Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes – the Million Hearts® Initiative

CHI St. Vincent was the only organization from Arkansas selected to participate in the Million Hearts® CVD Risk Reduction Model. Our heart doctors will be working with healthcare practitioners around the country to reduce heart attacks and strokes. The MH Model is a program to help people cut their risk for heart attacks and strokes. This model supports the broader Million Hearts® Initiative, a national health initiative launched in 2012 whose goal is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Lessons from the MH Model will help Medicare take better care of future patients.

Participating in the Million Hearts® Initiative

If you are asked to participate in the MH Model, your doctor or nurse will screen will screen you for your 10-year risk of a heart attack or stroke using the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) 10-year Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) calculator. This risk calculator uses several pieces of information about your health—including your age, gender, blood pressure, cholesterol level, and smoking status. Your healthcare team will work with you to understand your risk and discuss ways you can cut your risk for having a heart attack and stroke during the next 10 years. We’ll share with Medicare the information we collect to put together your risk score. There will be no cost for you aside from your normal copay and we will not share personal identification information.

Developing Treatment Guidelines Based on Individual Risk

Each heart is different and so is the risk for heart disease. With information gathered from CHI St. Vincent patients and from patients across the country, Medicare will be able develop treatment guidelines for people based on their individual risk. The CVD Risk Reduction Model is expected to reach over 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and involve nearly 20,000 health care practitioners over a five-year period beginning in September 2016 and running through August 2021.

CHI St. Vincent Cardiology Clinics Participating in the Million Hearts initiative