The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

The Public Health Action Plan guides our work. Read how its seven action priorities drive our initiatives or download the full plan.

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The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is excited to announce its Stronger Hearts™ Best Practices Award. This award program aims to highlight innovative ways to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure by identifying community-based programs that have best practices to share.

Heart Month

Heart disease may be the leading cause of death in the United States, but the good news is it can be prevented!

Join us as we celebrate American Heart Month 2017 with the Million Hearts® initiative and encourage family members to have crucial conversations about heart disease prevention that can result in heart-healthy behavior changes. #HeartToHeart

In addition to the messaging developed by Million Hearts®, each week, the National Forum will be highlighting a different heart-health related theme by sharing information and links to resources created by our partners. Help us make a difference and share these strategies for heart disease prevention. 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a beat on any of our heart health tips.

Cheers to healthy hearts! 


Counter Cholesterol

The effect of high cholesterol touches much more than the health of one heart alone - it affects the lives of your family, friends and community. To combat the effects of high cholesterol, the National Forum created Counter Cholesterol to raise awareness about the risk high cholesterol poses to women and their families. 

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the number one cause of death in the U.S. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) came together to create and lead the Million Hearts® initiative. This initiative, which was launched in 2012, aims to prevent by one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Find out how the National Forum is supporting this CDC- and CMS-lead effort.

Mayor Benjamin

World Heart Day is the world’s largest intervention against cardiovascular disease. However, it is only one day, and it takes more than a day to change behavior. That’s why the National Forum leveraged World Heart Day to create the Move with the Mayor Challenge, a mayor-led campaign that encourages Americans to take control of their cardiovascular health through walking. 

The Stronger Hearts Helpline is a free, bilingual heart failure support service in San Bernardino County, CA that is available to patients and their caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. San Bernardino County has the second highest rate of heart failure in the state, with nearly 1 in 5 seniors suffering from this disease. This Helpline was created to help these patients and others better manage heart failure by easing access to services that support their doctor’s treatment plans.

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To better understand the role of value and issues around patient access, the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is launching a new initiative to convene our members and others invested in cardiovascular health.  Our goal is to develop a consensus statement specific to the value of appropriate medical therapies and ways to improve patient access to them.