Improving Cardiac Health, Preventing Strokes and Reducing DisparitiesFocusing 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
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.
(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.
|No Extended Description||Resource||Know the Facts about Heart Disease||CDC.gov|
|Exercise and Physical Activity Every Day Guide||Good Health||Every Day Health: Exercise and Physical Activity||National Institute on Aging|
|Know the Facts about Blood Pressure||Resource||Know the Facts about Blood Pressure||CDC|
|Cholesterol Fact Sheet||Resource||Cholesterol Fact Sheet||CDC|
|No Extended Description||Lower Your Cholesterol||NLM.NIH.gov|
|No Extended Description||MedLine Plus - Self Paced Interactive Tutorial||FamilyDoctor.org|
|No Extended Description||FamilyDoctor.Org - High Blood Pressure||FamilyDoctor.org|
|No Extended Description||MedLine Plus: Quit Smoking||NLM.NIH.gov|
|No Extended Description||Talk with Your Healthcare Provider About High Cholesterol||AHRQ.gov|
|No Extended Description||Talk With Your Healthcare Provider About High Blood Pressure||AHRQ.gov|
|No Extended Description||Control Your Blood Pressure||NLM.NIH.gov|
|No Extended Description||American Heart Association Heart Attack Risk Calculator||American Heart Association|
|No Extended Description||Better Manage Your Blood Pressure With Heart 360||Heart360.org|
|No Extended Description||American Heart Association: HeartHub for Patients||HeartHub.org|
|YouTube Video - Balance and Walking||Good Health Video||Go4Life Video: Balance and Walking||National Institute on Aging|
|YouTube Video - Building Strength||Good Health Video||Go4Life Video: Building Strength||National Institute on Aging|
|YouTube Video - Stretching||Good Health Video||Go4Life Video: Stretching||National Institute on Aging|
|YouTube Video - Exercise Success Stories||Good Health Video||Go4Life Video: Exercise Success Stories||National Institute on Aging|
|Add a Tooltip Text||Prevention||ActionToQuit Program||Altaram|
|The Heart Truth||The Heart Truth Campaign||National Heart and Blood Institute - the Heart Truth||National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute|
|Use of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Heart Attack and Stroke||Consumer Resources||FDA Resources for You||Food and Drug Administration|
|Resource for Aspirin Use||Consumer Resources||Aspirin and Heart Disease||American Heart Association|
|Aspirin and Heart Disease Resource||Consumer Resources||Resource for Aspirin Use||HealthFinder.gov|
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.