The Montana Cardiovascular Health Program has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2000. The program conducts statewide activities to prevent heart disease and stroke and associated risk factors - particularly hypertension and high blood cholesterol. The program has:
- Launched the Hypertension Coalition to focus statewide efforts on improving blood pressure control.
- Assessed existing policies and systems that promote cardiovascular health in a variety of settings including worksites and healthcare.
- Sponsored the annual Cardiovascular Health Summit conference for health professionals.
- Created a five-year heart disease and stroke state plan.
- To view a full copy of the Heart Disease and Stroke State Plan, click here or on the image below.
- Formed the Montana Stroke Workgroup. This is a working collaborative of doctors, emergency response professionals, rehabilitation professionals and healthcare facilities dedicated to implementing a statewide Stroke Initiative to enhance diagnosis, treatment and care of stroke patients.
- Formed a Cardiac Workgroup to improve quality of care for acute myocardial infarction patients by creating a statewide coordinated care program. The Cardiac Workgroup members created a toolkit of cardiac resources, which is available at http://cardiac.mt.gov.