May 29, 2012 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP), the second-largest physician group in the United States, has joined Million Hearts, a public-private sector initiative that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in five years. Million Hearts has two primary goals:
"Internal medicine specialists are at the forefront of treating patients with multiple, chronic conditions that can lead to heart attack and stroke," said Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, executive vice president and CEO, ACP. "Patient-centered, team-based care, which is a central tenet of ACP and Million Hearts, is vital to improving patient health, including reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke."
The ACP Foundation, which develops materials to help improve communication between patients and clinicians and give patients tools they need to effectively manage their health, offers the following resources related to heart attack and stroke prevention:
People of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities can have a heart attack or stroke, which are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. However, certain groups -- African Americans, people between the ages of 40 and 60, and women -- are at higher risk.
You can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by exercising for 30 minutes several days per week; eating a healthy diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables; and avoiding foods high in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol. Ask your doctor if aspirin will reduce your risk for a heart attack, how to lower your cholesterol levels if they're high, and for resources to help quit smoking. It is also important to follow your doctor's instructions for medications and treatment.
By empowering Americans to make healthy choices and improving care, Million Hearts strives to achieve the following specific goals:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if the above goals are met, 10 million more Americans with high blood pressure will have it under control, 20 million more Americans with high cholesterol will have it under control, and four million fewer Americans will smoke by 2017.
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