VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Know Your Numbers
February is American Heart Month. VA Women's Health Services in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) is joining this national movement to raise awareness and education about heart disease and stroke among women veterans.
Heart Disease in Women
One in three women die from cardiovascular diseases and stroke each year, killing about one woman every 80 seconds. An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.
The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood—even by some physicians. Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack. Women also have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.
Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke; however 80 percent of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.
We encourage you to Know Your Numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI (body mass index) this February.