A state summit was held on August 9th entitled “Advancing Million Hearts: American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in Rhode Island.”
The purpose of the meeting was to connect the American Heart Association, Rhode Island Department of Health and other state and local heart disease and stroke prevention partners to establish and engage in meaningful relationships around Million Hearts efforts.
Million Hearts is a national initiative that started in 2012 with an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services co-lead the initiative on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The American Heart Association is a national partner.
Million Hearts aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes by:
- Improving access to effective care.
- Improving quality of care for the ABCS of heart health:
- Aspirin when appropriate.
- Blood pressure control.
- Cholesterol management.
- Smoking cessation.
- 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 for the ABCS.
To learn more about Million Hearts click the following link: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/