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DPH is partnering with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in an effort to reduce the number of deaths each year.

Heart disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women, accounting for nearly 600,000 deaths annually. Every year, about 785,000 Americans suffer a first heart attack. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, accounting for more than 128,000 deaths a year. Every year, about 795,000 people have a stroke.

To increase awareness about how to prevent heart attack and stroke in the first place, how to recognize the signs, and what to do if someone has a heart attack or stroke, DPH partnered with the Massachusetts Medical Society to produce this month’s edition of Physician Focus: Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke.

In addition, Massachusetts is partnering with the CDC on the Million Hearts Campaign, which aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next 5 years. The Department will continue its work to educate people about reducing the amount of salt in their diet, encouraging healthy eating and active living through Mass in Motion, recognizing the signs of  heart attack and stroke, and educating people about the ABCS of prevention.

This information is provided by the Department of Public Health .

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