Million Hearts

Be One in a Million Hearts…

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The Million Hearts initiative was started in 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

In recent studies conducted by the CDC, one in three deaths in the United States is caused by some form of cardiovascular disease. There are more than 2200 heart attacks and strokes everyday resulting in over 800,000 deaths a year in America. The underlying causes of cardiovascular disease range from high blood pressure to high cholesterol, and only 46% of Americans have their blood pressure under control and only 33% of Americans have their cholesterol under control.

Cochise Health and Social Services has partnered with the Million Hearts campaign to help promote heart health in Cochise County.  With personal pledges and employee wellness initiatives, we hope to educate the community on the importance of heart health at home and at work. If you would like local assistance please contact healthliving@cochise.az.gov.

Visit Million Hearts for more information such as your own two month meal plan, recipes, facts and tips on how to improve your heart health.

Taking the Pledge and What it Means

For the individual:

♥ Talk to your family to understand risks for heart disease and stroke that might be passed down from generation to generation.
♥ Get active by exercising for 30 minutes on most days of the week.
♥ Know your ABCS (see below) 
♥ Eat a heart-healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated and trans fat, and cholesterol.
♥ Follow your health care professional's instructions when it comes to taking medications or measuring your blood pressure at home.

For the Health Care Professional:

♥ Treat:  apply the ABCS method of treatment, establish an effective medical team, and create ongoing support system for patients
♥ Monitor: Use electronic health records and reminders to monitor health condition and progress of patients
♥ Educate: from teaching patients to use blood pressure monitors at home, to encouraging healthy habits at home and proper use of medication, these factors will decrease chances of heart attacks and strokes.
♥ Follow up:  stay in touch between visits, create community based events such as free blood pressure screenings to help patients achieve their wellness potentials.

For Community Organizations:

♥ Help people access high-quality health care, manage their conditions effectively, get active, eat healthy, and get and stay smoke-free.
♥ Increase awareness of heart disease and stroke and individuals’ risk factors.
♥ Promote smoke-free air policies, effective tobacco package labeling, restricted tobacco advertising, and higher tobacco prices to help smokers quit and keep nonsmokers tobacco-free.
♥ Support efforts to reduce sodium and eliminate trans fat in the food supply.

For Cochise County Health Organizations and Services:

♥ Convene and collaborate with stakeholders across public health and health care to improve efforts to prevent heart attack and stroke.
♥ Increase awareness of heart disease and stroke and their risk factors.
♥ Adopt and report on the Million Hearts® Clinical Quality Measures.
♥ Increase efforts to reduce sodium and eliminate trans fats in the food supply.
♥ Promote smoke-free air policies, effective tobacco package labeling, restricted tobacco advertising, and higher tobacco prices to help smokers quit and keep nonsmokers tobacco-free.

 

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