Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due to a lack of a coordinated national effort. We must do something to change this, but what could be big enough?
Million Hearts is a national initiative by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that has set an ambitious goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
- Improving access to effective care.
- Improving the quality of care.
- Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
- Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
- Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications.
Each year there are approximately 2 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States. The campaign is expected to produce a 10 percent reduction in the rate of acute cardiovascular events each year for 5 years resulting in one million heart attack and strokes prevented.
The AHA applauds the launch of Million Hearts and is grateful for the opportunities we have been provided to help inform, shape, and support the initiative. We look forward to joining and partnering with the HHS in implementing this initiative, which has the potential to advance the mission and work of the AHA dramatically and to help us achieve our ambitious 2020 Health Impact Goal.
This initiative will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 and demonstrate to all that improving the health system can save lives.
Will you be one in a million? Be one who makes the commitment to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle….do your part to live a life free of heart disease and stroke.
Watch your inbox for our action requests to support You’re the Cure policy efforts around healthy living and prevention. Open and click to help more of the million get there!
Thanks to volunteer writer/YTC advocate Karen Wiggins, for help developing this blog post.