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Prevent heart attacks and stroke by knowing your A-B-C-S

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  
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Prevent heart attacks and stroke by knowing your A-B-C-S

August means it’s time to get the kids ready to go back to school. It’s also a good time for parents, grandparents and other adults to check in on their health. While the kids are learning their ABCs, adults can brush up on the ABCS of blood disease and stroke prevention:

·        “A” stands for taking Asprin when appropriate.

·        “B” stands for Blood Pressure control. Do you know your numbers? Make sure to check them regularly and stay on top of your blood pressure.

·        “C” stands for managing your Cholesterol by eating heart healthy foods. Stay away from high sodium and processed foods.

·        “S” stands for Smoking Cessation. Smoking increases you risk of heart disease and stroke. Quitting smoking or not smoking in the first place are the best ways to boost your health.

While the ABCS are the building blocks of education, the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention are the building blocks of good health. So, while the kids are shopping for pencils and new backpacks, be sure to get out and shop for heart healthy foods. And while the kids try out for new sports, adults should be thinking about how to get in the 30 minutes a day of recommended exercise.

Heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today. They account for more than 800,000 deaths each year – that’s 1 in every 3 deaths.

The good news is that you don’t have to become a statistic. Talk to your doctor or other health care providers about how you can stay heart healthy. Ask them about the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention.

Doctors and health care providers, talk to your adult patients about who they can keep from becoming a statistic. Ask them if they know about the ABCS of heart disease and stroke prevention.


Million Hearts® 2022 Partner Resources

American College of Preventative Medicine

Asprin Talks


American Heart Association

Lifestyle Changes for Heart Attack Prevention

Asprin and Heart Disease

Help Quitting Smoking


American Heart Association and American College of Cardiologists

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention 


American Medical Association

Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke through M.A.P. 


American Pharmacists Association

Your Pharmacist and You: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease  


Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Iowa Case Study on Promoting the ABCS of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 

New York Case Study on Improving the ABCS of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


Cardio Smart: American College of Cardiology

Resources for Heart Disease Prevention


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Educational Materials for Patients

Educational Materials for Professionals


The Community Guide

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control


Million Hearts® 2022

Clinical Quality Measures

Fact Sheets for Providers


Physical Activity

Tobacco Use


National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

ABCS Expert Directory


Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

The Heart Healthy Toolbox 



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