Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Charleston VA goes red for women's heart health
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States according to the National Heart Association, causing one in three women’s deaths each year or approximately one woman per minute.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center will hold a Go Red for Women event on Friday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the facility’s Main Auditorium to raise awareness of heart disease among women Veterans and VA employees and their families and friends.
“We plan this event annually because it’s so important for women to know the risk factors of this disease,” said Tushara Rhodes, professional nursing development nurse manager. “This year we really wanted to focus on including employees to incorporate the idea of self-care. If you think about it, it’s hard to take care of others if you aren’t also taking care of yourself.”
Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, poor diet, abnormal cholesterol levels, cigarette smoking and a family history of heart or vascular disease, among others.
The event will feature programs at Charleston VAMC focused on reducing heart disease risk such as the Women’s Health Program, smoking cessation, MOVE! weight loss, nutrition, pharmacy and interventional cardiology. Flu shots, blood pressure screenings and light refreshments will also be offered.
Medical Center Director Scott Isaacks will provide opening remarks and a lineup of speakers will give presentations focusing on the modifiable risks factors for heart disease.
- 8:00 a.m. Scott Isaacks – Director’s Opening Remarks
- 8:30 a.m. Rebecca Luhrs – Exercise/Physical Activity
- 8:50 a.m. Dianne Bozzelli – Heart Healthy Nutrition
- 9:10 a.m. Cheryl Huff – Stress Management