U.S. Announces Million Hearts Campaign. SFCCC: Ahead of the curve with PHASE!

Did you know that 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease?
Did you know that heart disease kills roughly the same number of Americans each year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases (including pneumonia) , and accidents combined?

Luckily, SFCCC and its partner health centers have been working to prevent heart attacks and strokes for the past 4 years through its PHASE program, which we wrote about earlier.  Now the nation is following suit.

A few weeks ago the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the Million Hearts Campaign. This is a public-private initiative aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years by improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and tobacco prevention.

Currently, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity in Americans. Million Hearts will improve Americans health and productivity by achieving two goals:

·         Empowering Americans to make healthy choices such as preventing tobacco use and reducing sodium and trans fat consumption. This can reduce the number of people who need medical treatment such as blood pressure or cholesterol medications to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
·         Improving care for people who do need treatment by encouraging a targeted focus on the “ABCS” – Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation – which address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. 

Because SFCCC partner clinics have already been engaged in this work, we will be prepared when, beginning in 2012, all community health centers in the U.S. will be required to report annually on the ABCS measures to track and improve performance, including new measures for 2012 for aspirin use and cholesterol screening. These efforts will help to improve ABCS care for more than 20 million patients.

SFCCC community clinics and health centers, working hard to keep you healthy.