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.
Protect Your Heart
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:
Visit the Preventive Services website to learn more about Medicare-covered services.
2016 Blood Pressure Control for Better Health
About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure - that's 1 out of every 3 adults per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about half (52%) of those with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Nearly 1 out of 3 American adults have blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range. High blood pressure costs the nation $46 billion each year which includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat high blood pressure and missed days of work. ADPH created the 2016 Blood Pressure Control for Better Health program to provide practical steps for blood pressure control. The two-hour program is specifically designed for nurses, social workers, clinicians, public health and pharmacists.
May is American Stroke Month
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have designated May as "American Stroke Month." The focus of American Stroke Month is to make sure there are plenty of "stroke heroes" ready to save lives - and quality of life - from stroke. For more information about strokes and how you can help someone who is suffering one, visit Stroke or check out the American Stroke Association on how to spot a stroke.
May is Healthy Vision Month
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of blindness worldwide and primarily among non-Hispanic whites. It is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans aged 65 years and older. An estimated 2.2 million Americans suffer from advanced stages of AMD, a number expected to double by 2050. Hypertension and high cholesterol are among the risk factors for developing this condition. Learn more about AMD from the CDC or the National Institute of Health's National Eye Institute.
World Hypertension Day - May 17
Tens of millions of Americans have high blood pressure, but just half of those with the condition have it controlled within a healthy range. High blood pressure has a domino effect on health, leading to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and even kidney disease. Taking control of high blood pressure can have a huge impact on the rates of CVD and kidney disease. In honor or World Hypertension Day on May 17, the American Heart Association is asking you to get your blood pressure checked as part of a global effort to reach three million blood pressure checks. Check your blood pressure now through May 17, go to the American Heart Association's site and click the "I checked my blood pressure" button.
High blood pressure and hypertension affects thousands of Alabamians. Here are some resources to help you reach those patients who suffer from these conditions.
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.
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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