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The Initiative

Million Hearts® Targets Infographic

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How will Million Hearts® achieve its goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes? Use this infographic to learn more about the initiative's clinical and community-level targets to improve the nation's health.

Working together to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. Million Hearts targets to reach this goal include: Changing the Environment, by 2017 - Reduce Smoking: the number of American smokers has declined from 26% to 24%. Reduce Sodium Intake: Americans consume less than 2,900 milligrams of sodium each day. Eliminate Trans Fat Intake: Americans do not consume any artificial trans fat.  We also hope to Optimize Care in the Clinical Setting by: Focus on the ABCS: Aspirin use when appropriate. Of the people who have had a heart attack or stroke, 70% are taking aspirin. Blood Pressure Control: Of the people who have hypertension, 70% have adequately controlled blood pressure. Use Health Tools and Technology - Cholesterol Management: Of the people who have high levels of bad cholesterol, 70% are managing it effectively. Innovate in Care Delivery - Smoking Cessation Treatment: Of current smokers, 70% get counseling and/or medications to help them quit. Million Hearts promotes clinical and population-wide targets for the ABCS. The 70% values shown here are clinical targets for people engaged in the health care system. For the U.S. population as a whole, the target is 65% for the ABCS.  Stay Connected to Million Hearts via;;; and email us at


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