Resources for Health Care Professionals

American Heart Month 2024

Feeling the pressure? We can help. Blood pressure control is possible.

As a health care professional or clinician, you play an important role helping patients, including women, manage and control their health conditions, including hypertension.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, and high blood pressure is steadily increasing as a contributing cause of death for U.S. women of all ages.1

By working toward a healthier life, women and their health care teams can help close this disparity gap.

Who Should Use This Toolkit?

This toolkit is designed for health care professionals and clinicians to help support their patients, especially women, by listening to their heart.

These resources can help your clinical team implement protocols, use data to improve health outcomes, and be inspired by other practices’ success stories.

A health equity lens can also help address the needs of all your patient populations and help improve cardiovascular health for all.

How Do I Use This Toolkit?

  • Identify patients with hypertension and other cardiovascular disease CVD risk factors.
  • Incorporate lessons learned from success stories.
  • Share messages and graphics with your care teams to help patients manage their CVD risk factors.

Clinical Tools and Resources

Explore various types of tools, guides, and success stories that can help you support your patients in taking small steps toward a healthier life and your health care team in implementing best practices.

Lifestyle Changes
Health Equity
  • Health Equity Indicators Toolkit
    This toolkit presents health equity indicators (HEIs) across eight focus areas, or health equity themes, that influence inequities in cardiovascular disease prevention, care, and management as outlined in the HEI Conceptual Framework for cardiovascular disease.
  • Focusing on Health Equity
    Learn how Million Hearts® aims to advance health equity through policies and practices that provide access to resources and enable cardiovascular health for all.
  • Community-Clinical Linkages Health Equity Guide
    Practitioners can use this guide to help incorporate health equity into community-clinical linkages (CCLs). CCLs are an effective approach to preventing and managing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
  • Grady Implementation Guide
    This implementation guide for public health practitioners and health care professionals is based on the Grady Heart Failure Program. The guide provides a detailed description of an effective intervention to address health disparities among heart failure patients.
Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP)
Medication Adherence
Standardizing and Improving Patient Care
Identifying Patients With Hypertension
  • Blood Pressure Control
    Read about Million Hearts® and their priority to optimize care, starting with supporting blood pressure control. This content includes tools and resources for clinicians, public health practitioners, and patients.
  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
    Learn about the different types of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and share Million Hearts® tools and resources about preventing and treating them.

Spread the Word

Share the following social media messages with your followers. Don’t forget to tag @CDCHeart_Stroke in your posts and follow DHDSP and Million Hearts® on social media.

Women often experience delayed recognition, diagnosis, and treatment for heart attacks. They deserve to be heard—especially when it comes to their hearts.

Commit to defending your patients’ heart health this American Heart Month. Empower women to raise their voices. #HeartMonth

Not all women are equally impacted by cardiovascular disease: Black women are nearly 60% more likely to have high blood pressure than White women. This American Heart Month, commit to increasing awareness of barriers to equitable health care.

Cardiovascular disease (#CVD) isn’t exclusive to older adults. Data show that CVD and CVD mortality are increasing among younger populations. Explore change packages, best practice guides, and other tools from CDC to help your team support CVD patients of all ages this #HeartMonth.

No matter where you’re from or where you are, you can take steps toward heart health. Get shareable, evidence-based resources from CDC to help you manage cardiovascular disease (#CVD) in your practice. #HeartMonth

1 in every 3 deaths in the United States is related to cardiovascular disease. Explore CDC’s #HeartMonth toolkits for evidence-based resources to support heart health in your practice.

Only about 1 in 4 adults with #hypertension have their condition under control. The Million Hearts [tag] Hypertension Control Change Package can help improve patient #BloodPressure control with practice- and evidence-based resources. #HeartMonth

High blood pressure accounts for 1 in 5 deaths among women in the U.S. and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Be proactive about heart health and learn about the risk factors for high blood pressure.

Health equity is more than an ideal—it’s a requirement for a truly heart-healthy community. Disparities in heart health deepen based on gender, especially when coupled with race, ethnicity, and other social factors. Make health equity a primary focus in your practice.

Uncontrolled hypertension is the primary contributor to morbidity & mortality rate disparities in cardiovascular disease between Black and White adults. Help improve heart health in your patients with #HeartMonth resources from @CDCHeart_Stroke.

Only about 1 in 4 adults with #hypertension have their condition under control. The @MillionHeartsUS Hypertension Control Change Package can help improve patient #BloodPressure control with practice- and evidence-based resources. #HeartMonth

Social Media Graphic

Download this graphic to share on your social media accounts with your colleagues and staff.

Collage of three different women working in a health care setting. Listen to women's voices, protect women's hearts.

Review and share our materials for public health professionals to help your communities live healthier lives.

Download our resources for you to share with individuals and patients in your practice.


  1. Vaughan AS, Coronado F, Casper M, Loustalot F, Wright JS. County-Level Trends in Hypertension-Related Cardiovascular Disease Mortality-United States, 2000 to 2019. J Am Heart Assoc. 2022 Apr 5;11(7):e024785.