Beyond the Data: Preventing A Million Heart Attacks and Strokes


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CDC's Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Janet Wright discuss the progress that has been made with Million Hearts®, along with the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Providers should:

  • Utilize electronic health records to proactively reach individuals with elevated blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Place emphasis on detecting cases of uncontrolled high blood pressure which are hiding in plain sight

Communities can:

  • Implement smoke-free policies to lower exposure to smoke
  • Adopt food procurement policies that make healthier foods more readily available
  • Encourage and train individuals to self-monitor their blood pressure

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