Chronic Disease PreventionBetter Together.
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. They also are a key reason for rising healthcare costs.
- Eight of ten adults 65 and older have at least one chronic condition and approximately seven in ten have two or more.
- People affected by multiple chronic conditions are at risk of early mortality, poor functional status, and hospitalization. They also face significant out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare and prescription drugs.
- Direct and indirect costs of total cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $329.7 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
Four primary risk factors contribute to the development and progression of chronic disease.
- Tobacco use and exposure
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol use
Healthy behaviors directly contribute to positive health outcomes. Chronic disease self-management education programs also impact the development of long-term change for a healthy lifestyle. Improving health outcomes related to chronic conditions must be a joint effort between the healthcare professionals, the community, and the individual. From identifying at-risk individuals to providing self-management education and support, every individual contributes to and benefits from a collaborative approach.
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Million Hearts® Resources
Cardiac Care Resources
American Heart Association Go Red for Women
American Heart Association Know Diabetes by Heart™ Professional Education Podcast Series
CDC Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
CDC Life After a Heart Attack
CDC Vital Signs
CDC YouTube Video: How to Prevent a Million Heart Attacks and Strokes
Go4Life - National Institute on Aging
Medicare Cardiovascular Disease Screenings
Million Hearts Campaign Tools and Resources
Million Hearts Initiative Infographic
The Heart Truth Program
World Heart Federation
South Dakota Heart Disease State Plan
American Heart Association Managing Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Podcast
May Clinic Top 5 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Cholesterol
WebMD Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center
CDC Cholesterol Information
Chronic Disease Management
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