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Heart Health

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.

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Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program

This program is ACPM's flagship effort to encourage the adoption of the lifestyle medicine core competencies into practice. The first-of-its-kind continuing medical education curriculum—recently updated up the latest evidence base—provides a comprehensive introduction to the foundational principles of lifestyle medicine for physicians, nurses, and a wide range of health professionals dedicated to prevention and public health. The program was developed with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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.

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2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol

New clinical guidelines were released by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and others that provide additional specificity to the 2013 recommendations, reinforce the need for appropriate-intensity statin therapy among people at risk of having an ASCVD event, and emphasize the importance of patient–clinician shared decision making. Circulation. November 10, 2018.

ACPM Endorses New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure

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

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.

CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

This year, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is emphasizing the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart. Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, which can be hard to detect as it often shows no signs or symptoms. (Benjamin EJ, et al. 2017)

The Division's work in February and beyond focuses on starting important conversations about heart health among providers and health care teams, and by empowering them to initiate conversations with patient and communities about how to prevent and manage high blood cholesterol. We encourage you to check out the additional awareness and practice resources they've made available online for patients and providers.

Million Hearts®

Million Hearts(R)

Many practices and systems work with their patients to achieve blood pressure control. The 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge will identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have exceptional rates of hypertension control.

Health professionals, practices, and health systems that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80 percent (blood pressure reading of <140 mmHg/<90 mmHg among their hypertensive population aged 18 to 85) are eligible to enter the challenge. The submission deadline is April 1, 2019.

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