Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts® is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.
Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
- Improving access to effective care.
- Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
- Appropriate Aspirin Therapy for those who need it
- Blood Pressure Control
- Cholesterol Management
- Smoking Cessation
- 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 for the ABCS.
The Million Hearts webpage www.millionhearts.hhs.gov provides countless resources including:
- A more detailed overview of the initiative
- Articles and information
- Ways to stay connected, news and events
- National and local partners
- Pledge page
- Media information
- Tool kits and materials focusing on partners, blood pressure (protocols and home monitoring), team-based care, Spanish language, and grand rounds.
What are we doing?
The EPICC Program has a workgroup focused on furthering the Million Hearts (MH) initiative in Utah. Members include EPICC, HealthInsight, BeWise, Community Transformation, private providers, and the American Heart Association. The MH Workgroup meets monthly to coordinate efforts. Our current initiative is to improve clinical blood pressure measurement through education in Utah. Please contact Brittany Brown at (801) 538-6215 if you would like to be part of the workgroup.
The EPICC Program worked with HealthInsight to develop a guide to help primary care practices to use their electronic health record (EHR) data to improve the quality of care for the ABCS:
(A) an aspirin for those who need it; (B) blood pressure control; (C) cholesterol management; and quitting (S) smoking. Diabetes is also included, as it is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke and should be monitored closely.
The guide explains:
- Pulling reports from an EHR
- What blood pressure, diabetes and cardiac measures to look for in an EHR
- Best practices to improve quality of care