How is the AHA Addressing Million HeartsŪ: For Professionals

Updated:Aug 4,2014
 

The Guideline Advantage™ combines the expertise of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association to advance prevention and disease management in the outpatient setting. The Guideline Advantage™ quality improvement program utilizes data from electronic health records (EHRs) or health technology platforms to report on adherence to evidence-based treatment guidelines within the outpatient setting.

The program aligns with key national initiatives and supporting Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiatives.


The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are excited to provide a series of new cardiovascular prevention guidelines for the assessment of cardiovascular risk, lifestyle modifications that reduce risk, management of elevated blood cholesterol, and management of increased body weight in adults. To support the implementation of these guidelines, the new Pooled Cohort Equations CV Risk Calculator and additional Prevention Guideline are available here.

How is the American Heart Association addressing the ABCS and Sodium Reduction Priorities?
 


 

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

Check.Change.Control Leadership Community

MH BP HeartThe American Heart Association has brought together leaders across the healthcare, pharmaceutical, device, retail, and technology industries, along with key players in community health, to work together to propose solutions to one of our nation's most threatening health emergencies. By participating in this community with your ideas, expertise, and commitment to helping more Americans control their blood pressure, you are helping the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and all of our partners take an important step closer to success.

MH BP HeartThe American Heart Association has brought together leaders across the healthcare, pharmaceutical, device, retail, and technology industries, along with key players in community health, to work together to propose solutions to one of our nation's most threatening health emergencies. By participating in this community with your ideas, expertise, and commitment to helping more Americans control their blood pressure, you are helping the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and all of our partners take an important step closer to success.

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 that you can share with your patients, such as infographics, tips for reducing sodium in the diet, and healthy recipes without too much sodium. You may also visit AHA’s webpage for Statements and Guidelines on Diet and Nutrition to find our scientific publications related to sodium reduction.

CigaretteMany people find support groups and hotlines helpful when quitting smoking. Knowing that there are resources to help your patients quit smoking can help them stay committed to being smoke-free. These organizations may offer personalized help or listings of classes and support groups in your community.

The American Heart Association has developed a five-step tool to help patients look at quitting as a process. Medicines can help people quit smoking when they are used correctly. Nicotine replacement therapy contains gradually decreasing doses of nicotine to help reduce the headaches and irritability when someone quits smoking. Non-nicotine prescription medicines can also help by making nicotine cravings less severe.

You may also visit AHA’s webpage for Statements and Guidelines on Tobacco/Smoking to find our scientific publications related to the impact of tobacco products and exposure on cardiovascular disease.

 

MH Guidline AdvantageIn 2013, the American Heart Association released a call to action for healthcare providers, public health practitioners and policy makers to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. The AHA Guide to Improving Cardiovascular Health at the Community Level integrates a theoretical framework for population-wide CV risk reduction and provides evidence based strategies, intervention goals and recommended actions. 


Million Hearts® Tools & Resources

Publications

UPCOMING WEBINARS:
TBD


PAST WEBINARS:
Million Hearts® and Cholesterol: 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults: Review of Case Studies
Held on Friday, November 21, 2014
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Recording
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CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Preventing A Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact,”
Held on Tuesday, September 16
Now available at http://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/archives/2014/september2014.htm

Million Hearts® and Smoking Cessation-Leveraging ACA Initiatives in States and Local Communities
August 27, 2014
1:00-2:00 pm CST/ 2:00-3:00 pm ET
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Million Hearts®  and Controlling Hypertension in Adults: Guidance for the Use of Protocols
August 26, 2014
2:00-3:00 pm CT/ 3:00-4:00 pm ET
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Recording
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Million Hearts® and Sodium Reduction Strategies: State and Federal Innovative Actions
August 11, 2014
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Blood Pressure Guidelines: Using Science for Integrated Public Health and Clinical Care Systems
2013 ACC / AHA / CDC Science Advisory: An Effective Approach to High Blood Pressure Control (Available here). Featuring Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Heart Association, the webinar will also address the role of public health, payers, and other key partners in adopting a systems approach to improve hypertension control. Slides.
April 11, 2014; 1pm-2pm EST
http://www.nationalforum.org/hypertensionwebinars2014


AHA and National Forum
Million Hearts® and Sodium: Best Practices and Opportunities
Recording, Slides and Description

NACCHO and AHA featuring Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, AHA
Million Hearts: Controlling High Blood Pressure- A Public Health Imperative

ASTHO and NACDD
Million Hearts Engagement at the State Level

Published materials about the science behind Million Hearts®.

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Laura King Hahn, Program Initiatives Manager
The Collaboration for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
408-412-8825 or laura.king.hahn@heart.org