you know that 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease?
you know that heart disease kills roughly the same number of Americans each
year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases (including pneumonia) , and
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.
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
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:
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.
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
community clinics and health centers, working hard to keep you healthy.