Author: Dee Lorick

CDC’s latest Vital Signs report exposes a concerning trend

After decades of decline, progress has stalled in preventing stroke deaths. Although we have made excellent progress as a nation in treating stroke risk factors, almost 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and more than 140,000 die as a result. Rising rates of obesity and other risk factors may be …

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Million Hearts® in the Community

Million Hearts® in the Community Where does your state stand in tobacco use and prevention?  Find tobacco use rates, the economics of tobacco use and control, tobacco laws, and details on prevention and cessation in the Truth Initiative’s updated state-by-state fact sheets. https://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/South-Carolina-State-Fact-Sheet-2017.pdf  

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Million Hearts’ Clinical Quality Measures Alignment

Million Hearts’ Clinical Quality Measures Alignment The Million Hearts team worked with private and public partners to align evidence-based clinical quality measures across national reporting initiatives. They have shared that this has helped reduce reporting burden on clinicians, and, as a result, have been able to focus many improvement efforts on outcomes that matter. Visit …

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Particle Pollution

About Particle Pollution Particle pollution—also called particulate matter (PM)—is made up of particles (tiny pieces) of solids or liquids in the air. Research shows that short- and long-term exposure to particulate pollution are both linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, …

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CONSEQUENCES of High Blood Pressure: Know yourself

What keeps you from keeping up with your medicines? Eating healthy? Losing weight? Be aware of your barriers to better health and talk with your doctor about them. Your provider or clinic may have suggestions or know programs that can help. Once your treatment program becomes routine, maintaining a lower blood pressure is easier. Remind …

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Upcoming Webinar – Adherence of Nurse Practitioners to JNC 8 Guidelines

Adherence of Nurse Practitioners to JNC 8 Guidelines July 26, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST Join us as Stephanie E. Averette, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Division of Inpatient Services, describes Adherence of Nurse Practitioners to JNC 8 Guideline, a project with the South Carolina Department of Mental …

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Updates in Stroke Neurology {Recording} Webinar

Huge thanks to everyone who turned out for the webinar this last week! Updates in Stroke Neurology Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET 49 Minutes In case you missed it, or if you’d like to refer back, you can listen to the full recording of the webinar below: Below I have …

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Webinar – Target: BP – Improving Blood Pressure Control Through Actionable Data, Evidence-based Tools, Team-based Care, and Patient Engagement

Title: Target: BP – Improving Blood Pressure Control Through Actionable Data, Evidence-based Tools, Team-based Care, and Patient Engagement Date:  April 27, 2017 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST Guest Speakers: Laken Barkowski, RN, BSN Improvement Advisor, Improving Health Outcomes American Medical Association   Vikas Bhala, MPH, MBA Improvement Advisor, Improving Health Outcomes American Medical Association …

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Million Hearts® Action Guide “Identifying and Treating Patients Who Use Tobacco”

The Million Hearts® Action Guide series provides clinicians with evidence-based approaches for improving cardiovascular health.  Each guide offers action steps and features proven tactics to help more Americans live heart-healthy, stroke-free lives. If improving your patients’ cardiovascular health is a priority in your practice, Million Hearts® Action Guide series can provide the resources and assistance …

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