VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
VA Illiana Sponsors Program for Women's Heart Health
VA Illiana Health Care System Sponsors Program for Women Heart Health
To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS), in conjunction with the Federal Women’s Program had a Heart Health Awareness Program and Fair recently.
Most women are more aware of how to take good care of their skin or hair than they are about how to take good care of their heart. VAIHCS wants to change that. This event provided women with important information about knowing your personal risk factors for heart disease; provided free blood pressure screenings, determine your Body Mass index (BMI), provided information about cholesterol, heart healthy cooking demonstrations with samples, provide options to quit smoking (free patches for Veterans and VA employees), and much more. Husbands, sons, brothers are also welcome to attend this event. Show the women in your life that you care about their heart.
The VA Women’s Health Care Program has been in existence since 1985. At VAIHCS, women’s Veteran’s healthcare is delivered in an environment that is warm, comfortable and private. The women’s program provides a full range of medical and mental health services including; comprehensive primary care providers, gynecological services (birth control, Pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams), patient education, reproductive care, maternity care, preventative healthcare screenings (mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, osteoporosis), screening and counseling for sexual trauma, substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, domestic violence, menopause management and hormone therapy and much more.
VAIHCS activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with The Office on Women's Health (OWH) and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.
About The Heart Truth
Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009) most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. A nationwide campaign, The Heart Truth, is underway to raise awareness that women need to protect their heart.
The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.
This national campaign is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.
For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.