February was Heart Health Month for the VA. It is a very special topic for me personally. In March 2014, my wife talked my doctor into giving me a stress test to see if I was prone to having heart problems. I felt fine, but I agreed, and my doctor went along. A problem was discovered and I ended up having a triple bypass heart operation which saved my life. The VA is encouraging veterans, especially female vets, to work with their primary care providers to make a personal plan for heart health. If you haven’t had a primary care visit in a
year, you are encouraged to “make a date” with your doctor.
If you have questions about this, please get in contact with the CPN Healthy Heart Program. This is what they are there for. Information about the Healthy Heart Program can be found at www.cpnhealthyheart.com or by calling 405-395-9303.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or smoking can increase your risk. Ignore the myths. Here are the facts:
Heart disease affects all ages. Smoking boosts heart disease risk by 20 percent.
Even if you exercise regularly, cholesterol, poor eating habits and smoking can counteract your healthy habits. A large percentage of those who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
Symptoms between men and women vary greatly and are often misunderstood. Heart Disease Symptoms are:
Please see to your health. We need all of our CPN veterans. Migwetch.
Remember the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN and spouse veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided.