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Preventing A Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact

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Heart attacks and strokes contribute to the almost 800,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. The trauma to families and communities is devastating; the cost to the US economy is nearly $1 billion each day in medical costs and lost productivity. To achieve sustainable prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® focuses the efforts of federal agencies, states, regions, communities and individuals on this common goal, ensuring the coordination of public health, clinical care and policy approaches to this complex problem.

Million Hearts® focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts® calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation).

Join us as we hear about the progress that has been made, along with the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Specifically, we’ll hear how public health and clinical care experts are coming together in communities to improve blood pressure control, how comprehensive tobacco policy efforts can have statewide impact, and how efforts to promote healthy nutrition can occur through increasing the availability of lower sodium products.

As Million Hearts® approaches its half-way mark, we need to accelerate that progress. There is a role for local and state governments, individuals, local and national organizations, providers, health care systems and insurers. Together, we can send a clear signal that cardiovascular events can be prevented when each of us takes a few, specific, impactful actions. Please tune into this grand rounds to learn what you can do to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Beyond the Data
Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Janet Wright discuss the progress that has been made with Million Hearts®, along with the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Providers should:

  • Utilize electronic health records to proactively reach individuals with elevated blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Place emphasis on detecting cases of uncontrolled high blood pressure which are hiding in plain sight

Communities can:

  • Implement smoke-free policies to lower exposure to smoke
  • Adopt food procurement policies that make healthier foods more readily available
  • Encourage and train individuals to self-monitor their blood pressure
Presented By
Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC
Executive Director, Million Hearts®
Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC
Andrew G. Tremblay, MD
Chair, Department of Primary Care
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene
Patricia P. Henley, MEd
Director, Office of Community Health and Tobacco Use Prevention,
Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, Division of Prevention and Wellness

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Patricia L. Cummings, PhD, MPH
Program Manager, Los Angeles County Sodium Reduction Initiative,
Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Facilitated By
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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