2,400 The number of cardiovascular professionals who make up ACC’s Federal Cardiology Member Section and Leadership Council and who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense or Public Health Service. 50 % The increased risk for developing heart failure over a seven-year period in Veterans with PTSD compared with those who don’t. Source: Roy SS, Foraker RE, Girton RA, Mansfielf AJ. Am J Public Health 2015;105:757-63. 9 million The number of Veterans cared for in the VA health care system, with some 95 million outpatient visits in 2015. Source: Department of Veterans Affairs VetPop2016 Infographics. Available at: www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp. Accessed Oct. 23, 2017. 80% The number of Veterans who have two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Certain groups, including women and racial minorities, are at increased risk. Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development. Available at: https://www.hsrd.research. va.gov/news/feature/heart_disease0217.cfm. Accessed October 24, 2017. 1,400 The number of sites, including hospitals, nursing homes and clinics, comprising the VA health care system – the largest integrated health care system in the U.S. Source: Department of Veterans Affairs Statistics At A Glance. Available at: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/Quick_Facts.asp. Accessed Oct. 23, 2017. 30% to 80% The proportion of women Veterans with at least one major cardiovascular risk factor increases with age; it’s 30% for those under age 45, 65% for those ages 45 to 65 and 80% for those over 65 years. Source: Whitehead AM, Davis MB, Duvernoy C, et al. The State of Cardiovascular Health in Women Veterans, Volume 1. Women’s Health Services, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, January 2013. 1 Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of hospitalization and death among Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Source: Department of Veterans Affairs VA Research on CV Disease Fact Sheet. Available at: https://www.research. va.gov/pubs/docs/va_factsheets/CardiovascularDisease.pdf. Accessed Oct. 23, 2017. The ACC is proud to support its many members who are part of, or have been part of, the armed forces. Thank you for your service. Scan the QR code to visit the Federal Cardiology Member Section and Leadership Council.
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