CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden Congratulates the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions
CDC and Million Hearts® are recognizing 30 providers, health care practices and systems as 2014 Hypertension Control Champions. The Challenge recognizes doctors and health practices that help at least 70% of their adult patients with hypertension make blood pressure control their goal. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. Every day, hypertension contributes to nearly 1,000 American deaths.
Dr. Frieden Recognizes the 2012 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions
Dr. Frieden discusses three strategies health care providers can use to reduce high blood pressure in their patient population and applauds Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, and the Ellsworth Medical Clinic in Wisconsin for their successes.
State of Men's Heart Health Webinar
In celebration of Men's Health Month, Million Hearts® and the Men's Health Network hosted the State of Men's Heart Health Webinar on June 3, 2013. Speakers discussed the current status of men's heart health in the United States and effective tools and strategies for involving men in improving their own heart health. To view a transcript of the webinar, click HERE [PDF-250K].
Before You Eat the Church Food
This video, developed by the Association of Black Cardiologists, explores health risks associated with common foods served at church functions and heart health alternatives.
Ellsworth Medical Clinic—2012 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion
Million Hearts® is committed to spreading the lessons learned by health systems and practices that help people get their blood pressure under control. In 2012, the Ellsworth Medical Clinic in Wisconsin was named one of two Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions for their work in reducing blood pressure rates among its patients. As of August 2012, the small, rural practice had achieved a 90 percent control rate among its patients with high blood pressure.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado–Denver—2012 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion
Million Hearts® is committed to spreading the lessons learned by health systems and practices that help people get their blood pressure under control. In 2012, the Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, was named one of two Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions for their work in reducing blood pressure rates among its patients. Since January, 2008, Kaiser Permanente Colorado has improved its blood pressure control rate from 61% to 82% in its patient population.
CDCâ€™s Allison Goldstein, MPH, is featured in a Medscape video that highlights ways healthcare providers can help patients manage hypertension. To view the video, you may have to register with Medscape.
Keep One Million Hearts Beating Strong
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks about the importance of heart health, and the Million Hearts® initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
High Blood Pressure Basics
Is your heart working overtime? Watch this video to find out what hypertension is, what causes it, and why you should care. Learn more about managing your high blood pressure by visiting Team Up. Pressure Down. on Facebook.
Treating High Blood Pressure
There are many ways to treat hypertension, from reducing the amount of sodium (salt) in your diet to taking medication. Learn how each of these treatments works in your body and how they protect you from a heart attack or stroke. Learn more about managing your high blood pressure by visiting Team Up. Pressure Down. on Facebook.
Pharmacists: How You Can Team Up With Patients
As a pharmacist, you play a vital role in helping patients manage their hypertension and improve their health. Find out how you can use every pharmacy visit as an opportunity to guide your patients to the best possible outcomes. Learn more about how pharmacists can help improve blood pressure management and adherence to hypertension medications by visiting Team Up. Pressure Down. on Facebook.
Vital Signs: Getting Blood Pressure Under Control
About 67 million adults have high blood pressure. More than half (36 million) have uncontrolled high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.
José's Million Hearts® Story (in English)
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. Share your story of how heart disease and stroke have touched your life on Twitter and Facebook.
La historia de José y Million Hearts® (in Spanish)
Aunque José tiene un historial de accidentes cerebrovasculares en su familia, lo tomó por sorpresa cuando sufrió un accidente cerebrovascular a los 46 años. Con el lado izquierdo de su cuerpo temporalmente paralizado y confinado a una silla de ruedas, se recuperÃ³ lentamente con el sincero apoyo de su esposa e hijos. Ahora, él y su hija enseñan clases de merengue a los sobrevivientes de accidentes cerebrovasculares. Comparta su historia sobre cómo las enfermedades cardÃacas y los accidentes cerebrovasculares han marcado su vida en Twitter y Facebook.
Million Hearts®: Scaling and Spreading Innovation
On April 19, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and American Heart Association brought together experts in scaling and spreading health care innovations for a Million Hearts® event in Washington, DC, focused on strategies to improve cardiovascular health.
Andrea's Million Hearts® Story
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Andrea once heard her life counted in minutes. She had a heart attack at 35. After surviving, but losing her unborn baby, she is helping to educate other women like her about the signs of heart disease. Share your story of how heart disease and stroke have touched your life on Twitter and Facebook.
Know Your Risk Factors
If Dr. Amie Hsia, Medical Director of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Stroke Center, could say just one thing about stroke, it would be that it is preventable and treatable. In this video, she shares some of the common risk factors for stroke and heart attacks and encourages people to learn whether they are at risk. Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
Aaron's Million Hearts® Story
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. 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. Share your story of how heart disease and stroke have touched your life on Twitter and Facebook.
Gail's Million Hearts® Story
In this video, 55-year-old Gail recounts her personal experience with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and shares how she manages her risks for CVD by knowing her family history and making small, simple changes to maintain good heart health.
Be One in a Million Hearts®: Share Your Story
One on One With Janet Wright: Heart Health
At the September 2011 Hypertension & Heart Health Summit held at the Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., the CTH blog team spent a few minutes talking with Janet Wright about the Million Hearts® Initiative.
Million Hearts® Initiative Launch
Million Hearts®: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. This video comes from interviews with Americans who are heart attack or stroke survivors and their family members. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Hearts® joins communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts® brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Other Video Links
- Learn Your Family History, Pt 1
The Dr. Oz Show
Watch Dr. Oz discussing Million Hearts® on his TV show.
- President Obama: Congratulations to Everyone Taking Part in Today's Great American Smokeout
The White House Blog
Watch the video of the Great American Smokeout announcement by the President.
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