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MILLION HEARTS® 2012 : preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes : a turning point for impact
  • Published Date:
    September 2014
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institutes of Health (U.S.) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (U.S.)
  • Description:
    Created by the U .S . Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Million Hearts® rallies communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector organizations around a common goal: preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® calls attention to a small set of changes we can make in our communities and health care systems that support long-term reductions in heart attacks and strokes . Million Hearts® also emphasizes the importance of coordination between public health organizations and clinical systems.

    By reducing smoking, decreasing sodium intake, and eliminating artificial trans fat in the food supply, we can change our environment in ways that keep people healthier and less likely to need health care services . For people who do need care, professionals can harness the power of health information technology and deploy new models of care that educate patients about their condition and the ABCS of heart health (aspirin when appropriate, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation).

    The promise—and likelihood—of saving 1 million or more Americans from a traumatic and disabling cardiovascular event has motivated individuals and organizations across the nation, and we already are making great strides in putting effective changes into action. This brief report summarizes Million Hearts® progress to date and invites current and new partners to join our efforts . We must continue turning energy into impact .

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