CDC supports several public health efforts that address high blood pressure.
WISEWOMAN helps women with little or no health insurance reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
The program assists women age 40 to 64 in improving their diet, physical activity, and other behaviors. WISEWOMAN also provides cholesterol tests and other screening.
The CDC funds 21 WISEWOMAN projects in 19 states and two tribal organizations.
CDC funds stroke programs in 9 states (California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin) to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of acute stroke care.
The programs’ data help hospitals close the gap between stroke care guidelines and practice.
The long-term goal is to ensure that all Americans receive the highest quality stroke care available to reduce untimely deaths, prevent disability, and avoid recurrent strokes.
A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
The Action Plan charts a national course to prevent heart disease and stroke.
The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention implements the Action Plan.
The Forum consists of representatives of public and private health care, along with faith, advocacy, academic, and policy organizations.
Healthy People 2020, the federal government’s agenda for building a healthier nation, includes 24 objectives specific to heart disease and stroke. CDC and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute led in the development of the objectives and lead in tracking the objectives over the next decade.
The goal of Healthy People 2020, as it relates to heart disease and stroke, is to “improve cardiovascular health and quality of life through prevention, detection, and treatment of risk factors for heart attack and stroke; early identification and treatment of heart attacks and strokes; and prevention of repeat cardiovascular events”.External
Healthy People 2020 provided evidenced based clinical and community interventions and consumer information and resources related to heart disease and stroke.