Improving Cardiac Health, Preventing Strokes and Reducing Disparities

Focusing on the ABCS of cardiac risk reduction

Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Cardiac Health

An estimated 17 million people die of heart disease every year; the majority from heart attacks and strokes.

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network has joined the fight to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes, by 2017, through the national Million Hearts® initiative. Sign up TODAY to be One in a Million Hearts®

We are partnering with healthcare providers to ensure cardiac care is safe, appropriate and preventive measures are taken to get the best health outcomes possible.

It is also important for you to take the following actions to ensure a healthy heart and reduce your risk of heart related disease:

  • Talk to your healthcare professional about your heart health
  • Understand your family’s health history – identify risks for heart disease and stroke that family members have experienced
  • Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly
  • Learn ways to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • If you smoke, get help to stop
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet (high in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol)
  • Exercise regularly (30 minutes per day)
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions about your medications
To get connected, join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network. It is an excellent way to access resources, materials and network with others. Join the Learning and Action Network today.


We hope, through our efforts, individuals will receive better care, have better health outcomes and an overall better care experience. Partner with us; let’s make a difference together.


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(A) Aspirin Therapy Talk to your doctor about your health history and ask if taking an aspirin daily is right for you.

(B) Blood Pressure Control High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. If yours is high, take steps to lower it.

(C) Cholesterol Management Half of adults with high cholesterol do not get treatment. Get tested and take control.

(S) Stop Smoking Smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Consumer Documents
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Exercise and Physical Activity Every Day Guide
Good HealthEvery Day Health: Exercise and Physical ActivityNational Institute on Aging
Know the Facts about Blood Pressure
ResourceKnow the Facts about Blood PressureCDC
Cholesterol Fact Sheet
ResourceCholesterol Fact SheetCDC
Consumer Links
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No Extended DescriptionAmerican Heart Association Heart Attack Risk CalculatorAmerican Heart Association
No Extended DescriptionMy Life Check - Life's Simple 7 (Heart Score)American Heart Association
No Extended DescriptionTaking Care of YourselfAmerican Heart Association
No Extended DescriptionSmoking Cessation Health CenterWebMD
No Extended DescriptionBetter Manage Your Blood Pressure With Heart
No Extended DescriptionAmerican Heart Association: HeartHub for
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Good Health VideoGo4Life Video: Balance and WalkingNational Institute on Aging
YouTube Video - Building Strength
Good Health VideoGo4Life Video: Building StrengthNational Institute on Aging
YouTube Video - Stretching
Good Health VideoGo4Life Video: StretchingNational Institute on Aging
YouTube Video - Exercise Success Stories
Good Health VideoGo4Life Video: Exercise Success StoriesNational Institute on Aging
Add a Tooltip TextPreventionActionToQuit ProgramAltaram
The Heart TruthThe Heart Truth CampaignNational Heart and Blood Institute - the Heart TruthNational Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Use of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Heart Attack and StrokeConsumer ResourcesFDA Resources for YouFood and Drug Administration
Resource for Aspirin UseConsumer ResourcesAspirin and Heart DiseaseAmerican Heart Association
Aspirin and Heart Disease ResourceConsumer ResourcesResource for Aspirin
WebMD Smoking Cessation Health CenterConsumer ResourcesWebMD Smoking Cessation Health CenterCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.