VA Palo Alto Health Care System
February is Heart Health Month
February is American Heart Health Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart health for women Veterans by asking women Veterans to Know Your Numbers (Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Body Weight) this February.
Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths in all women every year in the United States. They kill one woman every 80 seconds. An estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease.
Heart disease is preventable by living a heart-healthy lifestyle. We are encouraging women Veterans to take control of their health. We want them to:
- Check in with their primary care provider
- Be more active
- Have a heart healthy diet
- Manage weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
- Quit smoking
This year we are encouraging women Veterans to talk to their providers about heart health. After all, a healthy heart equals a better life.
Resources for Heart Health Support
- American Heart Association (AHA): Funds heart disease medical research studies and offers comprehensive information about various heart conditions and treatments. Sponsors “Go Red for Women.”
- The AHA’s Rise Above Heart Failure online community offers a connection with others for support.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Preventing heart disease and tips on what you can do about it.
- Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat: National campaign to empower women to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack. Also available in Spanish.
- Million Hearts: National initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes over five years.