The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products, a move that is expected to prevent thousands of heart attacks each year. Million Hearts® supports trans fat elimination as a key strategy in efforts to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
More than $180 Million in Funding Committed to Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes 06/08/2015
Million Hearts® is pleased to share information on innovative programs that were recently funded to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The three programs, all announced in May 2015, represent $180 million committed to cardiovascular disease prevention, impacting almost 8.5 million people at risk for heart attack and stroke.
High Blood Pressure Education Month/Men's Health Month 05/13/2014
Stories of Men and Heart Disease and Stroke
More than 300,000 men die each year from heart disease making heart disease the leading cause of death for men. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart attack and death and research shows one quarter of men have high blood pressure—many without knowing it. Below are three stories from men who suffered from heart disease at a young age. Click on the links below to hear their stories and be inspired to take control of your heart health.
Roosevelt - Meet Roosevelt, a former smoker who was featured in 2012 by the Tips From Former Smokers educational campaign, who shows all of us the consequences of smoking. In this video, he shares his experience, and his thoughts on heart disease.
Aaron - Aaron, who survived a near fatal heart attack at 42, now considers himself to be in the bonus round. He's vigilant about getting his blood pressure checked, taking his medications, and seeing his doctor regularly. He urges others to care for their bodies so they can spend more time with their loved ones, too.
Jose - Although José has a family history of stroke, he was blindsided at age 46 when he suffered a stroke. Temporarily paralyzed on the left side of his body and confined to a wheelchair, he slowly recovered with the heartfelt support of his wife and children. Now, he and his daughter teach merengue to stroke survivors.
On Friday, January 17, 2014, "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General" will be released at a press conference in Wash., D.C. The report will highlight major accomplishments in tobacco prevention and control over the past 50 years, present new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discuss scenarios that can potentially end the tobacco epidemic in the United States. For more information on tobacco prevention and control, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/index.htm
Million Hearts® was mentioned in CDC's Safe Healthcare blog entry by guest author Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Frieden highlighted the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and how prevention plays a key role.
On March 13, 2013, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, promoted heart health—and mentioned Million Hearts®—on the Tom Joyner Morning Show's "Wellness Wednesday" segment. Dr. Benjamin urged the public to join efforts to help African Americans make heart health a priority by controlling their blood pressure and lowering sodium in their diet. Listen to the interview: http://listen.reachmediainc.com/files/031313SURGEON_GENERAL.mp3
In February 2013, Million Hearts® launched "100 Congregations for Million Hearts®," an initiative that encourages faith-based organizations to increase awareness and action around heart disease prevention and high blood pressure.