Decrease Cardiovascular Deaths
MaineHealth remains focused on managing risk factors to prevent cardiovascular disease and maximizing the quality of care of patients who have cardiovascular disease.
Age-adjusted cardiovascular death rates have declined in Maine and the U.S. since 2000. Reductions in cardiovascular mortality can be attributed, in part, to advances in clinical treatments and improved quality of evidence-based care provided. Increases in Mainer's healthy eating and active living habits, as well as the reduced prevalence of tobacco use in Maine, have also contributed to this decline in mortality. Continued focus on reducing high blood pressure and high cholesterol is critical to continuing the reduction in cardiovascular mortality. During the period 2012-2014, 33% of Mainers had been told they have high blood pressure and 40% have high blood cholesterol.
- Train providers on accurate blood pressure measurement.
- Reach agreement on treatment guidelines for hypertension and cholesterol levels.
- Implement guidelines for cardiovascular disease across healthcare settings and within health systems.
- Monitor, educate and engage patients in care.
- Train First Responders on treatment guidelines.
- Expand access to:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Affordable medications
- Ventricular devices
- Implement evidence-based programs such as:
- National Diabetes Prevention Program
- Million Hearts Program
- DASH diet
- CPR training
- Expand access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
- Advocate for policy and environmental changes that support cardiovascular health.
Logic Model: Decrease Cardiovascular DeathsMore...
Logic Model – A roadmap or diagram showing chain results connecting activities to the expected initial outputs, and intermediate and final outcomes. It provides a basis for developing the performance measurement and evaluation strategies
2016 America's Health Rankings Report
Active Community Environment Teams PowerpointMore...
Developed by the Maine CDC, this brief presentation provides an overview of Active Community Environment Teams (ACETs), offers suggestions for how to pull one together, mentions common challenges, and provides resources to support ACET work. It is useful for those embarking on ACE work to have the basic level of understanding that this presentation provides.
America's Health RankingsMore...
America's Health Rankings compares the health of all 50 states to each other. This ranking tool is used as a benchmark for MaineHealth's Health Index.
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