Preventing Heart Attack and/or Stroke

Feb 09, 2012

Did you know that heart disease and stroke is the leading cause of death in this country?  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in three deaths is from heart disease and stroke – that’s 2,200 deaths every single day, or more than 800,000 each year!  Heart attack and stroke are also the leading causes of disability, impacting not only the lives of the victim, but also their families.  In 2010, the cost in terms of health care expenses and lost productivity was more than $444 billion!

In recognition that February is American Heart Month, Griswold Special Care wanted  to provide some tips from the CDC on preventing heart attacks and/or stroke.

  • Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
  • Know your ABCS:
  • · Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day.
  • · Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
  • · If you Smoke, get help to quit.
  • Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.
  • Take control of your heart health by following your doctor's prescription instructions.


Million Hearts™

Launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years. This initiative is being co-led by CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Goals of Million Hearts™                                        

The Million Hearts™ Initiative seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by the end of 2016 by:

  • Empowering Americans to make healthychoicessuch as avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of sodium and trans fat they eat. These changes will reduce the number of people who need medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Improving care for people who do need treatmentby encouraging a focus on the "ABCS"—Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation—four steps to address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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