By Dr. Cavin Ward-Caviness, Principal Investigator (Computational Biologist), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD, NHEERL, EPHD, CRB
This post originally appeared on the EPA blog.
Air Quality Awareness Week, April 29–May 3, is a perfect time to think about how far we have come in understanding how air pollution affects the cardiovascular system. As a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist studying heart disease, I am very excited about current and future research in this area. Though the burden of heart disease on our society remains high (see the American Heart Association 2018 Statistics on Heart Disease and Stroke), we have only to look at the promising lines of current, cutting-edge research to find reasons to be optimistic about the progress we are making in our understanding and treatment of heart disease. Continue reading
Black churches are answering the call to action to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities associated with cardiovascular disease by establishing Policy, System and Environment (PSE) changes. Through an expanded partnership with the Omaha Million Hearts® 2022 in Municipalities Project, the Omaha faith-based community will be able to sustain efforts in reducing cardiovascular disease. Continue reading
By Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, NACCHO President and Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department (MA)
The burden of cardiovascular disease poses significant risk to the health and well-being of our communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, approximately 610,000 Americans die from heart disease—one in every four deaths. Someone dies from a heart disease-related event every minute in the United States.1 These statistics have dire consequences for the quality of life and vitality of our populations. Our nation also experiences these consequences economically: Heart disease costs the United States about $207 billion each year in healthcare services, medications, and lost productivity.1 Continue reading
World Heart Day is a worldwide observation to promote awareness and intervention in cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. This year, World Heart Day occurs on Sept. 29. NACCHO calls on local health departments to commemorate World Heart Day by raising awareness about cardiovascular health in their communities.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is partnering with NACCHO, the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Amgen to help organizations promote cardiovascular health. Using partner resources, the National Forum created a social media toolkit that encourages Americans to take one step toward healthier hearts: getting their cholesterol checked.
Having high levels of “bad” cholesterol, also known as LDL-C, is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease; however, there are no symptoms for high cholesterol. Therefore, adults must get their cholesterol checked to find out if their LDL-C puts them at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, many Americans do not know their LDL-C levels; among those that do, less than half (48%) get treatment to control it. Local health departments can help people recommit to their heart health on World Heart Day.
Visit the National Forum’s World Heart Day Member Resource page to access a cholesterol management social media toolkit and a list of cholesterol-specific resources. NACCHO offers the Million Hearts Local Engagement Guide to help local health departments engage partners to advance heart health, and a webpage featuring other webinars, stories from the field, and resources. Local health department leaders interested in implementing heart health initiatives in their jurisdictions can learn about how Indianapolis, Green Bay, and New Orleans are celebrating World Heart Day this year. Together, local health departments can help their communities take a step toward a healthier future this World Heart Day.
By Camillia M. Easley, MPH, Program Analyst, Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease, NACCHO
February is American Heart Month, an opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) control and prevention. While cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death among men and women, certain populations are disproportionally affected by the disease. African-Americans have a higher mortality rate for cardiovascular disease, have a higher prevalence of hypertension and diabetes, and are less likely to be treated by evidence-based guidelines.1 Continue reading