admin - September 21, 2011
Several government agencies as well as private-sector businesses have come together to launch a campaign for your heart and stroke health.
According to the website, managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the campaign, dubbed Million Hearts, is to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes through the year 2017.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog, heart attacks and strokes account for one-third of all deaths and costs $275 billion in medical care, according to Thomas Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
So it is the purpose of the CDC, as a co-leader of Million Hearts, along with other government agencies and private businesses, to work together and use available advanced technology and standards of care to prevent and treat heart disease more aggressively and efficiently.
Some of the things you can expect from this Million Hearts program could be:
- A reminder from your doctor that you need to have your cholesterol checked
- Guidance on prevention (e.g. when to start an daily aspirin regimen)
- Free blood pressure checks at your local Walgreen’s
- Smoking cessation programs
- Healthier available foods
Of course, as advocates for the Power of Prevention, we at Life Line Screening feel this is a great campaign! As always, we will do our part by continuing to send out information and reminders about staying proactive with your healthcare, as well.
Why not start today on your road to better health by signing up for our complementary health newsletter at: http://links.lifelinescreeningmail.com/servlet/SignUpForm?f=20204.
Read more about the Million Hearts program on its website, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/about_mh.html
Read The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog in full detail at: http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2011/09/13/uncle-sams-heart-disease-busting-campaign/?mod=google_news_blog
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