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Military Health System

Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Wear Red Day

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5/27/2021
Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day Graphic

Broken Heart Fact 1

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5/27/2021
Broken Heart Fact 1

Broken Heart Syndrome Graphic

Healthy Heart Fact 3

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5/21/2021
Healthy Heart Fact 3

American Heart Health Month Healthy Heart for Body and Mind Fact 3: Just 2.5 hours a week of moderate physical exercise is enough to lower your risk of heart disease. Limiting saturated and trans fats, sodium, and cholesterol, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables also keep your risk low.

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Wear Red Day

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5/21/2021
Wear Red Day

Social Media Graphic on Wear Red Day with mannequins with red clothing to dress them.

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Winter Safety

Healthy Heart Body Soul v3

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5/21/2021
Healthy Heart Body Soul v3

Social media graphic on healthy heart for body and soul with a service members doing push ups.

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Healthy Heart Body Soul v3

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5/21/2021
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Social media graphic on healthy heart for body and soul with a service members doing push ups. Healthy Heart for Body and Soul.

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Healthy Heart Body Soul v2b

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5/21/2021
Healthy Heart Body Soul v2b

Social media graphic on healthy heart for body and soul with a cartoon heart running on a tread mill.

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Feb Theme Cover v2

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5/21/2021
Feb Theme Cover v2

Social media graphic on healthy heart for body and soul with two people running and talking

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Total Force Fitness cogs Physical

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5/21/2021
Total Force Fitness cogs Physical

Social media graphic, Physical Fitness and Your Health, has heart logo, Spiritual Fitness Shuttlecock image, Total Force Fitness Logo and MHS logo.

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Winter Heart v3

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5/21/2021
Winter Heart v3

Social Media infographic on Winter Heart Safety with thermometer. Winter Heart Safety: Did you know? Cold weather can cause blood vessels to constrict, making the heart work harder to pump. Strenuous activity out in the cold should be approached with caution, especially if you are not used to physical activity. Avoid cold weather triggers. Listen to your body

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Heart Disease Prevention

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5/21/2021
Heart Disease Prevention

Social media graphic on heart disease prevention with logos showing ways to prevent heart disease – a scale, exercise, not smoking and eating healthy diet.

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Healthy Heart Fact 1

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5/21/2021
Healthy Heart Fact 1

Fact 1: One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. Physical exercise, proper diet and not smoking or drinking are the clearest path to lowering your risk of heart disease.

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Healthy Heart Fact 2

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5/21/2021
Healthy Heart Fact 2

American Heart Health Month Healthy Heart for Body and Mind Fact 2: Preventing or minimizing chronic illness like heart disease is critical to military readiness. Service Members are not immune to the health problems that affect the U.S. population generally. Some risk factors for heart disease, like binge drinking and smoking, are actually more common amongst Service Members.

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Winter Safety

Winter Safety

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5/21/2021
Winter Safety

Social Media Graphic on Winter Safety with Service Member shoveling snow. Winter Safety: Whether shoveling the walk, or building a shelter during winter training exercises, proper gear prevents injury in extreme weather, and lessens the risk of angina, or chest pain, during strenuous cold weather activity

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Marine Corps COSC infographic

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5/19/2021
Marine Corps COSC infographic

Infographic depicting the Marine Corps COSC program

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COSC and the Services
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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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