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APRIL 2014

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Did you know that both men and women have reported sexual assault or repeated sexual harassment while in the military? Did you also know that treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma is free and as a Veteran, you may be eligible for this care even if you are not eligible for other VA care? If you experienced sexual trauma while in the military the VA can help. Talk with your provider or the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at your VA Medical Center.


High Blood Pressure & Stroke Awareness Month
"An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!" Your health care team at your VA Medical Center wants to prevent health problems from turning into long-term diseases. Did you know that by keeping your blood pressure less than 130 over 80 you will greatly decrease the risk of damage to your heart, brain, and kidneys? This means you may prevent enlargement of your heart leading to congestive heart failure or you may prevent a stroke.

April is National Stroke Awareness Month. Recognizing stroke symptoms and getting help quickly are important. Some strokes can be stopped by medicines. The sooner stroke symptoms are recognized the better the chances are for medicines to be given.

Recognize a stroke! Remember F-A-S-T:

F = Face drooping

A = Arm weakness

S = Speech difficulty

T = Time to call 9-1-1

If you see stroke symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately. Get to a hospital right away. Stroke symptoms are a medical emergency.

For more information on what you can do to prevent a stroke go to this trusted website: cdc.gov/stroke.


My HealtheVet
Veterans, do you get frustrated standing in line to reorder medications? Would you like to order VA medications online? Register for My HealtheVet and learn how. 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.


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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