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Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies

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Interprofessional Aging Studies

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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 . . .

  • Aspirin when appropriate
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation  
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 setting.

Read more about this initiative and join the national Million Hearts® initiative by clicking here!

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