The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, also known as the Cardiovascular Health Program, receives federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and control heart disease and stroke, the state’s leading causes of death and major causes of disability.
The program aims to help reduce the rates of death and disability due to heart disease and stroke through primary and secondary prevention. The program works with other state and local agencies to promote heart healthy interventions such as smoking cessation, physical activity, healthy eating and prevention. Other efforts include working with partners to implement prevention guidelines to improve quality of care and eliminate health disparities in hospitals and community health centers.
Prevention efforts also include working with communities, schools and worksites to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, prevention and treatment of the risk factors that cause heart disease and stroke, the importance of calling 911 as well as the use and placement of automated external defibrillators.