Cardiovascular Health

NACCHO is a member of the national Million Hearts® Collaborative, a group with a goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. NACCHO helps local health departments identify information and resources to advance local practice and educate the public on the importance of preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.

February’s Focus
The rates of heart attacks and stroke among individuals between the ages of 35 and 64 are rising, which is why Million Hearts® 2022 has designated this group as a priority population. Current data show that individuals in the younger age groups who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol may be less likely to receive medication for their conditions, leaving them at greater risk for heart attacks and stroke. Additionally, risk factors for younger adults – such as physical inactivity and tobacco use – are increasing. Million Hearts® is calling health professionals to honor American Heart Month by encouraging patients age 35-64, especially young adults, to make heart healthy lifestyle changes now.

Upcoming Heart Health Events

  • The American Kidney Fund is hosting a free Webinar on Thursday, Feb. 22, titled, “How to be a Heart Healthy Kidney Patient: The Role of Sodium and Fluid.” Tune in at 1 p.m. EST.
  • Webinar: How to be a Heart Healthy Kidney Patient on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (EST)
    In this webinar, Dr. Heung will discuss the critical role of sodium (salt) and fluid in contributing to heart disease among patients with kidney disease.  The key topics of his discussion will include:
    • How heart disease affects patients with kidney disease
    • The role of sodium and fluid in contributing to heart disease, and the reasons for sodium restriction
    • Effective approaches for improving fluid and sodium management for patients with kidney disease

The following organizations have collaborated with NACCHO to prevent cardiovascular disease in communities throughout the United States.