The Million Hearts Initiative

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Unfortunately, in the United States, heart disease remains the number one cause of death in both males and females (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). It is indicated, “About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015, p. 1). Fortunately, many healthcare providers/organizations recognize the current issue and current interventions are being implemented across the nation with hopes to decrease the incidence of deaths resulting from heart disease. Healthcare organizations are working together to implement various interventions with the hopes to improve the overall cardiovascular health of American citizens. A popular program …show more content…
The population being targeted by this initiative is American Citizens at risk for developing and /or previously diagnosed with heart disease. This initiative intends to promote “ the 'ABCS ' of clinical heart disease prevention (appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation) as well as overall healthier lifestyles and communities" (Healthy People, 2015, p. 1).
The Million Hearts initiative has implemented many interventions and programs nationwide to promote health and to assist American citizens with an understanding that an improved health system in the United States can have positive impacts on Americans and can save lives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). The mission of the initiative includes preventing stroke and heart disease by improving the following
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The activation of the Affordable Care Act assists the Million Hearts Campaign with improving care to patients in communities nationwide (Frieden & Berwick, 2011). Increasing the number of Americans with health insurance coverage continues to assist the Million Hearts Initiative with "reduce financial barriers to preventive care, and expanding community health centers will increase access to care and reduce health disparities"(Frieden & Berwick, 2011, p. 1). In an article provided by the National Library of Medicine, Benjamin (2012) indicates “"The Million Hearts initiative has made tremendous progress in raising awareness among health-care professionals, patients, and communities about how they can help reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (Benjamin, 2012, p. 558). Positive results continue to arise as a result of the community-based programs initiated nationwide by the Million Hearts

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