How is the AHA Addressing Million Hearts: For Consumers

Updated:Jul 22,2014

American Heart Association Tools and Resources to support Million Hearts®

AHA has defined "ideal cardiovascular health," and Life’s Simple 7® is the seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors that support heart health. Life’s Simple 7® includes: blood pressure control, physical activity, cholesterol, healthy diet, healthy weight, smoking status and blood glucose.

My Life Check™ empowers people to take a simple step toward a better life. In just a few minutes, users can get their personal Heart Score and a custom plan with the steps they need to start living their best life.


Heart360® is a health and wellness tracking tool that helps individuals manage their blood pressure to goal, as well as other important heart health factors like cholesterol, glucose, and physical activity, as well as medication adherence. Upon completion of the initial My Life Check™ assessment, consumers can export their results into Heart360®. Heart360® will then allow ongoing tracking and monitoring of a consumer’s health stats as they make progress toward their health goals.

This tool provides users with the opportunity to share their personal heart health record with a healthcare professional or health mentor. Throughout the tool, targeted messaging is presented based on the consumer’s condition and inputs.


With the Heart Attack Risk Calculator, people can determine their 10-year risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease and get a report to discuss with their healthcare provider. Users can also discover ways to lower their risk of heart attack. In addition, by registering, users have the ability to view their “History” to see how Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and risk levels changed over time.

*The Heart Attack Risk Calculator is not connected to the 2013 Treatment Guidelines for Professionals


 

How is the American Heart Association addressing the Million Hearts® Priorities?

Aspirin

MH AspirinThe American Heart Association recommendations for people at high risk of heart attack should take a daily low-dose of aspirin (if told to by their healthcare provider) and that heart attack survivors regularly take low-dose aspirin. You should not start aspirin therapy without first consulting your physician.  The risks and benefits of aspirin therapy vary for each person.

MH AspirinThe American Heart Association recommendations for people at high risk of heart attack should take a daily low-dose of aspirin (if told to by their healthcare provider) and that heart attack survivors regularly take low-dose aspirin. You should not start aspirin therapy without first consulting your physician.  The risks and benefits of aspirin therapy vary for each person.

MH BP MonitorBased on the positive results of Check It, Change It, Check. Change. Control.™ is rolling out across the United States. Modeled after Check It, Change It, this AHA/ASA program empowers people to learn about, monitor and manage their blood pressures through a combination of resources.

Local volunteer health mentors are recruited and trained to encourage you to monitor your blood pressure and stay consistent with your plan. With blood pressure monitoring available at no cost in many pharmacies, healthcare facilities and fire stations, anyone can easily find out their blood pressure numbers.

 

 

MH cholesterol Even though high cholesterol may lead to serious heart disease, most of the time there are no symptoms. This is why it is important to have your cholesterol levels checked by your doctor (View an animation of cholesterol). To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association recommends that you work with your healthcare professionals to monitor and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

CigaretteSmoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking causes more than one in five deaths in America. 90 percent of lung cancer in men is directly related to smoking and 80 percent of lung cancer in women is caused by cigarettes.  Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries — which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke.

 

MH SaltThe average American eats more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day – almost 2,000 milligrams more than the AHA recommends. Sodium is an essential nutrient, but this amount is far too high and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. One-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and about 90 percent of American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure over their lifetimes. Visit heart.org/sodium for more information and tips for reducing sodium in your diet, along with healthy recipes without too much sodium.

MH DiversityThe American Heart Association has a number of multicultural initiatives to help reach diverse communities. To learn more about our cause-based initiatives click here.