It makes sense that Valentine’s Day falls in the month of February since February is designated as American Heart Month. What better time than now to bring awareness of heart health to all, especially women and especially women Veterans?

Most of us are aware that heart disease is a major cause of death for men, but did you know that is the number one killer of women? This is the time, the day, the month for no excuses. Women tend to take care of everyone else in their lives before themselves. So women – today is the day to make a doctor’s appointment for a physical, get your cholesterol and risk factors checked. Today is the day to do it for yourself, your loved ones, your friends.

 

Show yourself some love this Valentine's Day

Of all women under VA care, almost one-third have risk factors for heart disease. VA’s Women’s Health Services office, in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), is bringing awareness and knowledge of heart disease to women Veterans and those who care for them. VA is encouraging everyone, and bringing a special awareness to all women Veterans to live a heart-healthy lifestyle by following these tips: (click links)

• Be physically active

• Reduce your stress

• Balanced diet and improving your diet

• Quitting smoking, or call 1-855-QUIT-VET and let VA help you quit.

• Reducing your alcohol consumption

Spread the word to all women you know – this is the month to do it – for heart awareness month.  And stay heart-healthy!

Learn more at VA.gov

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Published on Feb. 14, 2014

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