February 2014 is American Heart Month. Women’s Health Services (WHS) is proud to collaborate with the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring awareness and knowledge to women Veterans, their families and caregivers about heart disease and stroke.
A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy heart. For tips on how to live heart healthy click here.
On February 7, 2014, VA will participate in National Wear Red Day® by asking Veterans and VA staff to wear RED in support of heart health. On this day, WHS will host a national VA Goes Red event to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women’s heart health.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death of women. It kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. In the United States, a woman dies of a heart attack, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease every minute. Approximately one out of every three women experiences some form of cardiovascular disease, and most of those cases are preventable by leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The best way to prevent heart disease is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can reduce the chances of heart disease through a healthy diet and exercise and quitting smoking if you’re a current smoker. Managing stress and limiting alcohol consumption can also help keep you healthy. In partnership with your health care provider, you should discuss your risk for heart disease, have your cholesterol and triglycerides checked, and know your blood pressure levels. These simple steps can help prevent heart disease.
For more information on ways to achieve and sustain heart health, VA offers a wide array of programs for women Veterans. These include:
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Only your health care provider can determine the best method of treatment for heart disease. The course of treatment will depend on the type and severity of heart disease. Potential treatments may include lifestyle changes, medicines, cardiac rehabilitation, or surgical procedures. Smoking, high LDL cholesterol, and high blood pressure are the key risk factors for heart disease. Forty-nine percent of Americans have at least one of these risk factors. There are other medical conditions that put women at a higher risk for heart disease including:
VA is committed to empowering women Veterans to live a heart healthy lifestyle. In coordination with the AHA, VA is Going Red for Women to highlight the importance of women’s heart health. The Go Red campaign stands for:
Please join the AHA and the WHS in celebrating American Heart Month, and support our commitment to keep women Veterans healthy.
VA Goes RED! Poster
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