About the Missouri Million Hearts Initiative

Million Hearts
is a national campaign formed to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

The partnership of key health organizations in Missouri raises awareness by highlighting the cooperation and individual work of the partners to achieve the shared goal of saving lives from heart disease and stroke.

The strategic partnership in Missouri includes the American Heart Association, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Primaris, the Missouri Primary Care Association and the Missouri Pharmacy Association.

The partnership is committed to the prevention of 20,000 heart attacks and strokes across Missouri over five years by using the framework of the Million Hearts initiative.

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.

Heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 3 deaths in the country.

Million Hearts aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving access to effective health care.
  • Improving the quality of care.
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications related to aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation

The Million Hearts Initiative will focus, coordinate and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives.

Million Hearts will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.

Million Hearts brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

For more information, including the variety of national, state and local partners, the public is encouraged to visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov.

American Heart Association / American Stroke AssociationMissouri Department of Health and Senior ServicesMissouri Pharmacy AssociationMissouri Primary Care AssociationPrimaris