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.

This initiative’s overall goals are to address the increasingly important topic of patient access in the cardiovascular space. More specifically, it: 

  • Identifies leading access challenges faced by patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Brings together multiple stakeholders for dialogue to better understand both challenges and any best practices that exist
  • Develops collaborative solutions that can support patients and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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.

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.

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is excited to announce its Stronger Hearts™ Best Practices Awardees. 

Spread the word about reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke by signing up for the World Heart Day Thunderclap. Together, we can reach people all over the globe with this life-saving message. Let’s make some noise for heart health this World Heart Day! And don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to do the same!

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., it is often preventable. Walking is one of the easiest ways to lower one’s chances of heart disease and its risk factors, like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. That's is why the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is working with mayors across the country to host the Move with the Mayor Challenge, a World Heart Day-inspired campaign that asks citizens to take literal steps to improve their health by walking during the month of September.