Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S.,
and stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) is the fifth most deadly. In an effort to address the growing number of
deaths associated with these conditions, due primarily to the aging of our
population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for
Medicaid & Medicare Services in the Department of Health and Human Services
introduced a national cardiovascular disease risk reduction initiative called Million Hearts® in September of 2011.
The mission of this initiative is to prevent 1 million heart attacks
and strokes by 2017 focusing on the "ABC’S" of prevention . . .
As a partner of the Million Hearts® initiative, The Ohio State
University Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Office of Human Resources,
and other health care disciplines are collaborating to offer programs and
services for OSU faculty, staff, students, and the community. For example, faculty, staff, and eligible
partners and spouses are eligible for free biometric health screenings that when completed decrease health insurance premiums. Other events and presentations on
nutrition and heart health are being presented at OSU and in the
community. Health care students are also being educated about how to conduct and
interpret the Million Hearts® health screenings performed in the community
Read more about this initiative and join the national Million Hearts® initiative by clicking here!