Targeting Healthcare for Women Patients

Posted on April 02, 2018

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Source: Everyday Health

Hospitals and medical institutions across the country are offering more programs specifically designed with the needs of women patients in mind. While many health conditions pose the same risks to men and women, there are often gender-specific differences in how certain diseases develop, in the presentation of signs and symptoms, and how a patient responds to treatment.

Speaking of Women's Health Executive Director Dr. Holly L. Thacker discusses how women’s health needs are affected by reproductive factors, life cycle, hormones, and genetics, and women metabolize some medications differently and can have expressions of disease that are different from those in men.

“Women’s health needs are affected by reproductive factors, life cycle, hormones, and genetics,” says Holly Thacker, MD, the director of the Center for Specialized Women's Health at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “They metabolize some medications differently and can have expressions of disease that are different from those in men.”