Friday, February 1, 2013
Heart disease is one the leading killers in Oklahoma, claiming an estimated 12,600 lives in 2012. Chronic health conditions burden businesses, impact our economy and drive up the cost of healthcare. OFMQ calls Oklahoma businesses to take part in preventing heart disease this American Heart Month by supporting the nationwide Million Hearts™ campaign. Million Hearts™ is a nationwide effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes.
“Heart disease continues to be a major issue – for both men and women – with Oklahoma ranking 48th in the country,” said Dr. Glenn Lytle, OFMQ’s medical director. “People can lower their risk, and Million Hearts™ can help people make heart healthy choices and take the right steps if they need treatment,” he said.
Public support for Million Hearts™ is growing, and OFMQ is leading a push to increase awareness and support in Oklahoma among health care and public health professionals, Native American tribes, industry, government and the public. OFMQ works in partnership with physicians and others in Oklahoma to improve preventive care for chronic disease.
Following are some recommendations to help people prevent heart disease:
According to the latest State Health Rankings Report*, Oklahoma is 48th in the nation in deaths from cardiovascular disease. However, the state’s overall health ranking improved, moving from 46th to 43rd.