- High Blood Pressure Education Month/Men's Health Month
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 JosÃ© 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.
- Wallet Card - What do your blood pressure readings mean? Visit your health care provider (or find one here) to find out. Keep a record of your readings with My Blood Pressure Wallet Card [PDF-913K].
- The ABCS of Heart Health
- High Blood Pressure and You: The Facts
- 2014 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Surgeon General's Report (SGR) on Smoking and Health
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
- Better Blood Pressure Control: A National Priority
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden urges health care professionals, practices, and systems to use an evidence-based hypertension treatment protocol to improve blood press control.
- Three Ways the Affordable Care Act Makes a Difference as it Turns 3
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.
- U.S. Surgeon General Promotes Heart Health on Tom Joyner Morning Show
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
- "100 Congregations for Million Hearts®" Launched
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.
- Million Hearts® Recognizes 2012 Hypertension Control Champions
Kaiser Permanente Colorado and the Ellsworth Medical Clinic (Wisconsin) have each achieved blood pressure control rates greater than 80 percent among their patients with high blood pressure.
- Saving a Million Hearts—March 2012
The New York State Department of Health developed a blog to promote the ABCS and the Million Hearts® initiative.
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