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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A "well" visit to her ob-gyn can benefit a woman's heart, two leading U.S. medical groups say.
"As the leading health care providers for women, ob-gyns provide care that goes far beyond reproductive health and are in a unique position to screen, counsel and educate patients on heart health," said Dr. Haywood Brown, immediate past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
"Ob-gyns have a powerful opportunity to be the secret weapon in the fight against heart disease," Brown added in an ACOG news release.
In a joint advisory, ACOG and the American Heart Association said annual well-woman exams by obstetrician-gynecologists should include a heart disease risk assessment. The advisory emphasizes the value of collaborative care between ob-gyn specialists and cardiologists.
"The annual 'well woman' visit provides a powerful opportunity to counsel patients about achieving and maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle, which is a cornerstone of maintaining heart health," said Dr. John Warner, president of the American Heart Association.
Traditional risk factors for heart disease -- high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity -- affect both sexes, but some may affect women differently or be more significant, according to ACOG.
The statement said ob-gyns are uniquely qualified to identify and treat woman-specific conditions that may increase a woman's risk of heart disease or stroke.
Certain pregnancy complications, for example, indicate a subsequent increase in the mother's heart risk. They include pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, gestational high blood pressure, preterm delivery and low birth weight.
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SOURCE: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, news release, May 10, 2018