VA Capitol Health Care Network
VISN 5 Patient Health Education
Domestic Violence Awareness
Myth or Fact: Domestic abuse can be a problem for men as well as women? Domestic abuse or partner violence is a public health problem for women, men and teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year women suffer nearly 4.8 million assaults and rapes. Almost three million men experience attacks. For teens, the statistics are even worse with one in 11 teens reporting physical dating violence and one in four experiencing verbal, physical, emotional or sexual violence every year. Healthy relationships, empowering women, resources for victims and penalties for abusers are keys to prevention. If you or someone you know needs help call the domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. That is 1 - 800 - 799 - 7233. You may also go to this trusted website: www.mentalhealth.va.gov or check with your provider for more information about domestic violence prevention programs and resources.
Did you know that alcohol can not only damage your liver, brain and heart but also raise your blood pressure? Alcoholic drinks are also high in calories, which is important if you are trying to lose weight. It is very important to limit how much you drink.
If you choose to drink, how much is too much? If you are female, you should not drink more than one drink per day. If you are male, you should not drink more than two drinks per day. Binge drinking increases your risk of health problems, such as liver damage. How do you know if you are binge drinking? Binge drinking means drinking more than three drinks on one occasion for women and more than four drinks on one occasion for men. Although alcohol may seem to make things easier, drinking too much can make stress worse. Remember you should not drink alcohol:
- if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- take certain medicines
- or cannot limit the amount you drink
Your health care team is on your side. Your primary care team and medical center chaplains are available to talk with you and to provide support. For more information regarding alcohol, go to this trusted website: www.prevention.va.gov.
Veterans registered in My Health-e-Vet 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 primary care clinic at your VA Medical Center. 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.
Network Brochures & Pamphlets
- Pain Management: What You Need to Know (pdf file)
- Screening for Prostate Cancer (pdf file)
- Your Guide to Talking to Your Health Care Providers (pdf file)
Facility 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
- My HealtheVet
The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
- National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Information about clinical preventive services for VA patients and providers
- Time is Life (pdf file)
Know Heart Attack Warning Signs
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