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February is Military Health System’s Heart Health Month

February 4, 2019

February is Military Health System’s Heart Health Month.  Staying active, eating healthy, and getting annual physicals are all things that most people are familiar with when they hear “heart health”, but did you know that new research shows an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is associated with TBI and PTSD?

Researchers have found that TBI patients were 30% more likely to develop stroke than those with trauma but no brain injury.  There was also a significantly stronger correlation in patients younger than 50, which is most of our military and young veteran population. Aside from the physiological effects of a TBI, conventional vascular risk factors may accrue at a faster rate secondary to a sedentary lifestyle as a result of TBI.

It is important to understand all of the conditions that may be related to a head injury, and how they may affect other bodily systems.  Hyperlinked below are just a few of the webinars that can be found on the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) website, as well as resources for returning to healthy activity levels that can be ordered or downloaded for free.

https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/training/webinars/2017/understanding-behavioral-health-conditions-resulting-tbi
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/training/webinars/2017/putting-practice-progressive-return-activity-following-acute-concussionmild
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/training/webinars/2015/role-sleep-activity-and-nutrition-treatment-and-recovery-traumatic-brain
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/material/progressive-return-activity-following-acute-concussionmild-tbi-clinical-suite
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/material/help-ongoing-symptoms-after-concussion-brochure
https://dvbic.dcoe.mil/material/return-activity-educational-brochure-guidance-service-members-symptoms-following-concussion