Million Hearts™

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative 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 in the United States. Launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Million Hearts™ initiative brings together public and private partners to prevent heart disease and stroke.

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Million Hearts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year approximately 795,000 people have a stroke. On average one person dies every 4 minutes from a stroke. What things could you do to prevent a stroke? Let's look:

  •  Having healthy eating habits
  •  Maintaining a healthy weight
  •  Be physically active 4 or more days a week
  •  Not smoking 
  •  Limiting alcohol use

People who have a support system in addition to medications, patches, or gums are more than twice as likely to quit tobacco products. If you or a family member are interested in learning more about quitting commercial tobacco please contact your doctor or call 1-800- QUIT NOW. For more information about heart healthy habits please take a look at our document center or go to American Heart Association: Go Red for Women.  

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What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they no longer receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

What are the symptoms of stroke?

What makes stroke symptoms distinct is their sudden onset:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

What can you do to reduce your risk of stroke?

There are things you can do to prevent stroke. To reduce your risk of stroke monitor your blood pressure, track your cholesterol level, stop smoking, exercise regularly and find out if you should be taking a drug to reduce blood clotting. Ask your provider if you should be taking aspirin or another medication to help reduce your stroke risk. 

What to do if you think someone is having a stroke?

Call 9-1-1 immediately

This information and more can be found on the Million Hearts website at:

Or on the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke website at:


Move Your Body

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans healthy adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week. Remember to start slow and be safe. This may mean you start out with 15 minutes of chair exercises each day and build up. If you are concerned about your health but want to start exercising, see a medical provider before beginning an exercise program.

Local opportunities:

    • Wings program offers the entire family an opportunity to be more physically active through various fun runs, walks, and 5K runs throughout the year. For more information visit:Wings


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