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Million Hearts

World Heart Day

This Sept. 29 marks World Heart Day. The focus for 2012 is on women, children and heart disease. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in three female deaths and 1 million babies are born annually worldwide with a congenital heart defect. Putting the spotlight on these vulnerable populations is more crucial than ever.

In order to raise awareness about CVD, the American College of Cardiology's CardioSmart® initiative has teamed up with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's The Heart Truth®; Campaign, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'; Million Hearts™ initiative, and healthfinder.gov for a special women's heart health Twitter Chat. During the chat, ACC's CardioSmart® Editor Joanne Foody, MD, FACC, and other experts will be on hand to discuss heart health, dispel myths and answer questions from participants joining the conversation from across the world. We invite you and your practices or hospitals to participate in the Heart Chat on Sept. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

Follow the experts on Twitter:

@CardioSmart: Dr. Joanne Foody, Medical Director, Brigham and Women's Hospital Cardiovascular Wellness Service and Editor of CardioSmart®
@TheHeartTruth: Dr. Ann Taubenheim, Director, The Heart Truth® Campaign, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
@MillionHeartsUS: Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director, Million Hearts™
@healthfinder: Dr. Don Wright, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Million Hearts 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 3 deaths in the country. Million HeartsTMis 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 HeartsTM aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving access to effective care.
  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

The Million HeartsTM 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 over five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million HeartsTM will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation. Million HeartsTM 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 HeartsTM within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration on Aging, 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 Veterans Administration. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among many others. Click here to learn more on how you can help make a difference.

While one in three adults has high blood pressure, only half of them have it under control. This is one critical reason why public and private organizations united in September 2011 in an unprecedented effort to help Americans improve the health of their hearts. Together we created the Million HeartsTM initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through clinical and community interventions...read the full post on the ACC In Touch Blog.

CDC Report Highlights Missed Opportunities in Treatment of Hypertension on Cardiosource.