According to the American Heart Association, in 2013 in Massachusetts, heart disease was the second leading cause of death, and stroke was the third leading cause of death. In the Division of Prevention and Wellness we aim to reduce disability and death due to heart disease, stroke, and hypertension through risk reduction. We have efforts aimed at tobacco cessation, reducing risk for hypertension, identification of the signs and symptoms of stroke (FAST Campaign), improving the quality of stroke care through The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program and improving nutrition/physical activity, including reducing sodium.
Office of Clinical Preventive Services
Division of Prevention and Wellness
Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion
Massachusetts Department of Public Health