Top FirstLine Therapy Health Tips of 2013

Don’t skimp on sleep.
Why are those ZZZs so vital? Because getting too little sleep can have serious health effects. Research has shown that chronic sleep deprivation increases your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke. Sleep problems have also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as increased risk of liver disease in heavy drinkers. Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night — so you should go to bed early enough to get that much. If you regularly have trouble falling asleep, discuss it with your doctor.

Stretching can protect your knees — whether or not you exercise.
Stretches that focus on the calf, hamstring and quadriceps muscles take pressure off of the knees and kneecaps. Some good stretches to protect the knees include step-ups, hamstring curls and straight-leg lifts. Additionally, stretches that focus on building flexibility in the hips can help alleviate knee pain.

Avoid going to extremes — like eliminating carbs — in your diet.
It’s become such a cliché — moderation and finding a balance. But when you look at all the components of both weight loss and weight maintenance, that’s really what it’s about: finding behaviors that you can stick with and that don’t feel like deprivation. Instead of deprivation, look at making improvements. How often are sweets a part of your normal routine now? If it’s every day, cutting back to two or three days a week is an improvement.

Women with average breast cancer risk should start getting mammograms at 40.
The American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging, as well as various other groups, recommend that an average woman (a woman with no significant risk factors such as family history or testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation) should undergo annual screening mammograms starting at age 40.

Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine Recognized as Top Doctors for Women

The doctors at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine have been recognized as the Best Doctors for Women in Chicago year after year, The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News, and Super Doctors, top 5% of Chicago metro area physicians.

Dr. Vesna Skul is a founder and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, a multispecialty holistic medical practice for women.

Dr. Skul is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University. Her career has been devoted to caring for women in all phases of their lives.

Through her work with the leadership of the American College of Physicians, she has helped shape guidelines for educational requirements of internists through all of the nation’s medical universities. This earned her, among many other teaching awards, the College’s highest recognition, the Laureate Award.

Dr. Skul speaks on a wide range of topics to professional and lay audiences around the country. Her areas of expertise within women’s health include menopause management and the integration of alternative and complementary medicine into mainstream medical practice.

She is also the Medical Director of Dr. Skul’s Center for Well-Being to enhance her patients’ natural beauty. Every patient’s individual need is addressed thoroughly, respectfully and comprehensively by a team of carefully chosen professionals.

Recognized by her peers, Dr. Skul has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News and awarded Super Doctor in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Skul was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Chicago. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results will be published in Chicago Super Doctors, a special advertising section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Dr. Danuta Hoyer is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rush Medical College. She is a board certified Internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush Medical College, where she has been recognized for her teaching of students and residents. She is a founding partner at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine.

Dr. Hoyer’s areas of expertise include management issues of mature patients with multiple medical problems. She has special expertise in caring for women with neurological problems, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and integrates complementary and alternative medicine into her practice.

Known in the Chicago area as the “doctor’s doctor”, she has been among the best doctors in Chicago for many years. Dr. Hoyer has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News and named Super Doctor in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Hoyer was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Chicago. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results will be published in Chicago Super Doctors, a special advertising section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

She balances her busy professional life with assisting her husband in raising two young sons. Dr. Hoyer finds joy in music, travel and entertaining family and friends.

Dr. Jean Walker is a graduate of the medical school at University of Illinois-Chicago/Rockford, and performed her Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. After residency, Dr. Walker joined the Rush Center for Women’s Medicine, practicing with three other internists (including Vesna Skul, MD and Danuta Hoyer, MD) before joining with Doctors Skul and Hoyer to open the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine.

Dr. Walker’s practice philosophy is one of respecting and listening to patients, and providing exceptional medical care using conventional, alternative, minimally invasive and natural methods. She believes that to practice good medicine a doctor must first listen to her patients, providing and supporting alternative methods to optimize healthcare.

As an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, she believes in and follows a more natural supported labor and birth, and is a strong proponent of minimally invasive surgery, as a last resort.

Dr. Walker has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News.

Dr. Walker thoroughly enjoys being an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She believes in the work she does at the Center, and greets each day with enthusiasm and a passion for medicine.