New initiative aims to reverse alarming rise in cardiovascular deaths

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death nationwide

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The number of cardiovascular deaths is rising again after a decades-long decline. As organizations working to advance cardiovascular health and the interests of medically underserved communities, the National Lipid Association Foundation and the National Medical Association are launching the Take Health to Heart initiative to reverse this alarming trend.

Cardiovascular disease kills more people each year than all forms of cancer and accidents combined – making it the leading cause of death in the country. Despite our knowledge of risk factors and advances in treatment, more than 800,000 Americans still die from cardiovascular disease each year. The rate of premature death has also increased over the past decade, with cardiovascular disease now accounting for one in five deaths among Americans ages 25 to 64.

“Many Americans are dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease, despite significant progress in our understanding of risk factors over the last few decades and the increasing availability of new therapies and approaches to treat the disease,” said Dr. Ann M. Liebeskind, vice president of the National Lipid Association Foundation. “We’re simply not doing enough to prevent cardiovascular deaths.”

Of particular concern is the undertreatment among racial and ethnic minorities, women, and rural Americans that is contributing to disparities in outcomes among these traditionally underserved populations, who often face disproportionately higher rates of risk factors, hospitalizations, and poor outcomes such as heart attack. , stroke, and death.

“Today, the most vulnerable among us continue to face significant barriers in accessing the care and treatment they need to address their cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Millard D Collins, President of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section. “We must act now to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity for a healthier tomorrow.”

The Take Health to Heart initiative seeks to drive changes in public policy to enable better access to optimal care and treatment, promote a more equitable health care system, and ultimately prevent the rise in cardiovascular deaths.

The Take Health to Heart initiative is driven by four key policy priorities:

  • Ensure broad, adequate, and timely access to care and treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease through reforms to prior authorization policies.
  • Enabling healthcare stakeholders to collaborate to address public health challenges through value-based agreements that improve patient access to innovative therapies.
  • Improve the quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease through updated quality measures that encourage patients to monitor modifiable risk factors such as LDL cholesterol.
  • Address socioeconomic barriers that contribute to significant disparities in cardiovascular outcomes through increased funding and use of programs that improve access to testing and services for underserved populations.

You can learn more by visiting TakeHealthtoHeart.org and joining the dialogue at twitter and LinkedIn.

About Bringing Health to the Heart

Take Health to Heart is an education and advocacy initiative of the National Lipid Association Foundation and the National Medical Association. Take Health to Heart is made possible through sponsorship from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

About the National Medical Association

The National Medical Association is the oldest and largest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United Statesserving as the collective voice for more than 50,000 physicians across the country.

About the National Lipid Association Foundation

The Foundation of the National Lipid Association is a non-profit organization focused on providing education and resources to help patients and their families manage and overcome lipid-related health issues that may put them at risk for heart attack or stroke.

SOURCE Take Health to the Heart

New initiative aims to reverse alarming rise in cardiovascular deaths

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