Like many people, we all know someone who has suffered from a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, cardiovascular disease is still one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with one in three people dying from heart disease or a stroke. But, luckily, we have the power to change that by working together to stay healthy and active and keep our hearts strong.
One thing the Center for Disease Control and other government entities are doing, is teaming up together for Million Hearts, which aims to prevent the nation’s leading killers and empower all to make heart-healthy decisions. Million Hearts was launched in 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years.
Goal of a Million Hearts
There are two main goals that the Million Hearts campaign hopes to achieve through preventing heart attacks and strokes. Those goals are:
· Empowering Americans to Make Healthy Choices: Sounds simple, right? This goal can easily be achieved by avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of trans fat and sodium intake into our bodies. By doing these simple things, we can eliminate the amount of times we go to the doctor for high blood pressure or high cholesterol, thus preventing heart attacks and strokes.
· Improving Care for People Who Need Treatment: This goal will happen by encouraging focus on the “ABCS” which means Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. All these items address the major risk factors of cardiovascular disease.
Don’t hesitate to sign up for the Million Hearts pledge! Make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by clicking here: www.millionhearts.hhs.gov. One other way you can contribute to a healthier lifestyle is by exercising for at least 30 minutes a day most of the week. Take care of your health now! In the event of a heart attack or other emergency, please dial 9-1-1.