The Million Hearts Campaign Initiative

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…
Department of Health and Human Services recognized the need for implementation of preventative measures to prevent heart disease and improve overall health conditions for Americans. On Tuesday, September, 13, 2011 and announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources introducing the initiation of the Million Hearts Campaign Initiative (U.S, Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). The “Million Hearts brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011, p. 1). The co-leaders in the Million Hearts are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This initiative involves many agencies that continue to work in collaboration to improve health and improve life for American Citizens. Other agencies involved in this initiative include: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, The American Heart Association, the Administration for Community Living, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the YMCA, as well as …show more content…
After all, those are all risk factors that place individuals at a high risk for developing heart disease. It was unfortunate that prior to the initiation of the initiative, "more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes occur each year, resulting in > 800 000 cardiovascular deaths." (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 2012, p. 1). Prior to the initiation of the initiative, statistics indicated 31% of American adults had hypertension and out of the 70% of individuals that received medications to reduce blood pressure, only 46% of the individuals were controlled (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 2012). The clinical significance of the Million Hearts Initiative on the community is outstanding. With implementing community-based interventions nationwide, teamwork, focusing on ABCS, and the utilizing health information technology, the Million Hearts Initiative has made progress in preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

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