February is American Heart Month - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

February is American Heart Month

The Madison VA Cardiology Team supports heart health!

The Madison VA Cardiology Team supports heart health!

By Gail Gunter Hunt, LCSW, Women Veterans Program Manager
Monday, January 31, 2011

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women?  In the United States, 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease.

WHAT CAN WOMEN DO?
1.  Know your numbers: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, weight
2.  Ask for help to quit smoking:  Medication and counseling are available.
3.  Take your medications as prescribed.  Call your provider if you have questions or think you may be having side effects.
4.  Be physically active every day.  Follow the advice of your health care provider about the type of physical activity that is best for you.
5.  Eat healthy.  East less sodium (salt), saturated fat, transfat, and foods high in cholesterol.
6.  Ask about the MOVE program at the VA.  MOVE is designed to help you adapt a healthy lifestyle and manage your weight. 

Women can lower their risk of developing heart disease by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Please attend the following lecture to learn about heart disease and women:

Women and Heart Disease:  Never Call a Bagel a Donut
February 17, 2011, noon-1pm, GRECC conference room
Karen Moncher, MD FACC
VA and UW Cardiology

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