Women’s Health


 Steven Yarinsky, MD, FACS   Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC

7 Wells Street, 3rd Floor

583.4019; www.yarinsky.com

Beauty Results for the New Year!

Everyone I know always wants to look their best! We provide affordable non-surgical and minimally invasive options to restore and maintain your youthful appearance. We now offer new DiamondTome™ microdermabrasion with HydroPlus+ Serum Infusion treatment that is a revolutionary solution to get age-defying skin.

Muscle relaxants like Botox® Cosmetic and facial fillers (a “Liquid Face Lift”) and Ultherapy® to tighten facial skin can help you to look years younger. Call me for a consultation to get the look you want for the holiday season and New Year. At your visit, you’ll receive a detailed Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Plan.


Capital District YMCA


Serving Our Community – For a Better Us

When you donate to the Capital District YMCA, you support programs in 6 counties and more than 56 schools, community centers, parks, and more. Our efforts address three key areas:

(1) Youth Development: We see every interaction with young people as an opportunity for learning and development. (2) Healthy Living: We help kids, adults, families and seniors from all walks of life improve their health and well-being. (3) Social Responsibility: We welcome people from all backgrounds and support those who need us most.

Please help us help others. Learn more at www.CDYMCA.org


The Pilates Principle

578 New Loudon Road, Latham

783.1678; www.lathampilates.com

The Pilates Principle was started in 2003 by Nuhar Jaleel, a licensed physical therapist, and a Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise instructor, delivering unparalleled instruction in these exercise methods. Pilates is a term used very loosely these days and many instructors are not qualified to properly progress clients through the classical exercises at a safe, educated pace. Rest assured that our staff is not only highly educated in anatomy and biomechanics, but we know how to modify the classical Pilates exercises for many conditions, such as lumbar or cervical disc issues, spinal stenosis, osteopenia / osteoporosis, pre-natal / post-partum, and neurological involvement. Any body can do Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise with the proper instruction.


Bell zza Salon

46 Fuller Road, Albany, 453.6071

139 Vly Road, Albany, 723.2124


I want to give a huge Thank You to our customers for another super year of friendships, good times and business. I look forward to meeting customers each and every day you walk through our doors.  I am so thankful and appreciate your choosing Bell zza for your beauty services.  Please set the time aside this year to focus on your happiness and health; try yoga, a new excersise, redecorate. Enjoy time alone, travel often, laugh, love, be nostalgic and give back. Happy Holidays from Colleen “Connie” Marcella, owner.



Raising awareness about women and heart disease

By American Heart Association – Albany


Mary Hart was so tired that the normally meticulous housekeeper stepped over her children’s toys and household disarray so that she could just go to sleep.

Ann D’Alessandro said that it felt like she had “Stretch Armstrong arms,” rubbery and flexible enough to wrap around herself.

What neither woman knew was that she was having heart problems. In Hart’s case, months of misdiagnosis led to a heart that eventually functioned at 10 percent of its capacity. D’Alessandro went to the emergency room (after showering and changing clothes) and learned she’d had a heart attack.

“Women’s symptoms of a heart attack or heart disease can be totally different than men’s,” said Dr. Suzie Mookherjee, cardiologist at Albany Medical Center and president of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association. “Most important is that women know their bodies, so that if something changes, they realize it. Also, don’t hesitate to call 911. Waiting too long can damage heart muscle.”

Both women and men can suffer the classic “Hollywood heart attack,” with crushing pain in the center of the chest. But some common symptoms that women might not think are heart disease – but are – include:

• Shortness of breath – this can happen a few weeks before a heart attack. If this is a new symptom, get it checked out.

• Back pain – Irregular pain in the upper or lower back can be a sign of heart disease.

• Jaw pain – Even if it comes and goes, get it checked. Pain sometimes radiates to other parts of the body, like the head, neck and jaw.

• Nausea – Flu-like symptoms or gastrointestinal distress can be signs of a heart attack.

• Fatigue – Many women assume they’re tired because they work; they have children; they just have so much to do. But if fatigue is new or there is more than before, see your doctor.

“Women are often surprised to learn that heart disease is their No. 1 health threat,” Mookherjee said. “Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women.”

Stroke is the No. 5 killer worldwide, and women suffer strokes more frequently than men. Some of this has to do with longevity – since women live longer than men, they are more exposed to stroke.

There are hidden risk factors for women when it comes to stroke. The most common risk factors for men and women are being elderly, overweight, smoking, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Having atrial fibrillation is also a risk factor for stroke.

Risk factors for stroke that are especially important for women under 55 include:

• Migraines: Recent research shows that women who suffer from migraines with aura (visual disturbances such as flashing dots or blind spots) can be up to 10 times more likely to suffer a stroke, depending on other risk factors.

• Birth Control Pills: Women who take even a low-estrogen birth control pill may be twice as likely to have a stroke as those who don’t and the risk may increase if other risk factors are present.

• History of Preeclampsia/ Eclampsia: Women with a history of preeclampsia/eclampsia have an increased risk of future hypertension and stroke one to 30 years after delivery.

• Hypertension: Women with chronic primary or secondary hypertension, or previous pregnancy-related hypertension have an increased stroke risk.

• Hormone Replacement Therapy: Women who take hormone replacement therapy may have a slightly increased stroke risk.

• Autoimmune diseases such as diabetes or lupus can increase the risk of stroke.

• Clotting disorders: Women who’ve had more than one miscarriage may be at higher risk for blood clots, which can increase their chance of a stroke. Other signs of a possible clotting disorder can include previous history of clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and livedo reticularis, a mottled purplish discoloration of the skin.

Reducing even one risk factor can reduce the risk of stroke.

Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol level can all fight heart disease. Most of all, don’t skip your annual physical, and don’t hesitate to visit the doctor if you have any concerns.

Join the Capital Region in raising awareness about women and heart disease by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5. Sign up your workplace, your church, your school, and your friends to wear red and donate $5 to the American Heart Association. Call 626.8750 for information. Learn more about women and heart disease at the 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon on Thrusday, May 26, at the Albany Marriott. Visit CapitalRegionNYGoRedLuncheon.heart.org.

For information, visit www.heart.org/albanyny, GoRedForWomen.org, or heart.org, or call the American Heart Assiociation at 626.8750.


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