Friday is National Wear Red Day

Support VA’s fight against women’s No. 1 killer


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Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of American women. Every year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. Women Veterans are included in this at-risk population and may be at higher risk due to higher rates of depression and other co-morbid conditions.

Fortunately, about 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

VA and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women have been partnering since 2012 to raise awareness nationwide.

In order to connect Veterans with needed services at VA or in the community, effective outreach and community engagement strategies are needed. VA and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women have been partnering since 2012 to raise awareness nationwide.

Special webinar on maternal health and the heart

You’re invited to join a special VA and American Heart Month webinar on Feb. 18.

It’s titled “From Pre-Conception to Post-Partum” and will focus on understanding the connection between maternal health and cardiovascular health.

It will start at 1:30 p.m. ET and can be accessed here.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, yet the misconception remains that it is predominantly a man’s disease. VA and the American Heart Association are partnering once again this year to Go Red for Women during American Heart Month to encourage women Veterans to take charge of their heart health and reduce their risks.

Prevention of nearly 80% of cardiac events is possible. Understanding how to reduce heart disease risks can be the difference between life and death.

Watch the Woman Take Heart video: Battling Heart Disease & Stroke.

Author

Hans Petersen

Hans Petersen is senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.