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The Initiative


Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.

Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

The Million Hearts® initiative will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million Hearts® will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.

Million Hearts® brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts® within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration for Community Living, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among many others.

Making Progress

Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has made progress toward reducing illness and death from heart attack and stroke. We've learned a lot from leaders and partners in health care and communities about how to effect change. As the initiative reaches its halfway mark, we're accelerating our efforts. This brief report summarizes Million Hearts® progress to date and invites current and new partners to join us and take action.

In 2012, the initiative's first year, Million Hearts® built strong partnerships to ensure steady progress toward preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Check out just a few examples of how partners worked to improve heart health—a focus on the ABCS, using health information technology, and working in teams.

Explore Innovations & Progress Notes to stay up to date with Million Hearts® and partner efforts to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes.

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Million Hearts® Begins With You Infographic

Million Hearts® works to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. Share this infographic with your family, friends, and others.

Million Hearts Infographic

Million Hearts® Targets Infographic

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

Million Hearts Targets Infographic
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