The Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Program's mission is to provide leadership in the state of Alabama to prevent death and disability from heart disease and stroke, eliminate disparities in health and health care, and work with its many partners to fully implement a plan focusing on policy and system changes in the worksite, healthcare, and community settings.
Download the 2010 Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke.
February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but it can often be prevented by identifying risk factors and making healthy lifestyle choices. Help your Medicare patients reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke:
- Recommend appropriate preventive services, including cardiovascular disease screening tests and intensive behavioral therapy for cardiovascular disease
- Get tools and resources through HHS Million HeartsŪ, a national initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017
Visit the Preventive Services website to learn more about Medicare-covered services.
Blood Pressure Task Force
Visit the Blood Pressure Task Force for information developed to assist clinicians in the identification, treatment, and management of hypertension utilizing scientific evidence-based approaches.
Request for Proposals: Quality Improvement Initiatives Addressing Hypertension and Diabetes
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is accepting proposals for grants to increase implementation of quality improvement processes and increase the use of team-based care in health care settings. Goals of the initiative are to improve control of blood pressure among patients with a hypertension diagnosis and enhance control of diabetes among patients with a diabetes diagnosis. Details can be found in the full Request for Proposals below.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking continue to put more people at risk for heart disease and stroke. To address these risk factors, CVH is focusing on the ABCS of cardiovascular disease prevention.
A = Aspirin Use
Ask your provider about taking:
- One baby aspirin (81 mg) everyday, or
- One regular aspirin (325 mg) every other day.
B = Blood Pressure
- Normal blood pressure should be at or below 120/80.
- Reduce your sodium consumption.
C = Cholesterol
Ask your provider about how often to check your cholesterol.
- Normal total cholesterol levels should be below 200.
- LDL (bad cholesterol) should be below 100.
S = Smoking Cessation
Research shows using a quitline with medication increases abstinence rates. Ask your provider about quitting, or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit the Alabama Quitline for more details.
Stroke is an emergency. If you are among the millions of Americans who are not yet familiar with the symptoms of stroke, here is a quick and easy way to remember how to recognize a stroke when it happens to someone you know. Remember the word FAST.
F = Facial Weakness
Can the person smile? Have their mouths or eyes drooped?
A = Arm Weakness
Can the person raise both arms? Is one arm slightly lower?
S = Speech/Sight Difficulty
Can the person speak or see clearly and understand what you say?
T = Time to Act
Time loss is brain lost. Call 9-1-1.
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