SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula- The million hearts initiative

SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula- The million hearts initiative

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Million Hearts initiative is a national effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the United States by bringing together communities and health care systems.

Dr. Paula Walker-King stopped by News Leader 9 Morning to talk about The "Million Hearts" initiative that focuses on improving the "ABCs" of cardiovascular health.

Started by the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate heart disease prevention awareness.

The ABC's of cardiovascular health:

-Aspirin when appropriate

-Blood pressure control

-Cholesterol management

The ideal blood pressure is 139/89 or lower. The consequences of high blood pressure are:

-heart attack

-stroke

-chest pain

-heart failure

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