TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Heart and Stroke Alliance of Kansas are supporting the Million Hearts Initiative to encourage all Kansans to take steps today to improve their heart health. Million Hearts is a national effort lead by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death for men and women of all races and ethnicities in the United States and in Kansas.
“Heart disease is largely preventable if you know your risks and how to lower them,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “Risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, obesity, physical inactivity, stress and diabetes are within your control and can be changed.”
Million Hearts addresses the major risk factors for heart disease and helps prevent heart attack and strokes by focusing on the ‘ABCS’– Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation.
“Many people who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke don't know it,” said Dr. Moser. “Knowing your ‘ABCS’ and talking to your doctor about your heart health are important first steps to reduce your risk.”
Million Hearts also aims to support people in making healthy choices, such as eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting sodium consumption, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco and moderating alcohol intake. These actions can reduce some of the risk factors for heart disease and reduce the number of people who need medical treatment. For more information on heart disease, contact the Kansas Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Million Hearts and pledge your support online, please visit www.millionhearts.hhs.gov.
In fiscal year 2012, Kansas received $608,003 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address heart disease. KDHE’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program supports state and community initiatives to reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, increase awareness of the signs and symptoms, improve emergency response, improve quality of care and eliminate health disparities. Visit www.kdheks.gov/cardio for additional information on the program.