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Heart Disease

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A Healthy Heart = A Healthy Life

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the U.S. on medications that reduce the risk of heart disease—the No.1 killer in Florida.

Heart disease accounts for 3 out of 10 deaths in Florida and in 2014 there were 42,835 heart attack hospitalizations, or an average of 117 heart attack hospitalizations each day. About half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. By eliminating these risk factors and others we can take steps to reduce heart disease related deaths in Florida.


share the power World Heart Day 29 September 2017

World Heart Day 2017

The World Heart Federation is sponsoring their 18th annual World Heart Day which raises awareness of cardiovascular disease. This year’s World Heart Day will be celebrated on September 29, 2017 and the theme is “Share the Power.” This theme emphasizes that the key to a healthy heart is to “know your heart, fuel your heart, move your heart, and love your heart.”

One key element to remember about cardiovascular health is that many factors that cause an early death can be controlled and prevented through lifestyle changes. It is important to strive each day to protect your heart and the hearts of those you love. We encourage you to take the initiative to keep your heart charged and “Share the Power” to make a lasting difference in the health of your community.

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HeartHealth+ - research shows thet even small changes to everyday choices can have an overall affect on health. Having the tools that help those choices is a plus.

Health Care Organization: Incorporate Changes into the Structure of Health Care Settings
As a health care organization you are viewed as a key contributor to preventing cardiovascular disease. There are a variety of tools and programs available to incorporate health systems changes into the structure of health care settings. These tools are free to use and can be implemented in a variety of settings to assist patients with achieving proper blood pressure control and optimal cardiovascular health. Access to these tools can be found below.

Resources for Health Care Settings

Community Organizations: these Proven Resources can Encourage your Neighbors to Become Heart Healthy
Community organizations can encourage members of the community to become heart healthy by utilizing a variety of resources. Many resources are free to the public and can be implemented in settings such as churches and community centers. The utilization of community health workers is an integral part of achieving healthy communities and some of the resources below can contribute to enhancing their skills in heart disease prevention. These programs and tools can be implemented in a multitude of community settings and are recommended to achieve heart healthy communities.

Resources for Community Organizations

Schools and Colleges: Heart Disease Prevention Starts Early in Life with Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
It is important to focus on preventing heart disease at early ages starting with physical activity and healthy eating. Focusing on physical activity and healthy eating in children can contribute to preventing the onset of heart disease later in life.

Resources for Schools and Colleges

Worksites: About 60% of Adults Spend Most of their Day at Work
About 60 percent of adults work and spend much of their day at their worksite. Consider implementing some of these changes into your worksites to make it more heart health friendly.

Resources for Worksites