Season 5 Episode 4: Stroke Prevention/Natural ways to ease menopause symptoms

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Menopause, treating symptoms naturally. Preventing strokes in women.

Treating Menopause Symptoms Naturally

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Menopause is a natural transition in life but the symptoms can wreak havoc in a woman’s life. Sometimes prescribed medications can have harsh side effects. There are natural ways to ease these symptoms. Physicians Assistant Sue Hill is the Integrative Medicine Practitioner at AgenaCare Housecalls. She uses natural methods to help her patients experiencing the symptoms of menopause. Sue shares some of these methods with us on this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act.

Integrative medicine is a great way to incorporate natural methods to help ease the symptoms of menopause. The Mayo Clinic describes integrative medicine as combining the most well-researched conventional medicine with the most well-researched, evidence-based complementary therapies to achieve the appropriate care for each person. It takes into consideration the whole person using an extensive history, before prescribing a treatment. This provides a treatment plan as unique as the person.

Stroke in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, 1 in 5 women between the ages of 55 and 75 will have a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women and kills more women than men. As with heart attacks, sometimes strokes can present differently in women.

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Women are more likely to feel generalized weakness. Women who suffer from migraines often dismiss headaches when they should be seeing a doctor. Dizziness and blurred vision are less common symptoms of a stroke. High blood pressure is a major risk for stroke, and nearly 40% of women have elevated blood pressure or are taking medication to keep their blood pressure under control.

Women also have a higher risk of stroke than men because of factors related to reproduction. Specifically, oral contraceptives, pregnancy and post-menopausal hormone therapy all can increase women’s stroke risk. Also women, on average, live longer than men on average. The risk of stroke increases with age, which increases a woman’s risk for stroke over their lifetimes.

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Sisterhood of the Second Act (SSA) is a production of New Moon Creative Media, LLC for the New Moon Network.  SSA is a lifestyle talk show for women entering a new phase of their lives.  These women may be changing careers.  Retirement might be on the horizon.  They may be caring for elderly parents while raising their own children.  They could also be experiencing an empty nest for the first time in decades.  Whatever their situation, Sisterhood of the Second Act provides trustworthy information they can use to create a joyful, prosperous second act.

Show Notes

Jamie Brackenrich FNP-C

American Stroke Association

Women and Stroke, CDC

Sue Hill, PA (540) 352-4000

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