United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Capitol Health Care Network - VISN 5

VISN 5 Patient Health Education

HEALTH TIPS
SEPTEMBER 2014

Preventive Screenings
Prevention really is worth a pound of cure! Many chronic health conditions could be prevented by getting regular screenings. Through regular visits to your health care team, you can take advantage of screenings such as:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancer screenings
  • Lab work to check blood sugar, kidney function, and cholesterol levels

Remember, your health care team wants to assist you in preventing health problems before they happen. Schedule an appointment today!


Cholesterol
Do you know your cholesterol numbers? You can have high cholesterol and not have any symptoms. Controlling your cholesterol helps you decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. This is why you will want to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly. Get to know your cholesterol numbers! Bad cholesterol, also known as L-D-L, is what causes blockages in your blood vessels. By increasing your good cholesterol, also known as H-D-L, you will flush out the L-D-L. If you have been given medicine to lower your cholesterol, take it as prescribed. Here are some steps you can take to better control your cholesterol numbers:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Take a walk everyday
  • Limit red meat to no more than twice a week
  • And eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily

If you haven't had your cholesterol checked this year or you have questions about your risk of heart disease, talk with your provider. Remember, your VA provider is on your side, working with you toward a healthier you!


Emergency Preparedness
September is National Emergency Preparedness month. Are you prepared in case of an emergency? Check out the website www.ready.gov. It is full of information to ensure you're ready for unexpected events and emergencies.


Flu Shots
Flu season is coming. Remember, you need to be immunized for seasonal flu every year. Watch for messages from your VA Medical Center with dates and times for getting your flu shots.


My HealtheVet
Veterans registered in My HealtheVet can now communicate with their primary care team on-line using Secure Messaging. It's easy - simply complete the In-Person Authentication process on your next visit to your VA Medical Center.

Already registered on My HealtheVet? You can now download your personal information through the new Blue Button feature to view, print, and save your health data. For more information about the program, visit www.myhealth.va.gov.


For more health information, visit VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

 

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gold starFacility Kiosk Locations

  • Baltimore VA Medical Center
    First floor Lobby at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First floor Outpatient Clinic waiting area

  • Loch Raven Outpatient Clinic
    Lobby, patient waiting area

  • Martinsburg VA Medical Center
    First floor, Main hallway

  • Perry Point VA Medical Center
    Building 361, Outpatient waiting area

  • Washington DC VA Medical Center
    First Floor at Outpatient Pharmacy
    First Floor, Room 1E237a, Patient Ed Center


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