Posted on: January 23, 2015
Women – This Regular Screening Can Save Your Life
by Dr. Navid Mootabar
There’s important news for every woman in a recent report from the Centers for Disease
Navid Mootabar, MD
Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Institute for Robotics & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital
Control and Prevention (CDC): Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women, ages 21 to 65 years, have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. In addition, more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened. Here, I explain which tests you need, when to get screened, and demystify the protective HPV vaccine. I also offer women a silver lining: You rarely have to worry about advanced cervical cancer if you are regularly screened.
Posted on: September 16, 2013
Whooping Cough: Are You Vaccinated?
by Dr. Navid Mootabar, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital. & Dr. Peter Richel, Chief of Pediatrics, Northern Westchester Hospital
Pertussis — more commonly known as whooping cough — might seem like an outdated concern. However, cases have been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The thought had been that there was lifelong immunity from the vaccine. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Immunity lasts about five to ten years. In 2010 there were 27,550 cases of pertussis in the United States, and 3,350 were in infants less than six months of age; the infection was fatal for 25 of those infants. That’s why the CDC now recommends that all pregnant women be immunized.
Posted on: June 28, 2012
Expectant Moms: Summer Survival Guide
An Interview with Dr. Navid Mootabar
By the time summer rolls around, everyone’s so tired of being cold that they can’t wait to get outside and garden, barbecue, head to the beach. But basking in the heat and sun can be hazardous for pregnant women, according to Navid Mootabar, MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.
“A pregnant woman’s body temperature is already a bit higher than normal,” says Dr. Mootabar, who is also the hospital’s Director of Gynecologic Surgery. But by taking a few precautions, even expecting mothers can embrace the joys of summer.