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Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes, The “Million Hearts” Initiative

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The “Million Hearts” initiative is worth keeping for its reach and cost-benefit.  It is designed to "prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years by implementing proven, effective, inexpensive interventions."

In the clinical realm, Million Hearts will improve management of the “ABCS” — aspirin for high-risk patients, blood-pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation. As for community-based prevention, the initiative will encourage efforts to reduce smoking, improve nutrition, and reduce blood pressure. It will implement the cardiovascular-disease–prevention priorities of the National Quality and National Prevention Strategies and help in meeting targets set by Healthy People 2020.

Frieden TR, Berwick DM. "The 'Million Hearts' Initiative--Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes." N. Eng J Med Sept. 13, 2011