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ACPM proudly supports American Heart Month, observed each year in February. We encourage physicians and other health professionals to utilize the below heart-healthy resources developed by ACPM, our partners, and other organizations committed to health promotion and disease prevention. And be sure to use the #heartmonth tag for social media activity.

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Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

This online education program provides a comprehensive introduction to lifestyle medicine, the evidence-based therapeutic approach to prevent, treat and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Featured are comprehensive lifestyle interventions—involving nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures—which address underlying disease risks, thereby decreasing illness burden and improving clinical outcomes within value-based medicine. Lifestyle medicine should be seen as a core competency for preventive and primary care medicine.

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Reducing CVD Risk & Health Disparities

This elective is comprised of four modules that focus on reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors—such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes, and smoking—among women identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WISEWOMAN program for being at high risk. The modules include evidence- and practice-based content created by expert faculty in cardiology, primary care, and family and lifestyle medicine. The elective includes four modules and is available for WISEWOMAN providers.

News / Articles

ACPM Endorses New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure
November 20, 2017

ACPM has endorsed new guidelines on the management of high blood pressure to eliminate the classification of prehypertension and define blood pressure (hypertension) at or above 130/80 mm Hg, rather than 140/90 mm Hg. ACPM was one of 11 organizations that contributed to the development of the guidelines.

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Lifestyle Medicine Education Essential for Improving Physicians’ Contribution to Disease Prevention
September 6, 2016

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in Circulation advocates for improved lifestyle counseling competency among future physicians by integrating key learning objectives into medical education and training. The authors contend that medical schools, by embracing healthy lifestyle promotion, counseling, and follow-up as part of required training, have the potential to lead a critically-needed paradigm shift in public health.

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Trends show that more younger adults are dying of heart disease and their rates of risk factors—such as physical inactivity, tobacco use, and hypertension—are also increasing. Million Hearts®, along with the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, encourage you let younger adults know they are not immune to heart disease and that they can reduce their risk through lifestyle changes and by managing medical conditions.

Their key messages for patients in taking control of your heart health, include:

  • Find time to be active.
  • Make healthy eating a habit.
  • Quit tobacco—for good.
  • Know your numbers.
  • Stick to the ’script (prescriptions)
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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is encouraging Americans to move more and Move with Heart, working toward at least 2.5 hours of physical activity each week that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless.

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American Heart Association

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This year, the American Heart Association is promoting seven simple steps that research has shown can make a difference for heart health.They include:

  • Eating better, which can stave off chronic disease. Steps include increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight because this can reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and bones.
  • Exercising, which can help with your cholesterol levels, weight and muscle tone.
  • Quitting cigarettes because even one can hurt you.
  • Managing blood pressure. Unhealthy ranges strain the heart, arteries and kidneys.
  • Controlling cholesterol to give your arteries the best chance to stay clear of fatty blockages that reduce blood flow.
  • Reducing blood sugar. This can lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
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