I’d like to highlight some new resources that are available to us as we pursue continued progress in our mission. AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update 2014, is now available online as a supplement to the journal Circulation. The Update contains the latest numbers on cardiovascular diseases and stroke occurrence and levels of risk factors in the community, treatment costs, quality of care trends, and many related topics.
New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Check out the 2013 top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke science.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released the first report on smoking and tobacco. The report, issued Jan. 11, 1964, spurred landmark legislation that required warning labels on cigarettes and banned tobacco advertising on television. Still, smoking kills 443,000 Americans and costs the nation $193 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity each year. To mark the historic anniversary, the American Heart Association and other leading health organizations outlined goals last week to reduce the adult smoking rate to less than 10 percent in 10 years, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in five years and eventually end the tobacco epidemic. You can learn more about this critical call-to-action here: American Heart Association marks 50th anniversary of surgeon general’s report on smoking.
In just a few short weeks, we will once again celebrate the fight against heart disease in women on February 7, National Wear Red Day. While 330 fewer women are dying each day, heart disease remains the leading killer of females and 90% of women possess one or more risk factors. This year the American Heart Association is encouraging people to raise their voices and “Speak Red” by sharing information about heart disease symptoms, risk factors and prevention. Join us in celebrating National Wear Red Day in your neighborhood, church, community organization or business by downloading free resources at www.GoRedForWomen.org/WearRedDay. Let’s commemorate the finale of Go Red For Women’s 10th year anniversary by turning the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate red in bigger and bolder ways than ever before!
Wayne D. Rosamond
President, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate