Advice for women from women

Last year’s Health Quest’s annual “Ladies Night Out” covered three female-centric topics, two related to the life of every woman and the other affecting far more women than it should. Speaking before a sizeable crowd in the banquet hall at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill in November, three female Health Quest-affiliated physicians discussed three important topics: geriatric wellness, how to treat menopause, and how better to read the signs of cardiovascular disease.

Barbara Kram, corporate director of marketing for Health Quest, noted there were many more female physicians around today than when the event kicked off in 2004. Liza Oz, wife of noted physician and Oprah Show guest Dr. Mehmet Oz, wound up the evening with a pep talk based on the ideas discussed in her recent book Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships That Matter Most.

The program was varied. Jodi Friedman, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Northern Dutchess Hospital, gave a rundown on the center’s services. Laura Kaye, a obstetrician and gynecologist at the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Putnam Hospital Center, talked about the menopausal process. In her talk, Sarah Levin, a cardiologist affiliated with the Hudson Valley Heart Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center, explored the risks of heart disease in women.