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CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention supports implementation of public health strategies and policies at the state and local level to improve cardiovascular health. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/index.htm

Million Hearts

The Million Hearts initiative is a coordinated and multifaceted approach to prevent heart attacks. The initiative offers many resources for clinicians and public health including tools, protocols and guides. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/

Health, United States Spotlight - Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Heart Disease

This Spotlight explores racial and ethnic disparities in three heart disease topic areas: deaths, reported prevalence, and risk factors. Even though four clinical risk factors—hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high total cholesterol—are explored here, behavioral risk factors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, also differ by race and ethnicity.  https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/spotlight/2019-heart-disease-disparities.htm

Check it. Change it. Control it. Your Heart Depends on It Toolkit

The Check it. Change it. Control it. Your Heart Depends on It toolkit was designed to address high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol with African American families. The toolkit provides resources for both physicians and patients that focus on why it is important to track blood pressure and cholesterol and provides tips for improving lifestyle behaviors. Apps for both iPhones and Android phones to track, monitor and control blood pressure are also available. https://www.ohioafp.org/practice-tools-resources/check-it-change-it-control-it/

YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Community Programs

The YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program helps adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure through home self-monitoring of blood pressure and nutrition education. Four YMCA’s in Ohio currently offer the program: YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, YMCA of Greater Cleveland, YMCA of Findlay Ohio and the Tiffin Community YMCA Recreation Center Inc. http://www.ymca.net/blood-pressure-self-monitoring/

American Heart Association Cholesterol Resources

This American Heart Association website provides resources on cholesterol for professionals including guidelines, tools, mobile apps, studies and continuing medical education/continuing education.


Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative

The Ohio Cardiovascular Health Collaborative is a statewide initiative to improve cardiovascular health and eliminate cardiovascular health disparities. https://www.cardi-oh.org/

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke

CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke is an online mapping tool that allows users to create and customize county-level maps of heart disease and stroke by race and ethnicity, gender, age group, and more. https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/atlas/index.htm

Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool

This CDC Million Hearts® website contains an interactive Million Hearts® tool for health systems or practices to better understand hypertension prevalence among their patient population. The tool generates an expected percentage of patients with hypertension based on the specific characteristics of a health system’s or practice’s patient population. Providers can then compare the expected prevalence to their calculated prevalence—if the values are quite different, there may be patients “hiding in plain sight” with undiagnosed hypertension. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/hiding-plain-sight/index.html#tool

Self-Measured Blood Pressure Tools for Clinicians and Public Health

This CDC Million Hearts® website contains tools and resources for public health, clinicians and patients to help people with hypertension lower their blood pressure. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/smbp.html

Medication Adherence Resources

This CDC Million Hearts® website includes tools, tip sheets and resources for providers, patients and families to help patients improve medication adherence. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/medication-adherence.html

Cholesterol Management Treatment Protocols

This CDC Million Hearts® website includes standardized, evidence-based protocols and tools for cholesterol management. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/protocols.html#CMP

Hypertension Treatment Protocols

This CDC Million Hearts® website includes standardized, evidence-based protocols and tools for hypertension treatment. https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/protocols.html#HTP