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VA Connecticut Healthcare System


Women Veterans Health Program

Contact our Women Veterans Health Coordinator at 203-932-5711 ext. 5400.

Female veterans are entitled to the same benefits and services as their male counterparts. Contact our Women's Health Center at 203-932-5711 ext. 5400 to learn more about the services provided at VA Connecticut.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Women Veterans Health Care program works to make certain that all eligible women veterans requesting VA care are assured of:
 Comprehensive primary care by a proficient and interested primary care provider
 Privacy, safety, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs
 The right care in the right place and time
 State-of-the-art health care equipment and technology
 High-quality preventive and clinical care, equal to that provided to male Veterans

Basic Health Advice for Women
 Eat a low fat diet
 Exercise regularly (for 30 minutes, at least five days a week)
 Get adequate sleep (seven or eight hours a night for most people)
 Manage and reduce stress
 Report any breast changes or abnormalities that you discover to your provider
 Avoid heavy drinking (more than one drink a day)
 Avoid too much sun and use sunscreen when exposed to sunlight
 Maintain healthy weight
Women’s Health Checklist
You can find more specific information on healthy living, including online tools at MyHealtheVet.
Get medical exams regularly.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor to develop a personalized exam schedule. Below are common screening tests to include in that discussion. Screening tests are important for identifying problems early, when you have the best chance of treating problems successfully.
 Clinical Breast Exam
 GYN Exam
 Pap Smear
 Mammography
 Colonoscopy
 Blood Pressure Check
 Cholesterol Screening
 Colorectal Screening
 Physical Check-Ups
 HIV Test
Reduce risks of heart disease.
More women Veterans die of heart disease than any other single cause.
 Report any pain or discomfort in the chest, left arm, shoulder, neck, or back
 Do aerobic exercise (such as walking, dancing, bicycling, swimming, rolling in your wheelchair) for 30 minutes, five or more days a week (make sure your provider approves any exercise regimen)
 Maintain/watch your weight
 If you smoke, QUIT
 Control your blood pressure
 Eat a low-fat diet
 If diabetic, control blood sugar
 See your doctor regularly for blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol and other blood tests as recommended, and routine checkups
Discuss menopause concerns and treatment with your primary care provider. 
Symptoms can include:
 Hot flashes
 Night sweats
 Vaginal dryness
 Emotional changes
 Change in interest in sexual activities
Prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones) as you age.
Know your risk factors and the symptoms and take steps to keep your bones strong.
 Eat a diet rich in calcium
 Ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake
 Do weight-bearing exercises for 30 minutes, five or more days a week (walking, dancing, weight training and most sports, except swimming and bicycling)
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis 
 Family history
 Thin/petite build
 Caucasian/Asian descent
 Certain medications (steroids, excessive thyroid hormone)
 Smoking
 Too much caffeine/alcohol
 Decreased estrogen levels
 Lack of physical exercise
 Inadequate calcium & vitamin D
Symptoms of Osteoporosis 
 Loss of height over the years
 Certain types of back pain
 Curved upper back
 Breaking a bone in hip, wrist, or spine from minimal trauma

Our Women's Health Center is located at the West Haven Campus (Building 1, Ground Floor) and can be reached at 203-932-5711 ext. 5400.  Jane Sarja, APRN is the Women Veterans Program Coordinator.


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