Population Health

Cardiac Risk Reduction


Every provider wants to help at-risk patients prevent heart attacks and stroke–but supporting patients in making lifestyle modifications often is easier said than done. Although mortality decreased significantly over the last decade, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in America, ahead of cancer, accidents and respiratory disease.

Physicians, home health agencies, patients and families in areas with cardiac health disparities are coming together through the HQI Cardiac Improvement Network to implement best practices that improve heart health and prevent complications. Participants are:

  • Increasing the use of the ABCS approach to treatment (aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation) for high-risk individuals.
  • Leveraging electronic health records as a tool for managing population health, reporting data and measuring improvement.
  • Using the educational resources of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® initiative, which strives to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
  • Connecting patients to community resources for adopting and sustaining heart-healthy behaviors.

To take action, contact Kelly Proffit at kproffit@hqi.solutions.