VA goes red for support women’s heart health


Each February, VA partners with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the risks and prevention of heart disease for women across VA.

“Nearly 1- in-3 women are impacted by heart disease or stroke. In fact, more women die from heart disease and stroke than cancer,” says Dr. LaToya J.M. Harris, program analyst, for VA’s Women’s Health Services. “Go Red for Women encourages us to discuss the issue of women and heart disease, and also to take action to save more lives.”

Center for Women Veterans logoIn early February, we at VA Central Office  celebrated in a big way – complete with activities facilitated by VA’s Veterans Canteen Service and federal occupational health organizations with important lessons on wellness.

Gail Harris-Berry, a survivor who experienced her first heart incident when she was just 46, gave us a sobering first-hand account of how symptoms may present differently in women than in men: women are more likely to experience an uncomfortable pressure in their chest, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain, to name a few symptoms.

All were impressed to learn about the practical ways in which we can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by choosing healthier foods and cooking methods; working out for just minutes daily; and knowing the impact of our behavior on the status of our health.

Let’s empower each other to Go Red for Women – and make sure you share what you learn, too! For more information, check out this site or cardiologist Dr. Shyla T. High (Valentine)’s, book, “Why Most Women Die – How Women Can Fight Their #1 Killer: Heart Disease.”

Go Red for Women SAVES LIVES!



Betty Moseley Brown

Dr. Betty Moseley Brown is the associate director of the Center for Women Veterans where she assists the director in advising the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on programs and issues related to women Veterans and serves as the Lead for the Women Veterans Program. Her passion for Veterans began during her United States Marine Corps service from 1978 – 1992. Her VA career, spanning decades, began in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) in San Diego. She served in various positions, to include a Veterans Benefits Counselor, management analyst in Compensation and Pension Service, and later working for the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Policy and Program Management in Washington, D.C.


  1. Patricia Breneman    

    I hope we don’t forget our Vets in Hawaii and Alaska when we ‘open’ art exhibits at VA facilities. I, for one, want them to know they are/have been appreciated for their service to our Nation.

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