Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. This American Heart Month, encourage your patients to check their blood pressure between office visits. It’s never been easier now that Walgreens is conducting free blood pressure checks in its store nationwide during the month of February.
Million Hearts Initiative
Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. It is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, two agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Million Hearts will achieve its goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by engaging practices in the "ABCS" of clinical prevention (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation), and encourage healthier lifestyles and supportive communities.
Resources for physicians/providers:
The Million Hearts® Resources and Toolkits were designed to help practices address heart disease and stroke prevention efforts in their practice and provide resources to support their patients.
The Million Heart’s website consists of multiple patient tools, videos, healthy eating, meal plans and lifestyle resources and evidence-based treatment protocols to help practices support the goals of this national campaign.
Available to your patients: Cardiovascular Disease Management Program
Independent Health’s Disease Management program focuses on helping patients manage their hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia and hypertension and other chronic conditions. Key features of the program include:
- 24 Hour Medical Helpline: Provides access to registered nurses to get answers to medical questions, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by dialing 1-800-501-3439.
- Health Promotion: Outreach calls from our Care Management professionals who follow national disease management guidelines to educate members about their disease and appropriate lifestyle modifications.
- Educational Resources: Your patients will periodically receive mailings containing the latest health information including ways to control their disease and modify their risk factors.
- Periodic Health Reminders: Mailings are sent out to remind your patients that they are due for important heart health-specific and preventive health services.
Official AHA/ASA and ACCF/AHA guidelines, quick-reference tools and mobile apps provide healthcare providers and students with instant access to current guidelines.