Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Arkansas Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Section is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease through living a healthy  ifestyle. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Mission

To prevent and reduce disability and death from heart disease and stroke

Program Description

The Arkansas Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Section was established in October of 2000 through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the grant is to implement heart disease and stroke prevention interventions to reduce morbidity, mortality and related health disparities. 

Grant goals are to:

  • Improve heart disease and stroke health of all Americans
  • Reduce disparities
  • Delay onset of disease
  • Postpone death

 Grant Priorities include:

  • Improve heart disease and stroke health
  • Promote environmental and system change in health and worksites
  • Reduce disparities
  • Postpone deaths
  • Reduce disabling conditions

Initial steps and activities include:

  • Building infrastructure
  • Developing effective strategies (plan)
  • Facilitating collaboration
  • Identifying culturally appropriate approaches
  • Defining the burden, risk factors
  • Collaborating with partners to update  the 2004 state plan and develop a 5 year plan with strategies on heart-healthy policies, changing physical and social environments, and eliminating disparities (e.g., based on geography, gender, race or ethnicity, or income)