My HealtheVet Update | May 10, 2017

May 10

Hepatitis C: Test, Treat, Cure

Hep C

Did you know that Veterans are more likely to have hepatitis C? The good news is that new treatments for hepatitis C are available at VA and are able to cure most people in about 12 weeks. VA has treated more than 80,000 patients with hepatitis C since new medications for hepatitis C treatment became available. Hepatitis C can be damaging your liver if left untreated and can lead to cancer in some people. Get tested. Learn more.


Stroke: Factors, Effects and Prevention


Stroke, or "brain attack," is among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. It can affect people of all ages, race, gender and socio-economic status, and can happen very fast with little-to-no warning. But what is a stroke? What are the risk factors? And how can you live a healthier lifestyle to reduce your risk? Learn more.

Veterans at Higher Risk: Postpartum Depression 


The birth of a baby is a life changing event that can trigger all kinds of emotions from happiness and joy to jitters and fear.  It can also lead to something you might not expect —postpartum depression. Women Veterans commonly suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder after military service. With more women serving in the military than ever before, it is important to support women Veterans by providing information and treatment options. Learn more.

Understanding Asthma


Asthma is a disease that inflames and narrows the airways in your lungs. Sometimes, the symptoms of Ashthma aren’t noticable. At other times, you may have mild symptoms such as a cough, chest tightness, or shortness of breath. While no one is sure what causes asthma, your healthcare team can help you keep your asthma under control. Learn more.


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