martes, 10 de febrero de 2015

Million Hearts e-Update: January/February 2015

Million Hearts: Help prevent 1 million heart attacks and stokes by 2017. E-update.

February is American Heart Month—an opportunity for everyone to join forces in the fight against heart disease and stroke. This year, Million Hearts® is using the opportunity to increase awareness about risks for high blood pressure among African American men. I hope you will join me in sharing the tools for health care professionals and patients available at Please participate in and spread the word about the activities listed below to your members, patients, colleagues, and loved ones. Here’s to a heart-healthy February!
—Janet Wright, MD, FACC
Executive Director, Million Hearts®

Do This!
Easy Ways to Support Million Hearts® This American Heart Month
  • Join Million Hearts® and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Minority Health on Wednesday, February 18, at 2 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat on how health care professionals can help improve patients’ blood pressure control.
  • Show your support and display the American Heart Month Twibbon on your social media channels during February.
  • Sign up for the American Heart Month Thunderclap, a chance for thousands to post the same action-oriented message about heart health all at once—Friday, February 27, at 12 p.m. ET.
  • Coming soon: winners of the 2014 Million Hearts®Hypertension Control Challenge. Check back soon to see if a clinician, practice, or health care system in your community has successfully controlled hypertension.

Tools You Can Use

  • Visit the Million Hearts® American Heart Month resource page—This one-stop shop provides resources for health care professionals to help detect (accurately diagnose) hypertension, connect patients with the appropriate clinical care, and make blood pressure controlyour—and your patients’—goal.
  • Check out the new Message to Millions Hypertension Control Message Map—Million Hearts® partners and supporters can share these consistent, science-based messages with consumers, health care professionals, and other audiences to help them prevent heart attacks and strokes. Remember: You can download a new Message Map on a different topic every 3 months on the Million Hearts®website.
  • Watch the archived webinar about Phase 2 of ONC's EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge—On January 23, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kicked off Phase 2 of the Challenge with awebinar explaining how two primary care practices improved patients’ hypertension control using health information technology. The winning Phase 1 Challenge submissions and materials are now available for Phase 2, which closes October 23. Enter Phase 2 today to spread these processes to as many practices as possible to improve hypertension control rates; the grand prize winner receives $30,000.
  • Stay informed about the latest tobacco control news and announcements with ActionToQuit Network—Sign up for a free, weekly email about tobacco control from the Partnership for Prevention. Announcements include upcoming events (conferences, webinars, trainings), funding and public comment opportunities, research articles, news and press releases, federal updates, state projects/successes, and new resources (publications, toolkits, videos, policy reports). More than 2,200 tobacco control leaders, advocates, and professionals already receive this weekly update—join them today!

Million Hearts® in the Community

Let us know what you're doing to advance Million Hearts® in your community! Send us a short description with some key points, and we may feature you in a future e-Update!

The Science of Million Hearts®

  • Increased use of prescription cholesterol-lowering medication among U.S. adults aged 40 and older. Using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, the National Center for Health Statistics found a significant increase in the percentage of adults aged 40 and older who used a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication. In 2003–2004, one in five adults reported using a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication in the past 30 days. By 2011–2012, that number had risen to one in four adults. High cholesterol is one of the most common preventable risk factors for types of cardiovascular disease that involve hardening of the arteries.
  • American College of Cardiology CEO releases call to reduce access to tobacco products. In an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Shalom Jacobovitz, CEO of the American College of Cardiology, discussed the importance of partnerships and support in improving the nation’s cardiovascular health through reducing access to tobacco products.
  • Affordable Care Act creates opportunities to help smokers quit.In an opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine,members of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health discussed provisions of the Affordable Care Act designed to address the long-standing gap in insurance coverage for smoking cessation programs. The authors noted that these provisions could contribute greatly to improving the quality of health care and achieving better health outcomes while reducing health care costs.

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