite or develop a cough. Nausea and vomiting are other signs women are most likely to experience. If you are a woman and are experiencing any of these signs, now is the time to talk to your doctor, or get a physical examination. Your heart is worth the visit.

So What's the Good News?
There is always good news, even in the worst case scenario. The good news is you can control your heart disease. Although, your family history is one filled with bad history and risk factors, there are other factors that play a part in how healthy your heart is. The more risk factors you are exposed to, the more at risk you are for heart disease. Unfortunately, you cannot control your age or your family medical history.

Changing your lifestyle is essential to a good heart, and a healthy start. You can prevent plague build up in your arteries. High blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and obesity all affect the health of your heart, but these are all diseases, and habits you can control with medication, good eating and exercise. However, there are some medical conditions and illnesses that you cannot control, no matter how much you might want to.

Knowing that you are in control of how healthy your heart is should make you happy. You determine whether or not you want a healthy heart, or a weak and diseased heart.

The risk factors you cannot change are depression, anxiety, poverty, sleep apnea and stress. Environmental and emotional stresses are factors that you cannot change, without professional intervention. Your emotional well being determines whether or not you can properly take care of your general health. All working organs depend on your ability to provide them with the right treatment and nutrition.
Q&A
Do I get an HPV (human papilloma virus) test with my pap smear?

In all our patients aged 30-64, an HPV test is done with your pap smear. We do this test because it has been shown that an HPV test is more sensitive than a pap alone in detecting pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix. If both your pap and HPV test are negative, you can have peace of mind that you do not have a high grade (pre-cancerous) cervical lesion or cervical cancer.

For more answers, click here to visit our frequently asked questions page.
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1630 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
(847) 394-3553

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.