Primary Care Innovations To Improve Cardiovascular Health Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are approximately 610,000 deaths attributed to heart disease, and roughly 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Primary care settings provide an important opportunity to deliver preventive services and care management for at-risk patients. Clinical practices are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve patient outcomes.

The featured Innovations describe a primary care practice’s approach to delivering intensive care management services for patients with chronic cardiovascular conditions, a community clinic program that used culturally tailored counseling to reduce dietary fat intake among African-American women, and a program that uses information technology and automated blood pressure measurement to identify patients at risk of undiagnosed hypertension.

The featured QualityTools include a tool to help clinical practices improve their approach to hypertension care, a Million HeartsTM toolkit to help integrate heart disease and stroke prevention efforts with other work, brochures and fact sheets with recommendations for cardiovascular diseases from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and a critical analysis of the literature on quality improvement strategies for hypertension care. 

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