When it comes to maintaining their health, women face more complexities than men. Not only do women have to account for factors like childbirth and menopause, but many common health conditions affect women differently. For example, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., but women are more likely to die after a heart attack. The good news is that women are typically proactive with preventive health visits. Still, it’s challenging to stay on top of the latest women’s health guidelines when it comes to exams and screenings.
“It can seem overwhelming, but the earlier women start with preventive care, the better,” says Dr. Mary Rosser, an OB-GYN at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Early patient-centered care for screening and prevention is crucial to maintain positive health outcomes. We need to address women’s overall health in a comprehensive, personalized manner, so that the care is focused on the individual patient, her risk, and her needs.”
Dr. Rosser is chair of a new American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) task force created by ACOG’s president to focus on providing women more efficient, personalized care throughout their lives. The campaign is called “Revist the Visit.” She spoke with Health Matters about the exams, tests, and screenings women should prioritize at every stage of life.