Million Hearts® Vital Signs Partner Toolkit

Thank you for being a Million Hearts® partner! Through the collective and focused action of partners like you, Million Hearts® has helped and will continue to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in the United States. Below, you will find a variety of materials and key messages to help you spread the word about the new Vital Signs release.

Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

Heart attacks and strokes have enormous health and financial consequences in our families, jobs, and communities—and are largely preventable. The latest CDC Vital Signs report, released September 6 at 1 p.m. ET, shows that more than 800,000 heart attacks and strokes happened to a surprising group in 2016: people ages 35–64.

Despite this worrisome situation we know how to make an impact. By making small changes each day and sustaining them over time, we can help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022—but we must act now. Read the CDC Vital Signs report to see the national and state-level data and to get in-depth information about specific strategies that health systems, health care professionals, and public health practitioners can use to lead change at local levels to reverse the course of heart attacks and strokes among middle-aged adults.

Spread the Word

Social Media

Share these messages on your social media pages to encourage your networks and audiences to read the CDC Vital Signs report and learn their role in preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022.
Facebook/LinkedIn

  • Take action! Million Hearts [tag] is calling on health systems, public health organizations, and communities to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022. Learn your role from this CDC [tag] Vital Signs. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu
  • Heart disease and strokes are costly and common—and in 2016, 1 in 3 of these life-changing events happened in adults ages 35–64. The good news is that up to 80% of these events are preventable. Explore proven prevention strategies in the latest CDC [tag] Vital Signs. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu Million Hearts [tag]
  • We must act now to improve the nation’s heart and brain health. Read the new CDC [tag] Vital Signs to learn how your state, health system, or community can help Million Hearts [tag] prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu
  • Americans ages 35–64 are less likely to use aspirin or statins when indicated, and only about half of them have their blood pressure under control. Check out the newest CDC [tag] Vital Signs to learn how small changes can make a big difference in America’s heart health. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu

Twitter

  • Take action! @MillionHeartsUS is calling on health systems, public health orgs, and communities to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2022. Learn your role in this @CDCgov #VitalSigns. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu
  • In 2016, 1 in 3 heart attacks and strokes happened in adults ages 35–64—but up to 80% of these events are preventable. Explore proven prevention strategies in the latest @CDCgov #VitalSigns. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu @MillionHeartsUS
  • We must act now to improve the nation’s heart health. Read the NEW @CDCgov #VitalSigns to learn how your state, health system, or community can help @MillionHeartsUS prevent 1M heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2022. http://bit.ly/2MsToLu
  • YOU can help prevent 1M heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2022. Change will happen only if everyone takes small, consistent steps toward better heart health. Get started today! http://bit.ly/2MsToLu #VitalSigns @CDCgov @MillionHeartsUS

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Take action with Million Hearts today so we can save a life tomorrow.
Find out what you can do at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/

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Sample Newsletter Content

Vital Signs: Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes

Heart attacks and strokes are catastrophic, life-changing, and all too common—yet most are preventable. Alarmingly, more than 800,000 of these events happened to adults ages 35–64 in 2016. Many opportunities to spot and treat risk factors, such as identifying people with undiagnosed high blood pressure and improving physical activity, are missed every day.

Visit cdc.gov/vitalsigns to read and share the latest Vital Signs report, which provides important details about people at risk, including:

  • Americans ages 35–64 are less likely to use aspirin or statins when indicated, and only about half of them have their blood pressure under control.
  • Blacks/African Americans are more likely than whites to develop high blood pressure—especially at earlier ages—and are less likely to have it under control.
  • People with mental health and/or substance use disorders use tobacco more frequently.
  • People who have already had one heart attack or stroke are at high risk for a second.

Million Hearts® is a national initiative with a network of partners focused on preventing 1 million heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events by 2022. By supporting actions to take small daily steps at the personal, community, and system levels, people and professionals can have a major impact in reducing rates of heart attack and stroke.

We at [insert organization name] are proud to partner with Million Hearts® to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Learn more about Million Hearts® 2022 by visiting http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/. To learn how you can get involved, contact [insert organization point of contact name and email address].


Sample Press Release

Use this modifiable press release to inform your partners and networks about the new Vital Signs report and your efforts to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2022.


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