February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month honors health professionals, researchers and heart health ambassadors whose dedication to fighting heart disease enables countless Americans to live full and active lives. This issue of QIO News is dedicated to the observance, which is focused on reducing the burden of heart disease by raising awareness, taking steps to improve individual heart health and encouraging colleagues, friends and family to do the same.

Don’t forget to wear red, take action and commit to fighting heart disease Friday, February 6 in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day®.

Cynthia Pamon, R.N., BSN, MBA, MSHCAD, CCM, Cardiac Program Lead at CMS, discusses the QIO Program’s cardiac health initiatives. 
In Sacramento, California, HSAG's eight-week blood pressure reduction program enabled patients to improve their health and to become more active participants in their care. 
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation’s interactive and social program – enhanced with community partnerships – has engaged native populations in Hawaii, Alaska, and Wyoming in improving their cardiac health. 
Alliant Quality, Georgia’s QIN-QIO, brings together stakeholders to create a united front for overcoming cardiac disparities. 
Healthcentric Advisors collaborated with Rhode Island health professionals to develop community-wide hospital standards and study their effectiveness in reducing readmissions. 
Did You Know? 
…One in every four deaths in America is from heart disease? Million Hearts® is working to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. By 2017, the initiative aims to reduce America’s smokers by 6.3 million and daily sodium intake by 20 percent, as well as add 10 million people to the blood pressure​“safe zone.” For more information visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/index.html