Decrease Cardiovascular Deaths

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MaineHealth remains focused on managing risk factors to prevent cardiovascular disease and maximizing the quality of care of patients who have cardiovascular disease.

Age-adjusted cardiovascular death rates have been declining in Maine and the U.S. since 2000 however recently rates in the U.S. have stabelized and in Maine rates have shown a slight uptick.  Reductions in cardiovascular mortality can be attributed, in part, to advances in clinical treatments and improved quality of evidence-based care provided.  Increases in Mainer's healthy eating and active living habits, as well as the reduced prevalence of tobacco use in Maine, have also contributed to this decline in mortality.  Continued focus on reducing high blood pressure and high cholesterol is critical to continuing the reduction in cardiovascular mortality.  


Clinical Strategies

  • Train providers on accurate blood pressure measurement.
  • Reach agreement on treatment guidelines for hypertension and cholesterol levels.
  • Implement guidelines for cardiovascular disease across healthcare settings and within health systems.
  • Monitor, educate and engage patients in care.
  • Train First Responders on treatment guidelines.
  • Expand access to:
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
    • Telehealth
    • Affordable medications
    • Ventricular devices

Community Strategies

  • Implement evidence-based programs such as:
    • National Diabetes Prevention Program
    • Million Hearts Program
    • DASH diet
    • CPR training
    • Expand access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Policy Strategies

  • Advocate for policy and environmental changes that support cardiovascular health.
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