Heart Disease and Stroke Initiatives

Cardiovascular health is essential to an individual's overall health. Check out statewide plans for heart disease and stroke, care toolkits, how to prepare a community for cardiac emergencies, and more.

Even if your heart isn't where it should be, it's never too late to make healthy changes. According to the CDC, there are seven proven strategies to improve your heart health, reduce your risk of heart disease and even prevent other chronic conditions such as diabetes and various cancers:

  1. Get to Know Your Health — Talk to your family members and health care provider to learn your health history and what you could be at risk of.
  2. Fuel Your Body — Eating a balanced diet with more nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and protein can make all the difference in your heart health.
  3. Get Moving — We all know how important physical activity is. Get at least 2.5 hours of aerobic activity weekly and muscle-focused activity at least twice a week.
  4. Quit Tobacco — Whether you smoke, vape, or use smokeless products, tobacco can cause damage to nearly every part of your body. Call 1-866-SD-QUITS to quit for free!
  5. Medications Matter — Always consult your doctor before changing your medication dosage or discontinuing use. Follow instructions closely.
  6. Smart Sips — Choose water over sugary drinks, and if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Women who aren't pregnant stop at one, and men stop at two.
  7. Self-Monitor — Get a blood pressure monitor for your home so that you can self-measure your blood pressure. Get guidance from your doctor if you need it.

Did you know that the CDC reports heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States?