Action Guides

The Million Hearts® Action Guide series provides clinicians, employers, and public health practitioners with evidence-based strategies for improving cardiovascular health. Each guide offers action steps and features proven tactics to help more Americans live heart-healthy, stroke-free lives.

For Clinicians

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Identifying and Treating Patients Who Use Tobacco: Action Steps for Clinicians

This guide provides evidence-based, tested tobacco use identification and intervention strategies for busy clinicians. These strategies consist of actions clinicians can take to improve care delivery and ways to increase the use of evidence-based brief interventions for patients who use tobacco. Additional resources and references for each action step are also included in this guide.

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Hypertension Control: Change Package for Clinicians

This change package is a quality improvement tool for ambulatory clinical settings to improve hypertension control. It is intended to provide health care practices with an evidence base of process improvements to more efficiently and effectively care for patients with hypertension. This guide includes change concepts, change ideas, and resources.

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Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Clinicians

Self-measured blood pressure monitoring plus additional clinical support is one strategy that can reduce the risk of disability or death from high blood pressure. The purpose of this guide is to help clinicians implement self-measured blood pressure monitoring in their practices by providing evidence-based action steps and resources.

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Hypertension Control: Action Steps for Clinicians

This guide delivers proven strategies to help busy clinicians work with their patients to control hypertension. Strategies include creative ways for clinicians to deliver care, improve medication adherence, and optimize patient reminders and supports. The guide contains resources and references to help clinicians find even more information for each action step.

For Public Health Practitioners and Employers

Medication Adherence Action Steps

Medication Adherence: Action Steps for Health Benefit Managers

This guide provides a call to action for health, employer, and pharmacy benefit managers to implement evidence- and practice-based medication adherence strategies that improve blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation. Additional resources and references for each action step are also included in this guide.

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Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Action Steps for Public Health

Strong evidence suggests that self-measured blood pressure monitoring—when combined with regular support from trained health care professionals—is effective in lowering blood pressure among hypertensive patients. This guide outlines action steps that public health practitioners can take to support self-measured blood pressure monitoring.

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Cardiovascular Health: Action Steps for Employers

Employers can help their employees improve cardiovascular health by creating worksites that support blood pressure control, cholesterol management, tobacco control, good nutrition, and physical activity. This guide offers a selection of concrete action steps that employers can take to help individuals improve cardiovascular health.

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