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DHMH : Maryland's-Million-Hearts-Commitment

Maryland's Million Hearts Commitment

Maryland is committed to doing its part to help reach the Million Hearts™ goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States over the next five years by emphasizing the ABCS—Aspirin use as appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Maryland, accounting for a quarter of deaths in 2009. Maryland has identified reducing deaths from heart disease as a top priority as part of the State Health Improvement Process, through which Maryland tracks 39 critical health measures to improve the health of residents. To do our part in the Million Hearts™ Initiative, Maryland has a series of ongoing and new programs and initiatives that focus on preventing heart disease and its risk factors –high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and tobacco use – and promoting healthy lifestyles.
These innovations range from clinical management efforts – such as the Maryland Medical Home Program that creates incentives for prevention, wellness and advance care – to community initiatives that aim to transform communities into healthy environments. In addition, Maryland is using the data-driven approach of Governor Martin O’Malley’s State Stat program to improve efficiency and accountability in health promotion and disease prevention efforts. Together, these efforts will help us attain our goal of reducing heart disease and creating a healthier Maryland as part of the Million Hearts™ Initiative.
To learn more about the Million Hearts™ Initiative, visit
Read about Maryland's commitment to the Initiative.

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