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Nation's Leading Preventive Health Groups Seek to Save Lives by Transforming Americans' Approach to Health
Date:2/11/2008

- American College of Preventive Medicine and Partnership for Prevention

Take Aim at Preventing Heart Disease, America's Number-One Killer -

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and Partnership for Prevention (Partnership) have joined forces to change the way Americans approach their health, from costly disease treatment to cost-effective disease prevention. The organizations have targeted heart disease, the nation's number one killer, with a number of initiatives, including the announcement of a new project designed to increase doctor-patient discussions about the role of aspirin in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.

"Heart disease will cost America about $450 billion this year,"(1) said Mike Parkinson, MD, FACPM, MPH, president of the American College of Preventive Medicine. "Heart disease is preventable and there are very important steps people can take -- but aren't taking -- to prevent heart disease from occurring in the first place like improved diet, exercise and stopping smoking. One inexpensive but effective way of reducing the risk of heart attack for people at increased risk is to take a doctor-recommended low-dose aspirin, but studies show aspirin is underutilized by people who would benefit."(2)

The initiative, which targets both consumers and healthcare professionals, includes "Heart Healthy Texas," a consumer-focused event to provide people with the most current information about preventing heart disease. It also includes the announcement of a pilot study to test the effectiveness of professional and patient tools designed to promote better dialogue about the role of aspirin in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, ultimately resulting in improved health through the broader, appropriate use of aspirin.

"Our goal is to reach both patients and healthcare providers with important information about the easiest and most c
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