Million Hearts™ was launched in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other participating federal agencies include the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association and YMCA, among others.
Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States, making heart disease responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country.
Million Hearts™ brings together heart disease and stroke prevention programs, policies, and activities to raise awareness among health care providers, private-sector organizations, policymakers, and consumers about what can be done to prevent heart disease and stroke in our nation, and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. To learn more about Million Hearts™ and to pledge your support, visit millionhearts.hhs.gov.